Born in 1909 near Gorizia, moved to Carinthia in 1920, where his father gets a job as a teacher.
1930-34 study of art in Zagreb (Croatia). Then working as a freelance artist, with longer stays in Spain and Dalmatia.
He then settled in Venice, which became his real home. After the Second World War, the end of which he experienced in the Dachau concentration camp, Paris came to it, as his second preferred residence.
Several participations at the Biennale in Venice, also at the “documenta I” in Kassel in 1955, numerous international awards.
His themes are barren landscapes of Dalmatia and Italy, and as urban contrast views of Venice and Paris. In between portraits, scenes from the everyday life of farmers and fishermen – increasingly abstract and in the form of print graphics.
A special artistic achievement are his memories of Dachau, which he has processed in the impressive series “We are not the last”.