Artist / Amateur Writer
Born in Austria, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Vienna with honours and an M. A. in 1953. Since 1958 in Toronto, Canada. This creative pursuit on display is on view with over 200 images on my new Website under – Joseph Roitner, Canadian Painter.
Already before my teens, I have expressed myself through painting. This interest led to study art and I have painted since to develop less my skill than convey with the acknowledged styles of modern art my spiritual view of a subject.
The apparent change in my work that seems at first so different from one stage to the next is, with a few exceptions, an organic transition. In other words, colours, forms and composition, although different to the point where they appear to be by another artist, are strongly related.
The somewhat realistic works are from that notion excluded. They stem from a basic enjoyment to explore the special, impressionistic side of painting, and were never meant for exhibitions. On the more creative side, I used the apparent realism in a surreal-symbolical expression and have always had to some extent interest in portraits.
About writing: I have not had the same training nor use of language to become a writer, unlike painting where I claim to be an artist rather than amateur. Still, within themes, subjects, ideas, I have always had the urge and interest to clarify my thinking to the best of my knowledge. My concern about historical and social events and its consequences worldwide that filters through my paintings, with themes that are rather universal than local or national, I had the need to express those thoughts more explicitly with words to voice how I see my world.
So then, whatever felt appropriate to write about in a loose form of mainly articles, short stories or poems, I will enter gradually in this setting here for reading – available in German as well.
In Memorial 1929 – 2017
Dear friends, with some sadness, our father passed away at 87 on May 9th 2017 peacefully at his home after a long struggle with cancer ailments.
He was a quiet, reserved man with many talents. He studied Fine Arts in Vienna and created these paintings and writings on this site.
An avid ski racer, he meet our mum, Jeanine on the slopes in Austria. (he was the instructor) They emigrated to Canada in 1958, settled in Toronto. A lover of classical music, theatre and a piano player. Dad also enjoyed playing tennis, golf, and watching hockey.
Here is a photo from a few years ago; the family took many, he got it started, we continue on… with love Dan, Allan & Susan Roitner (his children)