Well, you might be thinking that this is another photo of the sea, but you are wrong my friend. I´m gonna show you some paintings made by Helmut Distch. He is awesome!
1962 Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1969 His mother dies young and his idyllic childhood comes to an abrupt end.
1970 Ditsch, whose view of the world has so far been determined by the infinite expanse of the pampas, experiences the 6,000 metre high Andes for the first time. The longing for distance becomes a constant feature of his life.
1980-82 Military service in the Argentine Marines.
1983 Ditsch starts life as a freelance artist in Buenos Aires.
1984 Works for a period in the USA.
1985 Following problems which arise in the course of his first experience with gallery business, he decides to abandon art and spends a year mountaineering in extreme conditions. He takes part in numerous expeditions to the Argentinean Andes.
1986 Continues painting and searches for alternatives to selling his work through commercial galleries. Ditsch distances himself from Surrealism, and his mountaineering experiences influence his work.
1988 Moves to Vienna.
1988–93 Studies painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.
1991 Works on a series of paintings entitled Zyklus (Cycle).
1993 Produces his first large-format paintings.
1994 Ditsch transfers his studio to a former children’s home near Vienna. Ditsch meets the legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner in Merano.
1995 Study trip to Argentina. He crosses the Patagonian inland glacier (Hielo continental).
1996 Works on the panorama entitled Klagenfurter Becken (Klagenfurt Basin) commissioned by the BIG, Republic of Austria. Study trip to the Sinai peninsula. Works on the theme of the Ten Commandments.
1997 He is invited to participate in the OeNB II art competition organized by OeNB, the Austrian central bank.
1998 Ditsch spends several weeks alone in the Austrian Alps working on studies for his painting Das Gebirge (Mountain Range).
1999 The BIG, Republic of Austria, commissions a painting from Ditsch, relulting in Grossglockner II. After two years of work, Ditsch completes Das Gebirge (Mountain Range), 150 x 1190 cm, for the OeNB, the Austrian central bank. He is nominated for the Anton-Faistauer Prize.
2000 Ditsch moves his studio to Ireland, where he decides to live and work.
2001 Ditsch meets the Argentinean musician Charly García in Buenos Aires.
2002 He completes the work Das Eis und die vergängliche Ewigkeit (730 x 290 cm) for the BIG, Republic of Austria, and Los Hielos for the agency Agulla y Baccetti in Buenos Aires. Ditsch paints Reducción, a 2 x 5 cm miniature, inspired by the monumental painting Das Eis und die vergängliche Ewigkeit.
2003 He finishes the monumental work Under Your Sign (800 x 360 cm) for the Viennese headquarters of the holding company STRABAG. In preparation for his painting Aguas blancas, he goes on a study trip to the Andes in Chile. He is invited to give lectures at several Argentinian Universities. Study trip to the western coast of Ireland (Loop Head).
2004 Completion of Also sprach Zarathustra (150 x 500 cm) for the executive board of CUUBUUS Real Immobilien A and of Cafayate and Das Meer I for the BIG, Republic of Austria.
2005 Completion of the cycle of great topics of nature with the painting Das Meer II (150 x 600 cm).
Ditsch’s first monograph is published with the German publisher Prestel.
2006 Presentation of the monograph in course of the the solo exhibition at the 32nd Buenos Aires International Book Fair
Opening of the MMM Firmian (Messner Mountain Museum) where the just compleated painting K2 will be part of the permanent exhibition.
Solo exhibitions (selection):
1983 Municipalidad de San Martín, Buenos Aires
Centro Cultural Teatro San Martín in Buenos Aires, Argentina
1995 Hipp-Halle, Gmunden, Austria
1997 Bau Holding Kunstforum, Klagenfurt, Austria
2001 Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile
2002 Meister / Werke im Belvedere (4), Museum Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Wien
2003 Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Österreich
2005 The Triumph Of Nature, “tresor” at the BA-CA Kunstforum, Vienna
2006 32ª Feria Internacional del Libro de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentinien
Group exhibitions (selection):
1990 Meisterschule Brauer Oberes Belvedere ’90, Museum Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Wien
1991 Die Kunst, Messepalast, Wien
1992 Städtische Galerie, Wiener Neustadt, Österreich
1994 Realismus heute, Stadtmuseum Erlangen, Deutschland Kick off, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien
1998 Über die Berge, Niederösterreichisches Landesmuseum, St. Pölten
1999 10. Faistauer-Preis 1999, Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg
2000 Malerei: Österreichische KünstlerInnen heute, Graphische Sammlung Albertina und Suppan Contemporary, Wien
2001 Festészet nevében, Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, Budapest
I Bienal Internacional de Arte de Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Córdoba, Argentinien