Annemarie Avramidis

Wien 1939 - 2013 Wien

Annemarie Avramidis, née Persche, was born in 1939 in Vienna. After attending Oskar Kokoschka’s Summer Academy class in 1957, she began studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under Fritz Wotruba in 1958, where she also took part in Herbert Boeckl’s Evening Nude drawing class. In 1963 she married Joannis Avramidis, a fellow student.
In the course of her studies of sculptures by Maillol, Lehmbruck and Brancusi as well as of archaic kouroi and the kori of Greece that she had seen as originals on study trips, Annemarie Avramidis developed in over four decades an œuvre of marked consistency and classical aesthetics. The motif of the human body takes centre stage in her artistic work.
The sculptress mostly works with stone, preferring the fine crystalline marble from Carrara or Greece. “Thanks to her skilled treatment of stone her torsi, groups and heads retain a delicate, almost Grecian verisimilitude and with it the luck of an astonishing grace that touches us even today” (Christa Lichtenstern, Annemarie Avramidis, Munich 2005, cover).