Austrian artist Arik Brauer, known for his surrealist works, has died at the age of 92, the Associated Press reported, quoted by BTA.
The artist died late Sunday, surrounded by his family, Austrian public television OERF reported. The cause of death was not specified.
Born as Erich Brauer in 1929 into a Lithuanian Jewish family that emigrated to Vienna, he was a child during the rise of National Socialism. His father died in a concentration camp, and Brouwer survived the Holocaust by hiding.
After the end of World War II, Brouwer studied painting and music, the two passions to which he would dedicate his life.
His bright paintings have international fame, and in Austria he is widely known as a songwriter.
Like his colleagues Ernst Fuchs, with whom he co-founded the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, and Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Brauer also experimented with architecture. His works include the famous Brauer House in Vienna, the exterior of a church in the Austrian capital, paintings in a mall in the Israeli city of Haifa.
Brewery House in Vienna (Photo: iStock by Getty Images)
June 22, 2010 The exhibition of Arik Brauer “Fantastic Art from Vienna” at the Panorama Museum in Bad Frankenhausen, Central Germany (Photo: AR / BTA)
“Arik Brauer has died,” Austrian President Alexander van der Belen wrote on Twitter. “Our country has given birth to few artists like him. An artist, a musician, a teacher – his talents and abilities could hardly be exactly arranged. “