Selected Work

Variations - Kulturengefleche


Following an in-depth investigation into post-war modern architecture, Fabian Patzak has now shifted his focus to the details: shapes and patterns. While continuing to incorporate impressions of architectural elements inspired by buildings in Western Europe and the US, the works in "Variations - Kulturengeflechte" make ample reference to historically non-Western patterns, and investigate the borders between what have, in modern history, been identified as cultural markers and separate contexts.

Small Wall, 2017 | oil on canvas | 40x30cm
Variation on a Bank Building in Vienna, 2016 | oil on canvas | 100x120cm
Variation on a Concrete Screen Wall in Vienna, 2016 | oil on canvas | 100x120cm
Variation on a Moroccan Carpet in Italy, 2017 | oil on canvas | 100x120cm
Variation on a Moroccan Pattern in Italy I, 2016 | watercolor on paper | 24x33cm

Unugly Buildings


With his series Unugly Buildings, the artist Fabian Patzak reconsiders the aesthetic and critical evaluation of mid-century modernist structures as “ugly.” Focusing on the materials of these buildings, and their interplay with the natural environment, Patzak explores some of the formal qualities that endowed modernism with a sense of opportunity and expressiveness in its early manifestations. And by isolating the structures from the landscape, he reframes previously dismissed work by architects, like the Austrian Georg Lippert, in new angles, providing the viewer with unexpected glances at familiar places, as well as vistas free of the cultural and psychological conditioning that often factors into analyses of architecture, particularly its elevation to the status of “beautiful,” or relegation to “ugly.”


Offices on Prinz Eugen Strasse, 2015 | oil on canvas | 130x170 (Vienna Chamber of Labor collection)
Balconies on Wagramerstrasse, 2015 | oil on canvas | 100x140cm (private collection)
Offices on Hollandstrasse, 2013 I oil on canvas I 135x170cm (private collection)
Windows on Sonnwendgasse, 2016 | Oil on canvas | 130x170cm
Hotel on Marseillerstrasse II, 2014 | oil on canvas | 130x170cm
Apartments on Arnoldgasse (Hanni's House), 2015 | oil on panel | 50x70cm

In Lieu Of


The emotional resonance of architectural space has been investigated by numerous artists, architects, and critics. Whether their responses are conditioned through social or cultural interactions, memory, or personal relationships to light, color, and form, the individual´s experience of the built environment, or place – its phenomenological and more psychologically charged metonym – is unique. The open-ended meanings and interpretations of those experiences are formed through concrete interactions with shapes and materials as well as by the aspirations and thoughts with which the mind fills man-made – and natural – space.


Windows on Argentinierstrasse, 2012 | oil on canvas | 170x200cm (private collection)
Macon Yard (Roy's Place), 2011 | oil on canvas | 100x140cm (private collection)
Vienna DC at Night, 2012 I oil on panel I 70x100 (private collection)
Pavillion on Laaer Wald, 2012 | oil on panel | 70x100cm (private collection)
Araucaria Araucana in Hernals, 2014 | oil on canvas | 60x80cm
Schnitzel on Wagramerstrasse II, 2015 | watercolor on paper | 20x31cm (private collection)

Inventing Experience


In this collection of work, Fabian Patzak extends and refines the concerns of his past projects through an exploration of the psychological connections attached to architectonic spaces, whether perceived through lived experience, memory, emotion, thoughts, or dreams. Similar to Adolf Loos and Frederick Kiesler, who schematized architecture and its interiors to include the mental and tactile, Patzak dispenses with time and scientific observation to construct space and considers the phenomenological and psychic values that shape perceptions of both literal and metaphorical environments.


Wall on Oxford Street, 2009 | oil on panel | 18x24cm (private collection)
Lamp on J Street, 2010 | oil on panel | 35x45cm (private collection)
PS Kaisermuehlen, 2011 | oil on panel | 24x30cm (private collection)
Window on Oxford Street, 2009 | oil on panel | 18x24cm (private collection)
Windows on First Ave, 2010 | oil on panel | 18x24cm (private collection)
Stairs on Macon Street, 2009 | oil on canvas | 100x150cm (private collection)