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“Whatever the painting is not able to express, our speech will take over this part. Whatever our speech is not able to express, the painting will show us.”
(Hansi Dietrich: “The guide book for the universe or at the end I will know...”)

The artist Hansi Dietrich was born 1958 in Vienna.

Most of his paintings were created in his home town St. Roman.

Hansi Dietrich was a cheerful man, being famous for his trademarks. He was rarely seen without hat and scarf or paint-brush and color.

Since his serious illness (hepatitis-C) he was aware of his limited living time. Yet he occupied himself with the topic death, but in a humorous style. This was

“At the end I will know that I have this game called life lost. But until then let me play life.”

Due to his serious illness he needed two liver transplantations in 2004. Although these were transplanted successfully, he died in the same year. But his main concern was to encourage people to donate organs (Cp. OÖ local news from 1 July 2004).

All his life Hansi Dietrich enjoyed working with various people, in particular with handicapped ones. Both physically and mentally handicapped people participated in his painting action, furthermore prisoners could take part.

It was important to him to show that it could be much more fun to be creative than watching the artist creating.

Apart from his numerous single paintings Hansi Dietrich created series and projects by using different material.

His old farmer house (Sauwald, Austria), rebuilt by himself, served as his studio.

His paintings were exposed at many exhibitions.

Creations and projects:

"artKreuz – The cross in its perfection" (9-part painting)

"Thank you" (60 paintings – one of them is the cover for our flyer)

"AQA - Water with a human face" (drinking fountain which spends human beings energy)

"chairArt" (carton chair with various designs)

Insieme in Einsiedeln (Painting action with physically and mentally handicapped people)

"Lignorama" (Exhibition of ordinary, functional chairs and funny, decorative seatings)

"sofArt" (abstract realism - abstract pictures, real sofa)

Additionally there are a lot of offers for art lovers in Passau.

Museums, galleries, theatres and craftwork attract both residents and guests.

• E.g. Glass museum in Passau and Modern Art Gallery – in Wörlen.

The common web page www.museen-in-passau.de has been set up by Passau’s museums in order to inform all visitors who are interested in art and culture.

Furthermore, in any case you should visit Passau’s art street “Höllgasse”. You will be attracted by lots of galleries and studios.

Our suggestion: Visit the yearly Art Night Passau in Passau in July.


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