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Austrian artist Arik Brauer dies at 92

January 25, 2021 GMT
FILE - In this Tuesday, June 22, 2010 file photo q man walks in front of Arik Brauer's paintings at the exhibition 'Fantastic Art from Vienna' in the Panorama museum in Bad Frankenhausen, central Germany. Austrian-Israeli artist Arik Brauer, known for his colorful and surreal paintings and murals, has died at the age of 92. Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported Monday that Brauer died late Sunday, Jan 24, 2021 surrounded by his family. It gave no cause of death. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)
FILE - In this Tuesday, June 22, 2010 file photo q man walks in front of Arik Brauer's paintings at the exhibition 'Fantastic Art from Vienna' in the Panorama museum in Bad Frankenhausen, central Germany. Austrian-Israeli artist Arik Brauer, known for his colorful and surreal paintings and murals, has died at the age of 92. Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported Monday that Brauer died late Sunday, Jan 24, 2021 surrounded by his family. It gave no cause of death. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)
FILE - In this Tuesday, June 22, 2010 file photo q man walks in front of Arik Brauer's paintings at the exhibition 'Fantastic Art from Vienna' in the Panorama museum in Bad Frankenhausen, central Germany. Austrian-Israeli artist Arik Brauer, known for his colorful and surreal paintings and murals, has died at the age of 92. Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported Monday that Brauer died late Sunday, Jan 24, 2021 surrounded by his family. It gave no cause of death. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian artist Arik Brauer, known for his surreal paintings and murals, has died at the age of 92.

Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported Monday that Brauer died late Sunday surrounded by his family. It gave no cause of death.

Born Erich Brauer in 1929 to a Jewish family that had emigrated from Russia to Vienna, he experienced the rise of National Socialism as a child. His father died in a concentration camp while Brauer himself survived the Holocaust by going into hiding.

After the war, Brauer studied art and music, dual passions he would pursue throughout his life.

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While Brauer’s colorful art enjoyed international success, at home he was also widely known for his Austrian-German songwriting.

Like fellow Austrian artists Ernst Fuchs and Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Brauer later tried his hand at architecture, designing what became known as the Brauer House in Vienna, the exterior of a church in the Austrian capital and murals on a shopping mall in the Israeli city of Haifa.

“Arik Brauer is dead,” tweeted Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen. “Our country has produced few artists like him. Painter, musician, teacher — his talents and abilities can hardly be appropriately listed.”

Funeral arrangements weren’t immediately known.