Humankind in all his facets is the focus of the work. “Ecce Homo” by Valentin Oman.
Look here, the human being or conveyed differently: Look here, what kind of human being! Thereby he asks the question: What kind of creatures are we actually? Is it as described in Greek mythology that we are formed from lumps of clay, held together by threads? Oman weaves these threads into networks and structures. He shows man in his pre-certainty, in his arbitrariness as well as in his resoluteness and in his frailty as well as in his claim to eternity and in his mortality. (Kristian Sotriffer)
Library, Level 0, Staircase
Valentin Oman: Five „Ecce Homo“, 2006-08
Mixed technique on canvas
199,5 x 40 cm
Valentin Oman was born in St. Stefan near Villach in 1935. From 1958 to 1962 he studied at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna with Hilda Schmid-Jesser, master class for painting and completed a special course in printmaking with Riko Debenjak in Ljubljana in 1963. Oman lives and works as freelance artist in Vienna and Carinthia. In 1995 he was honored with the honorary doctorate of the University of Klagenfurt. He is holder of the Cross of Honour for Science and Art 1st class as well as a member of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Art.