Michael Kravagna was born in Klagenfurt, Austria, in 1962 and studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in the 80s.
He received a one-year grant for Madrid in 1989. He has been living and working in Belgium since 1991.
1989 - Preis des Landes Niederösterreich
1999 - Bauholding Förderungspreis für Bildende Kunst (STRABAG ART AWARD)
2017 - Prix Emma du Cayla - Martin - Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.
Member Künstlerhaus Wien (Vienne)
Membre associé du Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg
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The basic principle of Michael Kravagna’s painting is the exploration of its own elementary elements:
- challenge to human perception.
The paintings are painted in
layers over long periods of time and as a result appear to be magical protocols of their own history.
Many of his most recent works are each dominated by a dominant pictorial gesture: a line, a scratch, an evenly
wiped surface, etc., which in ostentatious repetition dominate the formal structure of the painting.
The accompanying strict, almost ceremonial process of producing the paintings does not, however, have a
restrictive effect, but rather unfolds an extremely effective variety of difference and repetition.
beginning of his career as a painter, Kravagna has been experimenting with the composition of the
painting medium and the organic transformation processes of the material.
These processes are similar to
the development and decay in nature: growth and decay, formation and erosion. In his works, he reflects
on such natural processes of transformation of matter, motivates, accelerates, radicalizes, or restores them.