Walter Gaudnek


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Walter Gaudnek

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Walter Gaudnek


Gaudnek, Walter, 1931-
Art--Southern States
Orlando (Fla.)


Born in Fleyh, Czechoslovakia, in 1931, pop artist Dr. Walter Gaudnek is known for his blend of his bold colors, philosophy, religious symbolism, labyrinth installations, and mixtures of performance and art. He also draws heavy inspiration from Bohemia, Caravaggio, Kazimir Malevich, and Pablo Picasso. A 1957 Fulbright Scholar who received his doctorate from New York University, he joined the art faculty of the Florida Technological University (present-day University of Central Florida) in Orlando, Florida, in 1970. Dr. Gaudnek previously taught at universities in Los Angeles, New York, and Ohio. He founded the Long Island University's Hillwood Art Museum in Greenvale, New York. His honors from UCF include Distinguished Researcher of the Year (1990), the Teaching Incentive Program Award (1995 and 2005), the Professional Excellence Program Award (1997), the President's Award (1999), and the Research Incentive Award (2002). In 1994, the Sudetendeutecher Landsmannschaft, an organization dedicated to recognizing the achievements of the Czech-German diaspora, awarded him the Kulturpreis for Fine Art and Architecture.

Dr. Gaudnek's work can be seen at the Gaudnek Europe Museum (GEM) in Altomnster, Germany, as well as the UCF Library, which contains a retrospective of his work from 1945 to 2007. He has participated in more than 200 solo and group exhibitions, installations, and performances in Germany, Italy, Spain, England, Colombia, the Czech Republic, and the United States. His works have also been exhibited in museums in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Virginia, Arizona, Florida, Europe, and Brazil, as well as schools, banks, office buildings, libraries, theaters, museums, and private homes in Europe and the United States. He has been featured in documentaries in San Francisco, New York, Munich, Sใo Paolo, and Paris.


Original color photograph: City of Orlando Terrace Gallery, Orlando, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 1931-2015

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Digital reproduction of original color photograph.

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Art Legends of Orange County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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1 color photograph




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Fleyh, Czechoslovakia
Florida Technological University, Orlando, Florida
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University, Greenvale, New York
Gaudnek Europe Museum, Altomnster, Dachau, Bavaria, Germany

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Copyright to this resource is held by the City of Orlando Terrace Gallery and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

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Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

Bishop, Philip E. "Artist Puts His Religious Faith On Canvas In Bright Pop Style." The Orlando Sentinel, November 28, 1993.

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1 color photograph


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