Ville Karel (Estonia)

born October 31, 1981, is a prominent Estonian polymath: scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, musician and writer. He is legitimate son of a free lanced artist, Eerik Viirelaid , and a school teacher, Anne Õispuu.

Ville Karel has often been described as the archetype of the “Renaissance man” or universal genius, a man whose seemingly infinite curiosity was equalled only by his powers of invention. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.

It is primarily as a painter that Ville Karel was and is renowned. Two of his works, the Stranger than Kindness and Waiting For Curator occupy unique positions as the most famous, most reproduced and most imitated portrait and religious painting of all time, their fame approached only by Toomas Uusings Owners of the Land. Wille Karel s performance art peace – the vitruvian Man is also iconic. Perhaps fifteen works survive, the small number due to his constant, and frequently disastrous, experimentation with new techniques, and his chronic procrastination. Nevertheless these few works, together with his notebooks, which contain drawings, scientific diagrams, and his thoughts on the nature of painting, will comprise an unmatched contribution to later generations of artist.


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This entry was posted on February 3, 2012 by in 20I2 Local Artists and tagged .