Peter Gric was born 1968 in former Czechoslovakia. When he was a boy, his family were granted permission to holiday outside of the strictly controlled socialist territories. Unbeknown to him, his parents never planned to return, and driving to Austria instead of their state approved holiday destination, where they applied for residency.
He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, under professor Arik Brauer who was one of the original members of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. Peter therefore is among the next generation of artists influenced from this movement. He completed his studies in 1993 with a Masters degree in Fine Arts.
He has illustrated numerous book covers, predominantly for sci-fi or fantasy genres. Being of a younger generation of artists, he has not shied from digital technology and also worked in 3D modeling. This has been used by him to visualize some of his more complex works before being committed to paint.
In 2007, Peter commenced a stage design for the SamPlay production “Hamlet in Rock”.
That same year, Peter’s work appeared in an international publication, “Metamorphosis – 50 Contemporary Surreal, Fantastic and Visionary Artists” (ISBN 978-0-9803231-0-8). He has since exhibited with Galerie 10, which has had a long association with the founders of Vienna Fantastic Realists, such as Ernst Fuchs, Wolfgang Hutter, and Arik Brauer, whom he studied under.
He was also invited to join the Ange Exquis, an international group project organized by his fellow countryman and painter Lukáš Kándl. Project members add and remove artworks from the collective body of work over time.
Gric’s artwork has been acquired by many private and public collectors, among them also the Austrian Gallery in the Belvedere (palace) in Vienna, and film director Guillermo Del Toro.
Peter says of his artwork, “The canvas (or board) is for me a vehicle, a kind of a space craft, to travel to unknown places in unknown realities. If the origin of my journey is in the world of the explainable and the describable, then I attempt to leave its orbit. However, the gravity of words is pulling me back, that’s why I am not taking any questions along on my trip, and consequently I do not expect any answers either. I see my paintings as insights into alternative realities or alternative states of consciousness reflecting on my own perplexity about existence.“