Karl Stengel

Born in 1925 in Neusatz, on the banks of the Danube, from his early childhood he had the impulse to “have to” draw and was strongly attracted by the contrast of black and white. After the war and the years in the Russian prison camp, a long time passed before a middle class child could be admitted to an art academy. It was the period of Socialist Realism, a style imposed by the Soviet Communist Party.
There was no room for artistic individualism.
With the occupation of Hungary in 1956, Karl Stengel fled to Monaco in Germany. Here, at the Akademie der Schönen Künste, surprised by the ease with which his colleagues took to abstract modernism, Karl found it more difficult to follow his impulse “to have to paint”. It resurfaced after two decades and accompanies him still today in the form of Surreal Expressionism and Lyrical Abstraction.