Maria Lassnig

* 1919, Austria

*1919 in Kappel am Krappfeld, † 2014 in Vienna. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Since 1950 international exhibitions and awards. Together with Arnulf Rainer and Oswald Oberhuber founded informal painting in Austria; founder of the art of body painting. Lived abroad in Paris (1961-68) and New York (1968-1980). Since 1970, makes films, she created autodicdacticly according to her own drawings on a self-invented work desk (not an animation desk). 1979 DAAD scholarship to go to Berlin. Member of Women/ Artist/ Filmmakers, Inc. New York (1974-80). 1980-90 professor of the master class for Experimental Design at the College of Applied Arts in Vienna. 1982 founded the only Austrian teaching studio for animated film. Österreichischer Staatspreis (Austrian state award) for painting (1988). Member of the Austria Filmmakers Cooperative.

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Arbeiterzeitung, 10.6.1973. Ernst Schmidt jr., Österreichischer Avantgarde- und Undergroundfilm 1950-1980, Katalog, Wien 1980. Maria Lassnig, Austria. Biennale di Venezia 1980, Katalog, Wien 1980. Susanne Pyrker, “Cartoons made in Austria”, in: Retro - Das Filmjournal, Feb. 1984 München. Ernst Schmidt jr., “Die synthetische Wirklichkeit: Marionettenfilm, abstrakter zu den Filmen: Film, neuer österreichischer Animationsfilm”, in: blimp 2/1985 Graz. Ernst Schmidt jr., “Avantgarde- und Undergroundfilm sowie Expanded Cinema in Österreich: Theorie und Praxis einer extremen Kunst”, in: Annamaria Percavassi/Leonardo Quaresima (Hrsg.), Aria di Vienna, Florenz 1986 (ital.) & in: Kinoschriften 1 - Jahrbuch der Gesellschaft für Filmtheorie, Wien 1988 (dt.)