Franz Josef Noflaner
Franz Josef Noflaner (* September 9, 1904 in Ortisei, † 13 May 1989 in Brixen) was a South Tyrolean writer, painter and draftsman
Franz Noflaner grew as the second of eight children in a German family. After primary school, a technical and sculptor formation, he worked in the family business as a carver and restorer. Early on, he was enthusiastic about the classics of German literature and began at age 22 to write literary texts. The decision to become a writer, led to a quarrel with his father, whereupon Franz left the work in the family business and from then on worked as a laborer for construction companies. In an autodidactic way he discovered the medium of painting and drawing.
With his life as a writer and painter, Noflaner accepted the destiny of becoming an outsider. In his eccentric personality, coupled with artistic and intellectual immodesty, he was the leader of his small group of artists.
The artistic work
Despite all the differences between the world of words and the world of images, Franz J. Noflaner has some undeniable parallels. Both the literary and the paintings address the differences between the world of reality, poetry and imagination. With his themes, Noflaner stands outside the "modern" tendencies in art of his time.
The paintings and drawings focus on a series of thematic motifs and themes: people, nature, mountains, animals are woven into synthetic figurations and proclaim a unity of natural phenomena and human kingdoms. The presentation of man as a mystery carries a high psychic potential and is involved in a network of metamorphoses and transformations. There are pictures of a comprehensive wholeness of life and matter, the unity of man and nature. These themes are related to the works of Picasso, Matisse, the Art Brut or naive painting. The images of Noflaner prove the conflict between idealism and reality.
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