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Acrylic and liquid chalk on canvas




120 cm x 120 cm



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Very good




Vienna, Austria


'Do not feed the animal' (After Judith Leyster) is part of the series 'ALTER IDEM'. This series (named after the famous Cicero quote "Amicus est tamquam alter idem" - a friend is, as it were, a second self) deals with concepts of identity in the social media age - self-staging, alter ego projections and the ambivalence between delightful deception and the quest for truth form the thematic core.

In the field of tension between art history and the presence, the focus is on timeless phenomena such as narcissism, exhibitionism and vanity - are selfies really reflections of ourselves? Why are we craving for followers, and what role does personal privacy play in today’s society?


Artist's Studio

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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