"Love for Life,
Wild at Heart,
Fighting for my Dreams"
Born in Basel, Switzerland in 1944, Guenter Erik Hortz began demonstrating his artistic ability at an early age. The Hortz Family were prominent Swiss chocolate manufacturers, and traditionally sponsored the Arts nationally.
At the age of 9, Hortz was privately tutored in drawing, painting and sculpture. At 15, he entered The Academy of Fine Arts in Basel, Switzerland and participated in the International Geneva Art Fair. He also visited the major museums in Europe to study the Masters – Monet, Lautrec, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Matisse – on extended family business trips.
Attending the most prestigious schools, such as The Academy of Arts in Munich and studying with Chagall in 1961 and assisting Peter Max in NYC in 1962, his talent was both recognized and encouraged. With his participation in the most prestigious international art exhibitions, and the honors bestowed upon him, Hortz was quickly recognized as an exceptional talent.
Hortz expanded the dimensions of his skills by working as a graphic designer for a prestigious German magazine, as well as a set designer for both opera and theatre.
In America, Hortz served in the military from 1962 – 1964. The internationally famous Israeli-born painter, Charles Mellows, sponsored him and together they exhibited in Soho-Greenwich Village in 1970.
Beginning in the late 80’s, the development of Hortz’s matured style evolved. With his dramatic use of color and texturing, he captures his subject matter with unique flair, and creates his mastery of impressionistic style and technique. Hortz believes that Impressionism is the most emotional, sensitive and powerful style of art. “It is the interplay of color and light and subject in perfect harmony that creates the true magic of creativity. A connection between artist and viewer evolves that unveils the emotions and creates the true artistic experience for both me and my audience.”
Now in his renaissance, Hortz is in the process of creating a series of paintings which embrace the soul of mankind. “The Seven Virtues and Seven Sins,” presents the contrast between the good and the evil, the yin and the yang – mankind’s conflict with themselves. His leading works of art for the series, “Angel Guarding The Seven Virtues,” “Envy,” “Gluttony,” “Shine,” “Leda and The Swan,” “Mystic Muse and The Red Pony,” and “MidSummer Nights Dream,” are artistically beautiful, engaging, thought provoking and unique, true collectors items. They are presently on display in this online gallery. Other new pieces are in the process at this time and will soon be released on-line.
Currently residing in Boca Raton, Florida, Hortz’s work has been included in many art shows and galleries as well as private collections with pride to the art connoisseurs worldwide. They include:
He is also represented in the private collections of Sarah Churchill, General Otto Tittman, Ralph Lauren, Inc., Daniel King, Esq., Dr. Ronald Atkins and Mrs. H. Parrish II among others.