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b. 1967, Austria

Anita Fricek Biography

Anita Fricek is an Austrian artist based in Vienna. She studied at Studio Hamilton in Florence, at CUNY Queens College, New York, and at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, a recipient of the Austrian State Stipend for Fine Arts, and had residencies in London and Sydney. She has exhibited widely over the last 25 years in both solo and group exhibitions, including Turner Contemporary, Margate; Künstlerhaus, Vienna; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Frankfurter Kunstverein; Sala Rekalde, Bilbao; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Artspace, Sydney; and CAC, Vilnius. For 15 years she has developed an extensive painting project investigating pedagogical models, and is currently working on the theme of community gardens.

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Her drawings and paintings are taken from video footage Anita made of gardeners, of the groundsman, as well as of a community garden in Vienna. Some older paintings are based on the 70s book by the Austrian gardener and educator Anton Eipeldauer explaining how children and their parents can grow flowers together.

Anita Fricek finds intense beauty in the way people work and carry out ordinary tasks. For her, recording the visible world with her pens and brushes is a form of touching, of reaching out, and of creating something new. In this way she tries to communicate a strong, affirmative answer to life through her work, an answer found in friendship and equality. Anita's work is therefore also a political quest, one that begins from a sense of social responsibility.

Exhibition view: Anita Fricek, Body Languages of Care, Boutwell Schabrowsky Gallery, Munich (25 March–24 April 2021). Courtesy Boutwell Schabrowsky Gallery.

Anita Fricek Featured Artworks

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Dani watering her herbs (Body Languages of Care) by Anita Fricek contemporary artwork
Anita FricekDani watering her herbs (Body Languages of Care), 2020/2021Oil on canvas
105 x 105 cm
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Wild Flowers - Flowering Dittany on the Perchtoldsdorf Heath by Anita Fricek contemporary artwork
Anita FricekWild Flowers - Flowering Dittany on the Perchtoldsdorf Heath, 2020Oil on canvas
60 x 48 cm
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Wild Flowers – Cyclamen by Anita Fricek contemporary artwork
Anita FricekWild Flowers – Cyclamen, 2020Oil on canvas
22 x 18 cm
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Wildflowers – Daisies! by Anita Fricek contemporary artwork
Anita FricekWildflowers – Daisies!, 2020Oil on canvas
29 x 19 cm
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Dorli Fetches a Garden Cultivator, Community Garden ‘Zaunkönig’ by Anita Fricek contemporary artwork
Anita FricekDorli Fetches a Garden Cultivator, Community Garden ‘Zaunkönig’, 2018Acrylic paint on paper
42 x 59.4 cm
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An institutional cartography, Scenes from Emmi Pikler's Lóczy Orphanage by Anita Fricek contemporary artwork
Anita FricekAn institutional cartography, Scenes from Emmi Pikler's Lóczy Orphanage, 2008–2012Acrylic paint and felt pen on paper
42 x 59 cm
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Anita Fricek Current Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Anita Fricek, Body Languages of Care at Boutwell Schabrowsky Gallery, Munich
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25 March–30 April 2021 Anita Fricek Body Languages of Care Boutwell Schabrowsky GalleryMunich

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