1940 Graz - 2011 Graz
Born in Graz in 1940, Franz Ringel attended the School of Applied Arts in Graz between 1954 and 1958. There he met Wolfgang Herzig and Drago Prelog. In 1958 Ringel moved to Vienna and studied at the Academy of Applied Arts and at the Academy of Fine Arts (1959-1960 under Hans Knesl and from 1960-1965 under Albert Paris Gütersloh). Ringel's painting, initially still non-representational and rich in color, changed over time to a representational, figurative pictorial world dominated by the central themes of Eros and death. Since 1972 Ringel had his own studio in Vienna. In 1972-1973 the artist stayed in Paris. Franz Ringel was a member of the Vienna Secession and the group "Wirklichkeiten", which was constituted in 1968.
Franz Schuh (Hrsg.), Franz Ringel, mit Beiträgen von Otto Breicha, Wolfgang Drechsler, Helmut A.Gansterer, Peter Gorsen, Rudolf Haller, Thaddäus Podgorski, Dieter Ronte, Franz Schuh, 1991 Edition Falter/Deuticke; Helmut A.Gansterer (Hrsg.), Franz Ringel. Achtundsiebzig Bilder für Maria, Wien, 1997; 1966-1998. Franz Ringel. Die Reise nach Petuschki, Wien 1999