(b. 1985, Innsbruck, Austria)
Lukas Fambri is an austrian draftsman, painter and photographer. His affection for art began at an early age as he was maturing under reclusive conditions arising from an early-onset of various mental health problems in the early 2000’s. He is most renowned for his ability to create life-like graphite and charcoal portraits and his most recent paintings which he creates by exploiting a particular symptom of his own mental health condition.
Since the late 1990’s Fambri has produced thousands of sketches, drawings, photographs as well as various other works of art. Throughout the 2000’s he exclusively focused on drawing, steadely honing his skills in an autodidact fashion, eventually achieving mastery in this field. After a decade in seclution Fambri began to exhibit across his home state and internationally in 2014 which, over time, drew attention to his persona and vast collection of works he’d created in private for over 15 years. His portrait of the American actress Maude Ewing Adams Kiskadden “Homage to Maude“ especially garnered major attention at several domestic and international exhibitions.
In recent years his focus began to shift away from drawing and towards other mediums. He began to incorporate photography and most recently painting in his artistic work to better achieve and convey his ideas.
Photography became an essential part of Fambri’s work. First ventures into the medium began around 2010 and has continuously garnered his interest ever since then. Fambri uses photography mainly as a supporting trait for his other art projects but also produces stand-alone works within the medium, including books and catalogues. “Imminent Times“, “Inherent Masters“.
In 2018 Fambri developed a fast growing dissatisfaction about an perceived lack of artistic coherence in and between his art that led to his search for a unifying theme that would be present in all of his future works going foward. In 2019 his search was met with success; drawing from long personal expirience he began to focus on the nature of the human psyche and its countless ramifications when burdened by mental illnesses.
The most intimate and challenging idea within this new theme: provocation of a particular symptom of his own mental health afflictions – panic attacks – and using the resulting chaotic mental state to paint. His first successfull painting using this method titled “Terrore Perturbari“ (latin; be in panic / panicked) was finished in late 2019. It established painting as an important new medium for Fambri’s work.
Lukas Fambri is currently working on several projetcs which he creates in his studio and, on occasion, in public spaces around his home state. Fambri is represented by Kass Gallery, Innsbruck. He lives in Austria.
“Ever since his first few exhibitions a couple of years ago Lukas Fambri has become an indispensable term in the local world of art. He is one of the “silent ones” within the artist community, using every free minute to improve his skills. Lukas Fambri occupies himself mainly with works concerning the perception of the human psyche and its psychology whereby he manages to create stunning representations of his perceived reality. The development of mental health issues left the artist isolated for several years, but at the same time they gave him the opportunity to adress himself more to his artistic skills which helped him to teach himself the knowledge and techniques of drawing in an self-educated way. Retrospectively it can be said that this very dispostition has made his remarkable talent intrusively visible.”
Johanna K. Penz,
Founder and CEO of ART Innsbruck
international fair for contemporary art