ranz Bodner was born in May 1966 in Klagenfurt, Austria. It was here in this idyllic alpine landscape that Bodner spent his childhood, and acquired his charming regional accent.
After completing his decorative art, metalwork and design studies, he decided at the age of 19 to spread his wings and broaden his horizons, and so Bodner left for the big cosmopolitan city, Vienna. Following a higher professional training course in nursing he began a successful career in the health care industry. But this alone was not enough to give him the satisfaction he needed. Bodner started by experimenting with water colors, but very quickly moved on to using oil paints on huge canvasses in the 20 m2 space available in his apartment. This soon led to countless exhibitions in galleries throughout Austria.
Vienna proved to be the genesis of his creative career. It was love that took Bodner to the Netherlands in 1995, where he was faced with having to make a name for himself in the art world all over again.
So what is the secret of his success, what is Franz Bodner’s ‘recipe’?
The answer is probably patience, talent and professionalism, combined with an unshakably positive outlook. Bodner portrays his own view of the world using these characteristics and abilities added to his personal language of pictures in dazzlingly bright colors.There is always a social undertone or a gentle push towards the simple act of thinking about the essence of life.
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