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Olaf Krassnitzky - Imaginative Artist

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Olaf Krassnitzky was born in Czechoslovakia and grew up in Vienna, Austria. He came to Canada in 1972 and worked here in various positions in healthcare management. For the last 10 years he has been working full-time as a visual artist.

Olaf has been painting and drawing for most of his life and is almost entirely self-taught.

Since 2001, Olaf has been exhibiting his works at events in the Ottawa region and adjacent areas, as well as in Montreal. He was also a member and executive member of the artists’ coop ‘Galleriart’ on York Street, Ottawa. For several years he served as coordinator and executive member of Arteast, Ottawa. At present, Olaf has focused his work in the following areas: The human figure and portraits; urban landscapes and genres; large scale abstract, surreal and symbolic images, as a development of earlier work. Most of the work is two two-dimensional on canvas, board, paper and glass. However, some of the work is carried out in relief style in concrete, or as three dimensional collages and mosaics.

Olaf has been influenced by artists such as Egon Schiele, Paula Rego, Bernard Buffet, Wassilij Kandinsky, and, to a significant extent, his father. For commissions and additional information please contact the artist at olafkrass@sympatico.ca or visit his website www.krassnitzky.com.

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