Fuchs Ernst

Vienna *1930 - †2015 Vienna

Ernst Fuchs saw himself as a universal genius (painter, graphic artist architect, musician). He is one of the founders of Vienna School of Phantastic Realism/Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realismus. Ernst Fuchs was born 1930 in Vienna, from his father’s family he had Jewish ancestry. When his father emigrated to Shanghai 1938 the boy Ernst stayed with his mother in Vienna and was baptized Roman Catholic. 

1946 until 1950 Fuchs studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, amongst others with Albert Gütersloh. His first solo exhibition happenend in Paris 1949, to where he moved 1950. Until 1956 he travelled to America, Italy, Spain and England. 1957 he spent some time at the Dormitio-cloister on mountain Zion in Israel and studied the art of icon painting. 1962 he returned to Vienna, where he was appointed to a professorship. Together with Wolfgang Hutter, Arik Brauer, Rudolf Hausner and Anton Lehmden Fuchs belongs to the founders of Vienna School of Phantastic Realism.

1972 he bought the Otto-Wagner-Villa, that he transfigured into the fantastic Fuchs-Museum, where a cross section through his oeuvre is shown. Fuchs installed sculptures in the park that is surrounding the museum. A unique fountain house with glass mosaics can also be admired there. 

Fuchs` early work is surrealistic, the later work often shows religious or mythological symbols. In his book „Architectura Caelestis“ Fuchs claims that his motifs are based on visionary experiences. In Paris he created many iconographic works. Three of this paintings later became the altarpiece of the Rosenkranz Church in Vienna-Hetzendorf.

Since 1988 Ernst Fuchs lived and worked in Monaco.