Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 - 2000) was born in Vienna, Austria, as Friedrich Stowasser into a poor family. As his first drawings looked promising, he decided to focus his studies in art and joined the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts in 1948 which he would leave after only four months. A year later he changed his name to Friedensreich Hundertwasser, which means "full-of-peace hundred-water".
"When we dream alone it is only a dream, but when many dream together it is the beginning of a new reality."
Hundertwasser was keen on experimenting in a wide variety of techniques. In addition to watercolor, he often worked with mixed media but also tried etching, lithography, silkscreen and linography. His graphic oeuvre is characterized by a profusion of biomorphic shapes and by the use of vibrant colours.He was commissioned to work on a great diversity of projects: posters for exhibitions, posters for the Olympic Games, projects for stamps as well as for flags. As an architect, his work is almost a direct transposition of his paintings to reality. His buildings put into practice his major principles: dominance of nature, importance of colour, refusal of the straight line, of compliance and of uniformity. The Hundertwasser Museum opened in Vienna in 1991.