Peter Gric was born in 1968 in Brno, former Czechoslovakia, as the only child of husband and wife artists Ludmila and Jaroslav Gric. In 1980, when Peter was still a child, his family was granted permission to holiday outside of the strictly controlled socialist territories. Unbeknownst to him, his parents never planned to return, and driving to Austria instead of their state approved holiday destination, where they applied for residency. They spent a year in Edlach/Reichenau an der Rax, and afterwards they moved to Linz where Peter finished primary school before moving on to technical college for graphic design.
Even in his early childhood his parents recognized and supported his talent for drawing and painting and in 1988 he came to Vienna and began studying at the Academy of Fine Arts — in the master class of Professor Arik Brauer, no less. During his time spent there he participated in numerous group exhibitions and started to successfully sell his paintings. He finished his studies in 1993 and earned a Masters degree in Fine Arts. In 2009 Peter moved from Vienna to Oberhöflein at the Hohe Wand plateau, near the Eastern Alps. He has two daughters, Emilia (2002) and Natalia (2005).
Peter Gric is best known for his mysterious abandoned futuristic architectural landscapes. He studied under professor Arik Brauer at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, who was one of the original members of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. Peter has come to represent the next generation of artists influenced from this movement.
Peter has been exhibited alongside other historically notable artists (such as H R Giger) and is a member of the Labyrinthe group. He has illustrated numerous book covers, predominantly for sci-fi or fantasy genres. Coming from a younger generation of artists means he has not shied away from digital technology — he also works in 3D modelling and often uses 3D techniques to conceptualize some of his more complex works before committing to paint.
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