Topic: Helmut Ditsch
Helmut Ditsch, Argentina’s prodigy unrecognized son
His works are mind-blowing to an amazing extent. Featuring a true essence of nature and wild beauty Ditsch portrays his personal experience of bond with nature thru means of his artistic abilities.
In spite of the fact that he was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and that he lived here until his early twenties and that he began his artistic career in these pampas land, his artistic skills and value as a true modern Artist were not acknowledged or recognized until he succeeded abroad. Contradictions of a local art world that till recently looked upon Europe for approval.
He’s a young and appealing artist, featuring a unique sense of style and portrayal for the outer world. He seems Nordic, truly European, no one would suspect he was born in a northwest suburb of the greater Buenos Aires, but he did, and as soon as he begins to talk the Porteno Che accent flows naturally.
He’s one of the few living Argentine painters that belong in the Major League of Art. Glaciers, mountains, gigantic deserts featuring mural size are his trademark. He does not do galleries for a living; his Irish Castle is his workshop, atelier and special gallery for his collector friends.
He has only one work in Argentina. It was bought by a private publicist-advertising group Agulla&Baccetti. Los Hielos -the ices- is 7 meters long and 1,20 meters wide.
Distch assures “I do not paint the landscape. It’s not a photo portrayal because I do not work based on photograph to create an artwork, my source of inspiration is the experience of having been there. I need to capture the aura of the place; I need to discover myself that each place in our planet is an active and different place. I paint the essence within, hence I travel on expeditions. To paint the glaciers I had to learn ice-hiking techniques, and I was able to climb 18000 meters and enter a whole different planet, a white planet. Every time I visit the Perito Moreno Glaciar it has a whole different face and rhythm.”
He began his nature theme works with glaciers, and then came the desert and the oceans. During the upcoming years he aims to fulfill his master works on the main great natural themes: desert, ice, mountain and sea.
According to the artist, the nature passion and feel began when he was a young boy who lost his mother to Cancer. When asked upon his mother, his father replied that his mom was now part of nature; she was in every flower, mountain, tree… This particular explanation and life-death philosophy had an everlasting impact on the young Helmut and influenced his view of life and art ever since.
He approaches Art in a unique way, he lives and breathes as an artist, he believes in Art as a way of life. That’s why his career relays on no one but himself. He does not paint in a cluttered tinny room and hands off his works to an art dealer. On the contrary, he’s there, he needs to be the receptor of the reactions provoked by his works, that’s why he opens his home to friends and collectors, to be in touch….
It was only by 2001 when he began to ring a bell to local art lovers, alter over 120 thousand Argentines enjoyed ten of his works at the Buenos Aires Fine Arts Museum.
However we missed his growth and evolution, he came back to us already a capital letter artist, whose production is truly limited and oversold, requested upon in advance…
Argentina was his home, and in many ways it’s his inspiration, but the Argentine Art scene, art dealers, sponsors, etc - with its purism Europe-dependent art critics and lack of foreseeing bright future artists as we once would during the 60s and 70s- had nothing to do with him succeeding and developing a whole new page of modern art.
He’s a true artist, he relays upon passion and love for art. His best teaching besides his awesome brilliant works is: Don’t have respect for the so called professors, those who agedly are forever out of grasp. Listen to your inner voice; do only what you feel you have to do. Only look from time to time, to your right and to your left, to see what your own generation is working on. But above all look inside yourselves; respect what you see… that’s the artist’s pathway.
Shows and exhibits:
Municipalidad de San Martin, Buenos Aires
Centro Cultural Teatro San Martin in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hipp-Halle, Gmunden, Austria
Bau Holding Kunstforum, Klagenfurt, Austria
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile
Meister / Werke im Belvedere (4), Museum Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Wien
Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Osterreich
The Triumph Of Nature, “tresor” at the BA-CA Kunstforum, Vienna
Group exhibitions (selection):
Meisterschule Brauer Oberes Belvedere ’90, Museum Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Wien
Die Kunst, Messepalast, Wien
Stadtische Galerie, Wiener Neustadt, Osterreich
Realismus heute, Stadtmuseum Erlangen, Deutschland
Kick off, Akademie der bildenden Kunste, Wien
Uber die Berge, Niederosterreichisches Landesmuseum, St. Polten
10. Faistauer-Preis 1999, Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg
Malerei: Osterreichische KunstlerInnen heute, Graphische Sammlung Albertina und Suppan Contemporary, Wien
Festeszet neveben, Szepmuveszeti Muzeum, Budapest
I Bienal Internacional de Arte de Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Cordoba, Argentinien
Mo(u)numental, Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck
Schone Aussicht, Kunst Meran, Sudtirol
Phanomen Landschaft, Niederosterreichisches Landesmuseum, St. Polten
Messner Mountain Museum, Sulden, Italien
Strabag Artlounge, Wien
Figur und Wirklichkeit, „the BA-CA Kunstforum on tour“ at the Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck, Austria
Masterclass Award –Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
Award in recognition of his work by the Austrian Federal Ministery of Science and Research
Special Award of Bau Holding Kunstforum
From 20|04|2006 - 08|05|2006 at the 32nd Buenos Aires International Book Fair, "Pabellon Rojo” he’ll take part of an ehibition in conjunction with the book presentation of THE TRIUMPH OF NATURE. There will be book signings by Helmut, this will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
La Rural Buenos Aires Fair Grounds.
Access: Through Avenues Sarmiento 2704, Cervi?o 4474, and the parking lot.
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