Gottfried Helnwein is a renowned visual artist, born in Austria and raised in Ireland. As a painter, draftsman, photographer, muralist, sculptor, installation and performance artist, Gottfried Helnwein has used a range of methods and media.
Early Life and Childhood
Gottfried Helnwein was born on October 8, 1948 in Vienna Austria. So he is currently 73 years old and he holds Austro-Irish nationality. Since his date of birth is October 8th, his zodiac sign is Libra while he follows Christianity.
In the direction of his family members, he was born to his father, Joseph Helnwein, and his mother, Margarethe Helnwein. His father worked for the Austrian Post and Telegraph Administration, his mother was a housewife. Elfriede Helnwein, Elisabeth Helnwein and Maria Helnwein are three of his siblings.
Speaking about his educational status, he joined the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where he graduated with a master class award.
working life and career
Helnwein’s early work consisted primarily of hyper-realistic watercolors depicting injured children, as well as paintings and performances in public places, sometimes involving children. Alongside the artist himself, the bandaged infant became the most important figure who worked with him in his actions: the personification of the vulnerable, innocent individual at the mercy of physical violence.
From 1969 Helnwein also made watercolors of injured and abused children. With bandages around his head and forks and surgical instruments piercing his mouth or cheek, the artist exposes himself as a victim and a martyr.
Comics are another important aspect of his work. Since childhood, Helnwein has recognized the superiority of cartoon life over real life. Helnwein’s painting “Mouse I” was included in the 2000 exhibition The Darker Side of Playland: Childhood Imagery from the Logan Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Although Helnwein’s art is rooted in German Expressionism, he incorporated aspects of American pop culture. In the 1970s he began incorporating cartoon characters into his paintings. Looking at his work from the 1970s to the present, one can identify inspirations such as Bosch, Goya, John Heartfield, Beuys and Mickey Mouse, all filtered through a post-war Viennese background.
Equally well known are Helnwein’s stage and costume designs for theatre, ballet and opera performances. Helnwein was an honorary member of iSTAN, the International Stage Art Network, a cooperation between the International Theater Institute ITI and the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing.
The multi-talented artist has made a lot of money from his artistic career. According to the online resources, he currently has an approximate figure net worth of $9 million.
Moving on to his personal life: The visual artist is married to a novelist Renate Helnwein. The couple married in a private ceremony in front of their closest friends and relatives.
We’re keeping an eye on things and will update her partner’s information as soon as we have it. Gottfried and his wife have four children named Cyril, Mercedes, Ali Elvis and Wolfgang Amadeus. The couple split their time between Ireland and Los Angeles.
Body Measurements and Social Media
Gottfried is a tall and handsome guy who is improving his body measurements. Speaking of height and weight, this is him 5 feet 10 inches or 1.78 meters tall and weighs about 70 kg or 154 pounds. He also has long dark brown hair and a pair of green eyes. However, he often wears a band on his head and sunglasses.
When it comes to his social media handles, he has his accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Likewise, he has a huge 397,000 followers on Facebook, more than 87.3,000 followers on Instagram, and over 3.5 followers on Twitter.