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[Text: Denys Zacharopoulos]

It was in the early 1990s, while visiting the studios of the old Vienna Academy at Schillerplatz in the course of regular student work, I found myself mesmerized by some strange, large canvases. They were painted in an unusually grand manner. This kind of figurative painting, alien to the Viennese picturesque style, was in total contradiction to their dimensions. Nothing suggested a monumen-tal, iconographic, rhetoric or decorative programme on the part of the artist …