friedrich zettl portrait for tv

Two Links – TV Portrait and Dao Index

and a painting

Two Links: I recently posted that a portrait of me would be shown on a Chinese and Austrian TV channel. It was broadcast on May 27th in Austria and May 30th in China. Well, it’s not quite what I initially thought, but yes, it’s ok. I would just rather call it a teaser than a portrait.

As mentioned before I never watch TV. I know the terms portrait, feature, and interview…but not exactly what is what. And the communication went through 3 corners. So, it’s not just a show about me, but a kind of panorama of Chinese-Austrian relations, and the portrait of me is part of the show. [1]

I would have been embarrassed if it was the type of, “Listen up boyz and gals, here I come.” The feedback on this is very benevolent and that’s why it fits. I will certainly not sell more pictures because of this, but my antiques will sell like hotcakes 😊

the panorama

The first part was about the new Chinese ambassador to Austria, Mrs. Qi Mei, who makes a very good impression. And I would like to say something about that. Over the decades, I have met several representatives of the Chinese embassy. Some ambassadors were not so noticeable, and some were very active. In particular, the last representative, Ambassador Li Xiaosi, was a remarkable diplomat who did a great job. In addition, he and his wife are very personable and his hospitality is at its finest.

He had begun hosting a summer party at his residence each year and it was always an honor to be invited. Now I’ve just received an invitation from the new ambassador and I think it’s great that this tradition is being continued – and of course also that I am still on the guest list. The number of guests is not very large, mostly politicians and business representatives are invited. The reason why I am invited as a rather insignificant private individual is more due to the fact that the area of culture occupies an important place in Austro-Chinese relations and I have simply been noticed with some of my projects or contributions over the course of time.

new page Daoism Index

It seems that there are more readers than I thought who can gain something from my humble reflections on various topics of Daoism. A few more posts will follow over time. Since it has become a bit confusing, I have put together a kind of index on one page, which should make it easier for readers to keep an overview. INDEX

and a painting

Two links alone are a bit dry. So that the post is not quite so boring, I would like to present a picture. I did it a couple of months ago for Easter, but it didn’t go with any of my previous posts, so I’m presenting it now.

Easter painting

For me, it is very well embedded in the Austrian tradition of Oskar Kokoschka and his time. Kokoschka influenced me a lot for a long time and still holds an important place for me today.

One of my favorite quotes from Kokoschka is: The most difficult thing in painting is omitting.


[1] The complete show can be found on and



39 responses to “Two Links – TV Portrait and Dao Index”

  1. christinenovalarue avatar

    J’aime la peinture d’Oskar

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Merci beaucoup! C’est en fait le mien, mais tout à fait dans l’esprit d’Oskar 🙂

  2. Bon Repos Gites avatar

    That is a wonderful quote by Kokoschka as I often wonder when an artist thinks ‘enough’! 😉

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you! Yes, saying STOP can be very hard. I wish I has said this more often 🙂

      1. Bon Repos Gites avatar

        You are welcome! I have often seen paintings that I think look powerful and complete but then become over-complicated by additions. But I can’t paint at all, so, will accept what the artists’ choose as complete! 😉

      2. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

        Sometimes you just can’t stop and you sink deeper and deeper into the mud 🙂 We have to take what we get anywayy 🙂

      3. Bon Repos Gites avatar

        Art imitating life? 😉

  3. Mike U. avatar

    I really enjoyed the televised portrait of you, Friedrich. The only thing missing was closed-captions. While I wasn’t able to understand anything that was said due to my deafness, I was still fascinated by the visuals. It was a delight to get a peek into your life outside of the blogosphere. If the video clip should ever be captioned, do let us know, good sir! 🙂 Also, thanks for including another of your brilliant paintings in this post. The contemplative, surreal aspect of your work always proves incredibly captivating. 🙂

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Many many thanks! I spoke in German anyway, so most people won’t understand anything. Maybe many wouldn’t understand if I spoke in another language 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to watch anyway and for you kind words. Have a nice weekend and warmest greetings from Vienna!

  4. 100 Country Trek avatar

    Wow! You are on this TV screen. Your paintings are so amazing. Thanks Anita
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    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much! (Maybe I’m the only one, but I can’t like your posts. Seems it’s because of Akismet).

  5. swabby429 avatar

    I enjoyed the video portrait and the showcase of your paintings. Also, your further reflections upon Daoism would be appreciated.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you so much! I think it is better to make pauses in my posts on Daoism so readers have time to digest. Thank you for taking your time 😊

  6. rabirius avatar

    Congrats for the TV portraits.
    I also really like the picture you posted at the end.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much 🙏😊

  7. Mike and Kellye Hefner avatar

    Your TV portrait looks great, Fred! And I love the painting.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much, Mike, for your time and patience 🙂 And I am happy you like the painting! Enjoy a pleasant weekend!

  8. Ashley avatar

    A fine portrait of your good self, Friedrich, and although I don’t speak a word of German (my misfortune) your personality shines through. (Did you by any chance use the word Qi or chi?)
    A favourite aunt encouraged me to draw when I was still very young and I remember her saying “don’t draw the object (cannot recall what the object was) draw the spaces in between.” I wish I had continued to draw; unfortunately, now there are too many spaces between!

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much Ashley! Chi and Qi 气 (traditional 氣) is the same., Different transcription systems were used in the past (and unfortunately often still today).
      Your aunt was a very wise lady it seems.
      Yes, the spaces in between are important. Only years ago I realized that this also applies to music. It’s fascinating when you hear Bach’s Goldberg Variations by different performers, for example, and notice how they deal with the pauses between the notes. Pure meditation. This is of course even more true in Chinese calligraphy.

  9. Rosaliene Bacchus avatar

    Thanks for sharing the televised interview. While I could not understand what you were saying, I enjoyed getting a glimpse of your personality and personal space 🙂 I know nothing about Austro-Chinese relations, but your home and work must represent the best of Chinese culture within your home country.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      You are very kind, Rosaliene! My old Chinese friends woult often say: “You are more Chinese than the Chinese” 🙂 As for my love of Chinese art and antiques, that’s probably partly true.

  10. artsofmay avatar

    It was great to see you and your surroundings on tv and to hear your voice. Though I, too, don’t understand German, I will now hear the sound of your voice when I read your posts. All the best to you.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      How kind of you to say this! All the best to you too! And many thanks! 🙂

  11. JMN avatar

    I love the Kokoschka quote. Profoundly true.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you! Right, isn’t it.

  12. sidilbradipo1 avatar

    Sehr, sehr interessant! Ein Lectio Magistralis ueber Deine Kunst und Inspiration. Das ist ein wunderbares Interview! Du bist ein Maestro!

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Danke vielmals fuer Deine freundlichen Worte! Maestro bin ich wahrscheinlich keiner, aber ich bin froh, dass meine Begeisterung nicht nachlaesst 🙂 Herzliche Gruesse aus Wien! Friedrich

  13. Cindy Georgakas avatar

    I understood every word of your passion and the beauty in your art and excitement in your voice with the beautiful music. Congratulations! It was beautiful! I did understand qui however! Namaste to you🙏🏼

  14. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

    Thank you very much! Great to hear you could understand what I said – and still don’t ignore me 😊 Namaste 🙏

  15. Dominik Alexander avatar

    I finally had the time to watch the portrait / feature and found it concisely brilliant. Thanks for sharing! You explained your technique and the combination of Chinese and European painting very well. It was really interesting, and your home is amazing, Friedrich. I’m in awe!

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much, Dominik, for your kind words! I was wondering if my brable would interest anyone at all. Glad to hear some were patient to watch it. 🙏😊

  16. Geo. Raymond avatar

    Love the art piece.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much! I am glad you like it! 🙂

  17. Roksana Amelia avatar


    The most difficult thing in painting is omitting.” …

    It’s too tough to abandon the painting… and then this omitting ….

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you so much 🌹🙏 Painting can be a tricky thing 😃

  18. Edith avatar

    Friedrich, genau so wie du dich gibst, genau so sehe ich dich. Ein Mensch, der alles aus dem Herzen gibt. Ja, du brennst regelrecht für deine Malerei. Dein Denken ist überall. Und wieder habe ich mehr über deine Malerei erfahren. Dir zuzuhören ist noch mal was anderes, als alles nur anzusehen. DANKE, dass du es öffentlich gesetzt hast.
    Herzlichst, Edith

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Du bist, wie immer, sehr freundlich, liebe Edith! Danke schoen! Ich hoffe, bei Dir ist alles im gruenen Bereich! Herzlichst f

      1. Edith avatar

        Danke deiner Nachfrage. Ich hatte eine gute Auszeit, war im wunderschönen Erzgebirge, dort sind die Wälder noch gesund, die Luft klar und rein und leicht, ganz anders als die schwere Elbe-Luft. Habe oft an dich gedacht, wenn ich was Schönes sah, versuchte, mit deinen Sinnen zu sehen. Schade, dass ich nicht malen kann, lächel. Aber ich kann deine Kunst aufnehmen, manches regelrecht aufsaugen…. Das macht glücklich.
        Dir nur Gutes von mir.

      2. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

        Das sind ja erfreuliche Nachrichten und ich bin beruhigt! Wie immer kann ich nur danke sagen. Aber ich moechte Dir versichern, dass Deine freundlichen Gedanken und Wuensche mehr bewirken als Dir wahrscheinlich bewusst ist. Dir noch mehr Gutes! LG f

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