Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 - 2000)
There Are No Evils in Nature. There Are Only Evils of Man.
"Paradise is there, but we destroy it. I want to show how basically simple it is to have paradise on earth. And everything that the religions and dogmas and the various political creeds promise, is all nonsense. And there of course I come into conflict with society which completely misunderstands that. They believe that it is eccentricity, just a publicity stunt, but they forget that that is part of myself, that that is my natural form of expression. Why may a human being not do what he needs to do, like a flower. The colourful, the abundant, the manifold, is always better than mediocre grey and uniformity.
Hundertwasser, a visionary and responsible creator, mobilizes the power of his art in order to spread his message for a life in harmony with nature and the individual creativity. He is a symbolic figure for a non-conformist way of life, a forerunner of environmental protection and an ambassador for a self-determined alternative existence. Ecology is the touchstone of Hundertwasser's sensitivity, the sensitive cytoplasm of his fifth skin. Hundertwasser is naturally "green", just as he is naturally a painter, Austrian, cosmopolitan or pacifist. Since his earliest childhood he had displayed a hypersensitivity to his surroundings. Nature is the supreme reality, the source of universal harmony; his immense respect for nature very soon aroused in him the desire to protect it against the attacks made on it by man and industry.