Austrian artist Arik Brauer speaks during an interview in Vienna, Dec. 2018
Austrian artist Arik Brauer speaks during an interview in Vienna, Dec. 2018
Photo: AFP
Austrian artist Arik Brauer speaks during an interview in Vienna, Dec. 2018

Austrian artist, Holocaust survivor Arik Brauer dies at 92

Viennese-born Brauer lost his father in a concentration camp while he hid from the Nazis as a child; Austria's president pays tribute to painter and songwriter, saying the country 'has produced few artists like him'

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Published: 01.25.21 , 15:17
Austrian artist Arik Brauer, known for his surreal paintings and murals, has died at the age of 92.
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  • Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported Monday that Brauer died late Sunday surrounded by his family. It gave no cause of death.
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    Austrian artist Arik Brauer speaks during an interview in Vienna, Dec. 2018
    Austrian artist Arik Brauer speaks during an interview in Vienna, Dec. 2018
    Austrian artist Arik Brauer speaks during an interview in Vienna, Dec. 2018
    (Photo: AFP)
    Born Erich Brauer in 1929 to a Jewish family that had emigrated from Russia to Vienna, he experienced the rise of the Nazis as a child.
    His father died in a concentration camp while Brauer himself survived the Holocaust by going into hiding.
    After the war, Brauer studied art and music, dual passions he would pursue throughout his life.
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    Arik Brauer appears during a press tour of his exhibition 'Arik Brauer - Gesamt.Kunst.Werk' at the Leopold Museum in Vienna, Nov. 2014
    Arik Brauer appears during a press tour of his exhibition 'Arik Brauer - Gesamt.Kunst.Werk' at the Leopold Museum in Vienna, Nov. 2014
    Arik Brauer appears during a press tour of his exhibition 'Arik Brauer - Gesamt.Kunst.Werk' at the Leopold Museum in Vienna, Nov. 2014
    (Photo: AFP)
    While Brauer's colorful art enjoyed international success, at home he was also widely known for his Austrian-German songwriting.
    Like fellow Austrian artists Ernst Fuchs and Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Brauer later tried his hand at architecture, designing what became known as the Brauer House in Vienna, the exterior of a church in the Austrian capital and murals on the Castra shopping mall in the northern city of Haifa.
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    Arik Brauer's mural of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden at Castra Mall in Haifa
    Arik Brauer's mural of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden at Castra Mall in Haifa
    Arik Brauer's mural of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden at Castra Mall in Haifa
    (Photo: Courtesy of Castra Mall)
    "Arik Brauer is dead," tweeted Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen.
    "Our country has produced few artists like him. Painter, musician, teacher -- his talents and abilities can hardly be appropriately listed."
    Funeral arrangements weren't immediately known.

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