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Artist's Description

The AURORA ART GALLERY was founded in May 2011 by a young and well-established team in the art scene. Aiming to offer top-quality contemporary art for art lovers and artists, the gallery´s first concern is not to limit the artist's freedom. Trust and professionality thus form the foundation of the relationship between gallery, artist and collector, which ultimately has a positive effect on the entire art scene.

Additional Info

My name is Moritz Messenböck, I am 20 years old and I grew up in Vienna where I currently live. I am known under the artist name M.A.M., which are my initials. After graduating from high school in 2018, I attended a fashion college at the Michelbeuern. This included mainly painting the textile surface, sketching, and screen printing. However, I dropped out in March 2019 because sewing and the strong technical aspect of tailoring did not appeal to me, as I was seeking something more creative and limitless. From March 2019 to October 2020 I spent a lot of time painting, drawing, and thinking. I had two solo exhibitions at a gallery in Vienna: “I won't listen” (Sept. 2019) and "Embrace the Black Liquid" (Oct. 2020). Since October 2020, I have been studying at the Art School Vienna. I don't see art as a hobby or work, for me, it's a lifestyle. I dedicate my life entirely to art until I stop breathing. Thematically, the whole thing is like a diary for me, in which I keep everything I think and live through completely uncensored honesty. Each of my works exudes a rather gloomy mood. I mainly treat the themes; violence, drugs, depression, war, death, capitalism, and fiction. However, my own psyche plays the main role in my works. I aim to trigger a shock and be thought-provoking. So it is safe to say that I am not a flower meadow painter.

With his pictures, Guido Katol (born 1962) takes up a fundamentally human need: telling a story. With idiosyncratic, lively brushstrokes and rich colors, Katol knits stories that stretch beyond the canvas to be spun on with the help of the viewer's imagination.

The plot changes involuntarily in the course of the creation process. In the beginning, there is always an inspiration, an impulse in the form of a picture. It doesn't matter whether it's an advertisement or a photo from a magazine. Katol transfers the seemingly every day in a different constellation onto the canvas, entangles it in a story, and gives it a new name.

With instinctive certainty and the knowledge of an infinite spectrum of colors, he places rough, virtuoso brushstrokes on the canvas, from which organic shapes gradually come together, mostly animals and people. Like Katol's pictorial subjects, the creation of his pictures is in itself shaped by the natural, lifelike principles of repeated destruction and incessant growth. Katol is not afraid to discard the previous in order to create something new from it. Initially discarded attempts at other images serve as a fabulous basis for new works and so the final results also carry a certain form of narration within them, which can be discovered through traces of color under the thick, impasto brushstrokes.

Udo Hohenberger was born in 1967 in Spittal an der Drau and now lives and works in Vienna. From 1992 the graduated artist studied painting at the "Neue Wiener Kunstschule" / "New Austrian School of Arts", where he has been a lecturer for nude-, movement studies and experimental painting since 1999.

Influenced by his teaching assignment, the drawing became more and more important in his painting, behind every colored area a line emerges. The graphics correspond to the painting through a very transparent application of paint. With such gripping graphic lines, Hohenberger manifests people on paper and canvas who float in the infinite space of color. The viewer's gaze is lost in the levels of what has already disappeared and clings to what is powerfully defined. The figure, immersed in the whole form, is sensed through a veil.

As one of the most important representatives of the second generation of Austrian post-war art, the artist took part in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Germany and Austria and was represented at international art fairs, including Beijing in China, alongside great artists such as Maria Lassnig, Hermann Nitsch and Arnulf Rainer.

Martino Zanetti´s work takes place under the vast protecting wing of the Venetian painting, the land in which he was born and from which he drew all the stylistic features of his language. His large canvases have a strong emotional impact, which traces and reinterprets, without imitating, all the vast repertoires of the language of painting and contemporary abstraction, tracing a line that ideally links Matisseto Francis. In his works can be easily seen behind all his passion for music (Martino tries to create red, pink, and blue also through the black and white keys of the piano) together with the one for the Elizabethan theatre, which gives depth and substance also to daily emotions.