Originally born in Argentina, Lucas is a third generation Landscape painter. He was brought up in the epic landscapes of Patagonia, on his family ranch, hand-built in Austrian tradition by his grandfather Franz Kratochwil. Franz was a prolific landscape and portrait painter, trained at the Vienna Art Academy.
Lucas grew up surrounded by the Andes mountains, Patagonian lakes and ancient native forests. He shared his father’s passion for living in nature, together with his family’s artistic heritage. They would spend their days working the land, doing fine carpentry, furniture and painting. His father, Robert Kratochwil, is a great figure drawing artist and landscape photographer.
At age 19, Lucas moved to Graz, Austria to pursue a degree in Industrial Design at the prestigious FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences Graz, where he further developed his passion for design and technical thinking. After graduating he moved to Vienna, where he started a carrier in the Art Department of the Film Industry. Using his talent as a painter, sculptor and designer he designed and fabricated numerous sets and props for Movies and Television Shows.
Lucas has been creating artwork his entire life. Through the years he has explored various mediums, styles and themes ranging from watercolours to acrylics, oils, drawings, sculpture, abstract art, surrealism, fantasy and realism. He has done numerous private painting and sculpture commissions, custom furniture pieces and even book illustrations.
He lives and works out of Vancouver Canada, where he is currently creating a collection of large scale oil paintings depicting the Pacific North West’s geographical landmarks. His realistic paintings have a big impact on the public and help to raise awareness of the vital interaction of people and nature and the importance of preserving the planet’s natural treasures.
2019 “Artist in Residence Program” at the Fairmont Banff Springs.
2019 “North Shore Art Crawl” Studio exhibition, North Vancouver.
2018 Large scale paintings of the Pacific North West region. Starts showing at Mountain Galleries, Canada.
2017 Paintings for Austrian Adventures book "Lemak und Picasso".
2016 Starts working as Industrial Designer at Bensen Furniture.
2015 Illustrations for Austrian Thriller movie "Devil Devil Devil".
2014 - 2017 Industrial Design work for various clients.
2013 - 2015 Production Design for Short and Feature Films in Vienna, Austria.
2010 - 2013 Industrial Design Degree at FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences Graz, Austria.
2000 - 2010 Sculpture and Painting training at Estudio Artetra with Sculptor Guillermo Agostini in Argentina.
1989 - 2001 Painting and sculpture lessons from his father Robert Kratochwil.