Anneke Hodel-Onstein was born in the Netherlands and lives and works in Klosterneuburg near Vienna, Austria. Besides her work as a professional artist, she is active as a freelance conference interpreter and translator. She obtained a degree in German philology, translating and interpreting. Since 1987 she attended several professional training courses in painting and printing with various renowned artists. Participated in multiple symposia, workshops and summer academies in Austria and abroad.
She describes her painting as a process that revolves her mind around images and sounds, which both give her guidance and stability. Abstract paintings help to shed irrelevancies, as their purpose is not to represent anything special, but rather to disclose what is behind them. Fragments and impressions of reality … being deeply ingrained in nature … and her very personal history. Her pictures tell of what she noticed and feels. In an earlier stage of her life, she has been a musician as well, but she had to make a choice within her creative practice. Her personal path took her to the visual arts, which turned out to be more suitable, fitting and attractive for her. Melodies, rhythms and sounds - she always perceived as shapes and colors and in many of her works, it is music that is still playing a leading role. It is her intrinsic visual world and associative spaces, emotions that are created by sounds. This is how colorful experiences as well as monochrome shapes emerge, small graphic prints, but also larger-format paintings, a sort of visualized segments of her awareness and an approach to their hidden secrets.
Drawing is a key element in her everyday routine, producing concepts, initial sheets or quite often even series. Over and over she researches into new techniques.
Her monoprints and etchings often express a subtle continuation and compaction of a specific theme. She works manually on prints or on the printing press, often on Japanese paper or copperplate printing paper. When it comes to etchings, she usually creates a limited number of prints in addition to several artist proofs.
Anneke is an active member of of the art society and over the years affiliated with multiple institutions like for instance: IAA International Association of Art, IG Bildende Kunst, Kulturvernetzung Niederösterreich, verein ::kunst-projekte:: Wien, GalerieCentrum Graz, Künstlervereinigung Atelier Yin-Yang, Global Calligraphy Vienna and "quartierquadrat" group of artists, Vienna.
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