LifestylePersona August, 27th 2011 by

Marbella Marbella Adelante Presents, Ernst Kraft - Dutch Artist with the Eye of a Master.

Ernst Kraft, an individualist and artist with the eye of a Dutch Master.

We are proud to introduce our visitors to an original and talented artist, who is totally dedicated to his creative enterprises and has produced a large and varing  body of work, which have been acclaimed not only here in Spain but in many countries. He resides in Mijas where he has a studio, as well as another in Malaga. His name is Ernst Kraft.

Ernst Kraft, is a Dutch painter, (born in Bloemendaal, 1952) who has lived at the Costa del Sol over 20 years, mainly in Malaga and Mijas Pueblo.
Between 1976 and 1980 he had his Art training in the studio of painter Jacques von Pell in Amsterdam. From 1980 till ’89 he had his own studio in the Centre of Amsterdam at the canal Brouwersgracht. Before between 1971 and 1976 he was travelling throughout in North and South America.
His work on canvas, paper or other support, belongs in the first place to the abstract fields of contemporary art. Occasionally he works in graphical design, photography and commissions.
He exhibits his work internationally in galleries, exhibition rooms and fairs of contemporary art and has made sculptures and installations on both side of the Atlantic
(Member of APLAMA, Association of Plastical Artists of Malaga,
Honorary member of the Cultural Association “Terra Dell´Arte”, Italy.
Member of the Iniciative L5, Holland, director of the international Project Din A4 and co-founder of the Asociación Malaga on)

Ernst’s work his hightly regarded in the art world and has many commendations f rom pretigiuous centres of contemporary too many to publish in this article 

“… his participation in this fourth Biennale (the Biennale of Contemporary Art of Florence, Cittá di Firenze.) has consisted in the show of one triptich named after Benjamin Britten’sWar Requiem”. The triptich with large dimensions, build up with one central panel and two side panels, shows a twisted landscape of abstract forms. In its composition the side panels with their strong black drawings, seem to guard, like apocalyptical horsemen, the main work..
…a work of gestural expressionism, in which the colour, and the texture are the clear protagonists, using acrylics, resins and tar (alquitrán), which are extended in heavy brushstrokes over a double woven canvas…like

Federico del Cerro wrote: he makes abstract paintings that reframe the shifting memories of late twentieth century Spanish abstract painting…”
Cristian Venturi, “Artistas de hoy”, Revistart, Nr. 84, 2004

Some personal comments:

Writing about art, not even about my own work, is really not up to me. I rather dirty my hands with paint then with words, which doesn’t mean I can’t be reflective every now and then… For the visual artists too many reflections, too many words, they harm the intention, the drive…, there is the danger that you start working according to what has been said, or even according to what you have said yourself, instead of making the works that should be the source of the writing.Of course I am happy with a good write up, yet, growing a bit older, I suppose, I somehow care less and I don’t translate every bit of any article into English. I mean most of the articles are in Spanish, German, and some exotic language as Rumanian (till so far about the quotes.)

The Maze - Passau Germany

 “At the moment I am working to make my exhibition next month, beginning October in Malaga, and in spare time I starting to shape what I will go to do next February in Cuba. I have been invited, to make an exhibition, an installation… in the Art Museum of Trinidad de Cuba. Wonderful. Not all that easy, importing artworks is very difficult, so I better make my works over there. I can make use of a studio, yet making a full exhibition in one week is not that easy…

(I know, I like the fast brushstroke.. I work on high adrenaline, yet sometime it makes me shiver…)”

Ernst Kraft

Ernst Kraft

Málaga – España (Spain)

Tel (0034) 678 743 491
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Dario Poli

Composer, artist, and a published author and illustrator. He is initiator of the campaign to present a better image Internationally, of Marbella and the Costa del Sol. Composer of the music "Marbella Marbella" used as the anthem of the campaign and also many other recorded compositions including Nostradamus, and Corazon, for The Children for Peace Onlus charity in Rome as well as the co-author of the powerful musical drama Lady X and The Power of Destiny. He is also the editor and a founder member of this website.

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