Petra von Kazinyan’s ALTER IDEM series from 2014 (named after the famous Cicero quote) 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?
Petra von Kazinyan lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
After her studies at Goethe University in Frankfurt on the Main, 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, the German-born artist uses painting as a medium of natural expression, focussing on the concept of identity in a globalized and digital world. 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 digital era, the only constant is change." (Jacqueline Mühlbacher, Art historian / Paris, France)
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Fresh Ripe Fruit, Petra von Kazinyan, 2014
ALTER IDEM series, 2014
Arrives pre-stretched and ready to frame
Acrylic + liquid chalk on canvas
Dimensions: 100 x 100 cm