ZEPPEL'S PARADIES, 2012
Robert Zeppel-Sperl, member of the Vienna Secession and co-founder of the artist group “Realities”, has been looking for paradise throughout his life. From 1969 on the island of Giudecca in Venice, then in the USA, and finally he found it in the southeast of the island of Bali, where he settled on the beach in a house with a studio, and "hibernated" there for many years. Bali became his paradise, which he described as follows: “… the little Zeppel from Styria is sitting on his veranda and looking at the sea. It's like when little Zeppel is experiencing a beautiful fairy tale. ”
Zeppel-Sperl’s distinctive, independent fantasy worlds in strong, primary colors created women, men, animals, landscapes, mythical creatures and demons. His trademark are the big eyes of his portrayed, the suggestive looks the viewer can not avoid.
More than 30 paintings and gouaches from 1978 to 2004, as well as a collection of 20 collages from the early 70s are presented in this show.
The Styrian, who studied at the Vienna Academy with Melcher and Weiler, had his first solo show in 1968 in the Vienna Secession. Numerous exhibitions followed at home and abroad, including in Basel, New York, Amsterdam, Venice, and many more. In 1988 - curated by Otto Breicha - he exhibited in the 20th Century Museum together with Martha Jungwirth, Wolfgang Herzig, Kurt Kocherscheidt, Peter Pongratz and Franz Ringel in the exhibition "Realities".