Wolfgang Bauer


Currently on view at Found Gallery in Los Angeles are a new series of narrative paintings from Austrian-born artist Wolfgang Bauer. Titled “Spring Awakenings,” the show features several life-sized oil paintings of androgynous young people who directly confront the viewer with intense and persistent eye contact. The series, which developed from a study of German literature, philosophy and anthropology, investigates the struggles of childhood. Focusing on ideas of sexuality, negativity, gender and family structures within Western society, Bauer strives to illuminate and offer acceptance to adolescents who struggle to adhere to cultural norms. Bauer currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at the Hochschule fuer Musik and Darstellende Kunst in Germany and at the Universitaet fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Austria. In addition, Bauer holds a degree in fine arts, gender studies and German literature from the University of Southern California. “Spring Awakenings” will be on view from May 11 to June 12.