Gottfried Helnwein is a renowned visual artist, born in Austria and raised in Ireland. Gottfried Helnwein has used a range of methods and mediums as a painter, draftsman, photographer, muralist, sculptor, installation, and performance artist.

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Early Life and Childhood

Gottfried Helnwein was born on 8th October 1948 in Vienna Austria. By this, he is currently 73 years old and he holds Austrian-Irish nationality. As his birth date is 8th October, his zodiac sign is Libra while he follows Christianity.

Moving on towards his family members, he was born to his father Joseph Helnwein, and his mother Margarethe Helnwein. His father was a worker at the Austrian Post and Telegraphy Administration whereas his mother was a housewife. Elfriede Helnwein, Elisabeth Helnwein, and Maria Helnwein are three of his siblings.


Talking about his educational status, he joined the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from where he graduated with a Master-class prize.

Professional Life and Career

Helnwein’s early work consisted mostly of hyper-realistic watercolors showing injured children, as well as pictures and performances in public locations, sometimes involving children. The bandaged infant, next to the artist himself, became the most essential character partnered with him in his actions: the personification of the vulnerable, innocent individual at the mercy of physical force.

From 1969, Helnwein produced watercolors of damaged and mistreated children at the same time. With bandages around his head and forks and surgical instruments piercing his mouth or cheek, the artist exposed himself as a victim and martyr.

Comics are another significant aspect of his work. Since he was a child, Helnwein has recognized the superiority of cartoon life over real life. The painting “Mouse I” by Helnwein was included at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition The Darker Side of Playland: Childhood Imagery from the Logan Collection in 2000.

Despite the fact that Helnwein’s art is founded in German expressionism, he has included aspects of American pop culture. He began to include cartoon characters in his paintings in the 1970s. When looking at his work from the 1970s to the present, one can identify inspirations like Bosch, Goya, John Heartfield, Beuys, and Mickey Mouse, all of which were filtered through a postwar Viennese background.

Helnwein’s stage and costume designs for theater, ballet, and opera performances are equally well-known. Helnwein was an Honorary Member of iSTAN, the International Stage Art Network, a collaboration between the International Theatre Institute ITI and Beijing’s Central Academy of Drama.

Gottfried Helnwein

Caption: Gottfried’s Art (source: Artsy)

Net worth

The multi-talented artist has made a huge amount of money from his artist career. According to the online resources, he currently has an approximate net worth of $9 million US dollars.

Personal Life

Moving on to his personal life, the visual artist is in a married relationship with novelist Renate Helnwein. The couple married in a private ceremony in front of their closest friends and relatives.

We’re keeping an eye on things and will update her partner’s information as soon as we have it. Gottfried and his wife have four children named Cyril, Mercedes, Ali Elvis, and Wolfgang Amadeus.  The pair splits their time between Ireland and Los Angeles.

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Caption: Gottfried with his wife (source: Independent)

Body Measurements and Social Media

Enhancing his body measurements, Gottfried is a tall and good-looking guy. talking of his height and weight, he is 5 feet 10 inches or 1.78 meters tall and weighs around 70 kg or 154 pounds. Similarly, he has long dark brown hair and a pair of green eyes. However, he often wears a band on his head and sunglasses.

When it comes to his social media handles, he has his accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Likewise, he has a huge 397k followers on Facebook, more than 87.3k followers on Instagram, and over 3.5 followers on Twitter.

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