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zoltanzelan
Vienna, Austria.

Bio: Born in eastern Austria, close to the border of Hungary, he witnessed as a boy the horrors of a nation’s brutal suppression, erupting in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. He finished his education in art and architecture in Vienna, married and sailed for Africa, an adventure that followed his childhood dreams. He had drawn African animals for his art classes, but the time had come to see them in their natural habitat. Meeting a varied facet of people and cultures, working as a draughtsman in an Engineering office, as an architect for a cultural center, as a coordinator with professionals and craftsmen, he made good use of his language skills traveling throughout Southern Africa. During a trip to Lesotho, a native artist showed him rock paintings with their stark palimpsest outlines and typified movements of animals and humans. It made a lasting impression on him and influenced his artistic work. His vast collection of drawings and slides had been lost during a change of domicile, but further studies about the art of the San people reawakened his dormant artistic longing for expression, filling sketchbooks with drawings and notebooks with prose. While revisiting the capitals of Europe, he sensed the bond of art being borderless and free, reaching out across continents into the world. During a visit to Greece, he became accepted into a circle of poets and encouraged to further his writing. In South Africa, he joined writing and poetry workshops that lead to open up the floodgates of his creativity. He decided to travel through Greece and visit its sites of antiquity, read up on Classical mythology and to enjoy qualified translations of Greek poetry and prose. Settled in 2013/14 in Klosterneuburg-Weidling, a historic and romantic village, part of the famous city of Klosterneuburg, where he lives and works.

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