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New Constructivism - Politics


Characteristic of the painting style of Horvath is the coding of faces into areas of equal brightness, but divided into different shapes and colours. This creates a special effect: in bright daylight and close by one usually recognizes only a colourful tangle of plant-like shapes, and only a more careful examination reveals a face. However, if looked at in dimmer light or from a distance, the picture looks almost like a realistic black and white photograph and the represented person appears in the foreground. Thus, the pictures change their character dynamically, dependent on the physiology of human vision. The artist calls this style the “New Constructivism”.

Werner Horvath's paintings have been very much influenced by political events like the student revolts in the sixties, Vietnam and the "spring revolt" in Prague. Later his interest was focussed on the "Clash of Civilizations" and the peace-movement. In 2009 he was working for "Linz - European Capital of Culture". Now his mind is free for new experience.

List of exhibitions


Demons of Revolution - Che Guevara  Che Guevara


Werner Horvath:

"Che Guevara". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 2000.

"The Garden of Revolution: Che Guevara". Oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm, 2002.
These two images by Werner Horvath were also published in "More than Medicine", Fall 2003, Medical World Communications, NJ - USA, in an article by Grace K. Henry titled "Che Guevara - A Revolutionary Doctor".

"Demons of Revolution - Che Guevara". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 2010.

"Communism or death !". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 1994.

 "Mao". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 2000.


  Werner Horvath: 

"Founders of Communism". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 1994.

"Marx and Stalin". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 1992.

 "What Lenin left". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 1993.

"Karl Marx". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 2000.


Werner Horvath: 

"The Eyes of Lenin". Oil on canvas, 90 x 60 cm, 1999.

"Aurora". Oil on canvas, 105 x 80 cm, 1998.

"Karl Marx". Oil on canvas, 105 x 85 cm, 1997.

"Stalin". Oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm, 2002.


Werner Horvath: "Greetings from Lenin". Oil on canvas, 105 x 125 cm, 1996.

'Greetings from Lenin' depicts the Genesis of Socialist thought. From the lower left, Marx and Engels, moving in clockwise fashion to Lenin and Stalin, continuing to more contemporary Eastern Bloc leaders (Khrushchev, Brechnev, Gorbachev, Yeltsin).


Werner Horvath: "One Squaremetre of Leninism and Stalinism". Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2003.


Werner Horvath: "Lenin and Stalin". Oil on canvas, 105 x 125 cm, 1998.


  Werner Horvath: "In the Jungle of Communism". Oil on canvas, 85 x 115 cm, 1999.


Werner Horvath: 

"Chechnya (Boris Yelzin)". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 1995.

"Chechnya II (Vladimir Putin)". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 2000.

This painting is also published in Heber Ferraz-Leite: "Malende Ärzte Österreichs", Selva-edition, Amstetten 2000, ISBN.3-9010-4041-2.


  Werner Horvath: "Life and Death of Nicolai Ceausescu". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 2005.


Werner Horvath: "War on the Balkans". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 1993.

A prophetical painting at the beginning of this war - incredible cruelty previewn. (The painting is from 1993!)
This painting is the cover image of a conceptual work in History by Danielle Siegenthaler and Karsten Steiger, University Bern, 2005. 


Werner Horvath: "GDR". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 1994.

A review of the history of the eastern part of Germany beginning at the end of the second world war.


Werner Horvath: "The Spring Revolt in Prague". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 1995.

The "spring revolt" in Prague was suppressed in 1968 by the troops of the Warsaw-pact, but later Czechoslovakia was liberated: the pencil of Vaclav Havel destroyed hammer and sickle - this was called the "velvet-revolution".
This painting is also published in Heber Ferraz-Leite: "Malende Ärzte Österreichs", Selva-edition, Amstetten 2000, ISBN.3-9010-4041-2.
It was also published in "Die Zukunft Europas" by BSA Austria and the Maria Jahoda - Otto Bauer Institut, printed by Gutenberg, Linz 2014.


Werner Horvath: "Gaddhafi and the Wallerts", oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 2000 (left); "Qaddafi, the Oil and Lockerbie", oil on canvas, 90 x 60 cm, 2003 (middle) and "The Revolution in North Africa", oil on canvas, 55 x 95 cm, 2011 (right).


Werner Horvath: "The bloody history of the Congo" (Lumumba and the dictators Mobutu Sese Seko and Laurent Kabila). Oil on canvas, 80 x 140 cm, 2003.


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