gestural abstraction, art work by the austrian painter friedrich zettl

fine arts blog

journal with topics related to art

The blog (journal) deals with different topics related to Friedrich Zettl’s artwork, articles on arts, related announcements, and art theory. The focus is on subjects related to Chinese art.


random selection of artwork

The portfolio gives an overview of Friedrich Zettl’s artistic oeuvre. It shows his early western-style paintings, his work in the China years 1978-1985 and afterward. Since 2020, the focus has been on works that combine modern Western art with traditional Asian concepts of art.

under the sea, abstract painting for the fine arts blog

changing perspectives, detail of a painting for the fine arts blog by friedrich zettl

shop and videos


selected artworks by Friedrich Zettl are available as originals or high-quality prints in all sizes.

Friedrich Zettl video channel

short videos introducing Zettl’s artwork and playlists related to art and culture.

Friedrich Zettl was the first European who was allowed to study at the Central Art Academy in Beijing after the Cultural Revolution. 

During his second study visit, he researched Chinese painting and wrote his dissertation about it. 

Zettl had previously exhibited work in Western styles, particularly Expressionist oil paintings, in European countries. Since studying traditional Chinese painting in theory and practice, however, his focus has shifted and Asian thinking has been increasingly incorporated into his work. 

Above all, the techniques and philosophy of Chinese calligraphy characterize his brushwork and composition. In addition, Zettl is closely related to Daoism and Zen Buddhism, which is clearly expressed in his work.

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