COSMO BARRANCA
ink drawing, 12 x 8 in, 30.48 x 20.32 cm


ROLAND STRASSER
Born in Vienna, Austria, 1895 – 1974
Roland Strasser was a well-known Austrian landscape, portrait and genre painter.

His training began in his father's studio (Arthur Strasser, painter - sculptor). During 1911-1915 he studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts as a pupil of Rudolf Jettmar and Julius Schmidt, specializing in drawing, painting and sculpture. Later he studied at the Academy of Munich.

He ventured to Indonesia in 1920, traveling through Siam, Java, New Guinea, China, India, Mongolia, Tibet, Japan and North Africa. In 1934, he returned to Bali and lived and painted in his studio in the cold mountainous area of Kintaman just above Lake Batur for ten years.

He left Bali in 1944 and died in Santa Monica, California, in 1974.

His works are part of many important public collections, such as: Heeres Museum - Vienna, Moderne Gallerie - Innsbruck, Volksraads Gebovw - Batavia, Academie der Kunste - Berlin, Museum - Urga, Academy of Art - Honolulu, ARMA - Ubud, National Gallery of N.S.W. - Sydney, UCLA Art Gallery - Los Angeles, Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery - Kitchener, and the Art Gallery of Ontario - Toronto.