Gottfried Helnwein grew up in post-war Vienna. As a young boy, he was surrounded by somber people haunted by a very recent past they refuse to speak of. The young artist took solace in the fictional universe of cartoons where, according to him was “…a decent world where one could get ﬂattened by steam-rollers and perforated by bullets without serious harm. A world in which the people still looked proper, with yellow beaks or black knobs instead of noses.” Most of his work is considered controversial since he focuses primarily on political topics, historical issues, as well as psychological and sociological anxiety.
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