World Fine Art Professionals and their Key-Pieces, 7 - Hedy Maimann
Hedy Maimann with a Ph.D. in Macroeconomics worked for two years in a bank in Vienna, Austria, quit her job and started to study visual arts. Now she works full-time in the arts. Hedy Maimann has an orthodox Jewish family background. Her parents are holocaust survivors.
Peace is an important theme in her work. Hedy Maimann: ‘The central theme of my work as I see it today is probably finding inner and outer Peace by showing the essential paths to peace, the beauty and the flow of life, the wisdom and creativity of nature. I use the healing powers of harmonious colors that contain positive vibrations. My work turns people inwards and clears their mind of the chatter of the world. It takes them out of the constant influences and manipulations of the outer world by giving them the remembrance of who they truly are. This allows them to understand better what is going on inside them and the world.’
Art opens your heart
‘Since I can remember I was always interested in the essential questions of life like: “Who am I, why am I here? What is life all about? Where does it come from? How can I contribute to make this world a better place?” I was also interested in philosophy, psychology, alternative healing, history , religions, education, politics , new scientific discoveries and of course in everything that helped me to express my true unique self , my way of seeing the world. The tool that gave and gives me this possibility is definitely art. I feel the urge to express myself, my inner richness and beauty that flows boundlessly.
To be an active part of human evolution is an important goal for me. I was brought up with the pursuit of knowledge: “If you save one life you save the world.” Like music art has the ability to open your heart and increase your positive vibes and change your views. It is an old concept, that of art influencing people’s views and there are many ways of doing this. I like for instance René Magritte a lot.
My way is not so much to change the views directly by putting objects in a different context but showing many layers of reality; the things behind the things. Anyone who has seen the documentary movie ”Alphabet” from the Austrian director Erwin Wagenhofer knows what I mean. We are constantly taught in schools that only one solution is right. We are taught to think in a linear way. 92% of the children before they go to school have great creative intelligence, after school the creative intelligence drops down to a very small percentage, 2%!!’
Layers in the painting
‘But to find win- win solutions for this world, for humanity and to have a happy fulfilling life we need to use our creative intelligence and find other solutions. We have to see the different layers that exist everywhere. You can recognize this in politics. Old wounds derived from previous conflicts and wars are not healed until they resurface and people are ready to let go completely; forgive and heal all the wounds.
Many cities especially in Europe have so many layers of history that can be felt. Nothing is black and white; that there are many truths behind the truth. I often have those many layers in my paintings, Therefore I paint over things and then I reopen parts of it. It is like what is happening on this earth plane so often recently. Truth is a part of peace. You cannot be in peace if you lie to yourself and to others.
I don't want to change the world by showing the ugliness or to protest through paintings As paintings hang on a wall and spread their energies. I do paint for people and wouldn't like them to have negative energies in their homes. When people’s energy is raised and they are at peace, the outer circumstances can only change; it is the flip-side of the coin.’
Series about the Middle-Eastern conflict
When discussing the Key Work in her oeuvre she says: ‘At one point I only concentrated on paintings and I made a series of peace-themed paintings out of concern for the Middle-Eastern conflict. I would say that those paintings are the most important ones, as Peace is one of my dominant themes. This series shows the inner path to gain peace. I think the best way to manifest peace on earth is to first find peace within you. I even wrote a book about this topic with 22 peace-themed paintings in it. I printed five samples of it. It is called “Peace Art”.
I also designed a new, sensual modern Tarot card deck that I called “Tarot of Inner Peace”. This deck helps you to understand better yourself and your relationships to others and gain inner peace through this understanding. It is influenced from traditional card meanings. The idea behind the deck was to create something that transcends the darkness and heaviness of the old tarot cards. It is an uplifting deck whose vibrations and harmonious colors will bring rebirth if the reader chooses so. it was created as a new way of finding yourself and finding love, peace and happiness. ‘
Concerning abstract paintings, it is impossible to say which one is a key work as each and every one is very unique, very different and equally important.
Hedy Maimann is a born artist, she says. ‘As far as I can think I liked to draw and you would always see me with paper, pencils and colors. But I was and am attracted to all forms of art as they all contain the possibilities of expressing myself. I started doing ballet at the age of 3 until I was 11. I did classical pointe ballet technique but I did not want to ruin my feet. Much later I learned flamenco for a year and then I started with Salsa as well as other South American and African dances like more recently Kizomba.
At 5 I started playing piano and at the age of 10 I was accepted at the music University in Vienna. I studied classical piano until the age of 19. I had quite a fear of playing by heart and would get stuck in the middle of the piece I was playing. I also felt that a solo career as pianist for a woman would be too challenging, so I continued privately with piano. in the meantime I had taken a drawing correspondence course coming from a School in Holland.’
‘The only thing my father paid for were the drawing courses as he always believed in my drawing and painting capability. After finishing my studies in macroeconomics with a Masters degree I worked for two years for a bank. After the birth of my children I started learning oil painting with a well-known professor, Josef Maria Svoboda ( also known for his underwater paintings). I felt I had an artistic, creative nature and knew I could no longer do the "9 to 5" job.
He took me as a pupil and I studied oil painting at his home privately learning the techniques of the impressionists. I always loved impressionism as light and color are so important to me. To capture instantly the energies of what I see as important; the light, colors, the feelings of the moment because the next day everything will be totally different. I learned to see everything more intensely through art. Art sharpened my senses.
I paint from my heart even when I have a plan in mind. Then I give it to my creative part to allow it to materialize; sometimes it changes totally from my initial idea. I give it the freedom to do the best possible at that moment and that is where the beauty Is created both for me and the for viewer. I think the process of creating art can offer a lot of insights about oneself.’