Krassnitzky was born in 1942 in Brno, the capital city of Moravia in the eastern
portion of todays Czech Republic and the homeland of Sigmund Freud and Gregor
grew up in Vienna, Austria. His father, Kay (Otto) Krassnitzky, studied architecture
in Moravia, and after the war, settled in Salzburg, Austria, as a painter and
can be found in several Austrian and German public and private collections, in
several public buildings including the Small Opera House of the Salzburg Music
Festival, and in the Albertina in Vienna, one of the worlds largest graphics
Olaf is a self-taught artist, with no formal education in art, except three evening
courses which he took at Central Tech in Toronto, about 20 years ago.
most of his life, he studied and worked in various fields of science and management.
But along the way, he kept up an interest in painting and drawing. In this, he
was strongly influenced by his fathers work.
A few hundred of Olafs paintings and drawings were either sold or given
away to private collectors in Austria, Germany and Canada, including several portraits
and other commissioned work.
Apart from his fathers work, Olafs
main influences are Viennese artists such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Friedensreich
Hundertwasser; also Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagal, and Max Ernst.
He likes to use a range of media, such as graphite, pastel, watercolour, acrylics,
oil, inks and markers, on paper, canvas, boards and ceramics. His work ranges
from realism to symbolism, to the pure abstract.
has resisted being pigeon-holed by medium or style, and chooses instead to vary
styles, media and content freely and often. The four examples on display here
only hint at the variety which charcterizes Olafs art.
last three years, Olaf has been painting full-time, and has exhibited in numerous
group shows such as the Ottawa Fine Art Festival, the Merrickville Fine Art Festival,
the Lions Club Art Show in Cobourg, and the Westport Fine Art Show. Olaf is also
a member of Arteast and helps out in a volunteer capacity as Secretary of the
Executive of Arteast and as Coordinator for art displays in the North Gloucester
Samples of his work can be seen at the Bruyere Health Centre Family Clinic on
75 Bruyere St. in downtown Ottawa. The show is entitled Art: Healing by
Connecting Experiences and Imagination and can be viewed until March 17.
selection of nude drawings and paintings, as well exmples of his portraits in
oil and pastel will be on display at Galleriart on 111 York St. from February
28 to March 14. A combination of the two shows, augmented with a selection of
local landscapes and a small retrospective will be shown at the Centrum Gallery
on the second floor of the Orleans Client Service Centre at 255 Centrum Blvd.,
between April 26 and May 31.
can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
His website is currently under reconstruction but can be viewed at www.symbolicecoart.com.
examples of Olaf Krassnitsky's work
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