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Acrylic and concrete paste on canvas


2020 - 2021


180 cm x 280 cm


Signed on the back

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State of conservation

Very good




Vienna, Austria


This work is part of the "Ego Paintings" series by Petra von Kazinyan.

The human ego plays a key role in von Kazinyan’s work. But what is the ego?
An inconsistently used term with contrasting connotations. Von Kazinyan uses the terms I, self and ego synonymously, just according to the mere meaning in Latin: I = ego. It’s her personal definition, based on an artistic, philosophical approach, neither religious nor spiritual. To her, the ego is mainly characterized by its openness. An enigmatic projection surface, undefined blank space. Porous, fluid.

In von Kazinyan’s work, it is symbolized by a specific abstract form that once emerged unintentionally through a random brush movement; it then repeatedly appeared in her first abstract paintings and proved to be an integral part of the works.


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The artist


Petra von Kazinyan

Emerging artistEmerging artist
Born in 1976


Born in Gelnhausen, Germany, Petra von Kazinyan currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

After her studies at Goethe University in Frankfurt on the Main (Literary studies and philosophy, Master of Arts), her paintings have been shown in numerous exhibitions and art fairs in Austria and abroad. Recent exhibitions include a solo show in the course of the Venice Biennale 2019, Woman Art Award 2017 in Paris, Art Austria 2016 and Art Beijing 2012.

Oscillating between figuration and abstraction, von Kazinyan uses painting as a medium of natural expression, focussing on the concept of identity in a globalized and post-digital world.

In a mise-en-scène of the human ego, different levels of perception alternate in scenery between dream and reality, past and future.

"Petra von Kazinyan‘s work reflects our present in many ways. A hundred years ago, in Kandinsky’s world, being modern meant craving for absolute perfection; today, being contemporary means hunting for improvement and optimization, excessively and infinitely, without any thinkable final state: in the post-digital era, the only constant is change." Jacqueline Mühlbacher, Art historian

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