Georg Rauch- A Brief Biography
February 14, 1924 – November 2, 2006
Born in Salzburg, and 1/4 Jewish, Georg Rauch was nonetheless drafted into Hitler’s army and sent to the Russian trenches. He was captured in Romania and spent many months as a Russian POW in Kiev. (See the
Georg’s mother nursed him back to health when he returned home weighing only 80 lbs. But only a year later Georg would spend two years in a ¾ body cast at an Alpine Sanatorium with bone tuberculosis, contracted in the Russian POW camp. He spent hundreds of hours drawing his fellow patients as they lay in the healing sun, and would later say, “This was my best art school!”
He began painting seriously in Vienna in 1949. Strongly influenced by the Viennese artists, Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, he held his first one-man show in 1952 at the Wiener Konzerthaus , also becoming a member of the prestigious “Wiener Secession.” Rauch later exhibited widely in Europe: Paris, London, Duesseldorf, and Munich. On the American continent, he has exhibitions in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City and most of the capital cities of Mexico. In 1968 he was commissioned to build a large kinetic sculpture for the Austrian Pavilion at the Montreal World Exposition.
Rauch has been honored with exhibits in many major museums as well as in multiple private and corporate collections. A few of his museum exhibitions include: 1988 Instituto Cultural Cabañas in Guadalajara, Mexico, 2000 ”50 Years an Artist” in the Museum Ex-Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara, “An Homage to Georg Rauch at Instituto Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in 2008 and most recently (Dec 2015-January 2016, a major exhibition was held in the beautiful museum of the Palacio del Gobierno del Estado de Jalisco,) Guadalajara’s most important newspaper proclaimed: Georg Rauch the Austrian most Mexican. Quite a compliment.