Andreas Urteil

b. 19 January 1933 in Gakovo, Opština Sombor (YU), d. 13 June 1963 in Vienna (A); Austrian sculptor and illustrator of German-Yugoslav origin

He was an important representative of avant-garde art in Austrian sculpture of the 1950s and early 1960s.

1948-1951Apprentice stonemason at the firm of Eduard Hauser, but already had ambitions to create his own interpretations. Attended art college in the building housing the Academy of Fine Arts on Schillerplatz. His early works still show leanings towards the art of antiquity.
1951 Enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, accepted in the sculpture class held by Prof. Santifaller
1952  1st prize in the sculpture section of a competitive exhibition titled "Junges Werk" organized by the Catholic Youth of Austria. Worked on many restoration projects, e.g. in the parliament building and the State Opera.
1953  Taken on by Prof. Fritz Wotruba in the master class for sculpture. Among his fellow pupils were Johannis Avramidis, Alfred Hrdlicka, Alfred Czerny, Rudolf Kedl, Erwin Reiter, Franz Anton Koufal, Roland Göschl, Nausica Pastra and Leopold Höfinger.
1954 27th Biennale in Venice. Trips to Rome and Florence to study the Old Masters. Urteil abandons his historical influences and develops his own form language.
1955 Training studio run with Alfred Czerny
1956  Study trip to Italy: Venice, Florence, Arezzo, Assisi, Rome, Pompeii,...
1960    Förderungspreis (Funding Award) of the Theodor Körner Foundation for Science and Art
1961Teacher of stone sculpture at Wotruba's school for master craftspeople
1961Biennale de Paris
1962 International sculpture symposium in the quarry at St. Margarethen in Burgenland
1962Austrian State Award for Sculpture
1964documenta III in Kassel

 His sculptures were also exhibited at the world fairs in New York City and Montreal and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.

Andreas Urteil left a rich body of work consisting of drawings and sculptures in stone, bronze, wood and compressed concrete.