I am excited to tell you about an artist and architect I had never discovered until I started reading “The Hour Before Dawn” by Sara MacDonald. A review of her book will follow later but the artist she incorporates into her novel is Friedensreich Hundertwasser. In fact in 1949 he adopted the full name Tausendsassa Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser which means Multi-talented Peace-filled Rainy Day Dark Coloured Hundred Waters.
Born in Vienna in December 1928, this eccentric artist loved to paint using natural organic forms such as spirals, circles, meanders and labyrinths. He was inspired by visits to Morocco, Tunisia, Nepal, Tokyo and Siberia and his architecture was based on his belief of living close to nature. He had strong political views and in 1968 he gave a speech in Vienna in the nude.
In later years Hundertwasser moved to New Zealand and he died while off its coast on a cruise ship in 2000. His legacy of buildings and paintings can easily be searched on the web.