Matthias Laurenz Gräff, Offizielle Webseite


Academic Painter, Political Activist, Private Historian

Helmuth Gräff, drawing "Matthias-Laurenz träumend", 1985/86



Born 19th july to a widespread family, shaped by social, political and religious free thinkers and protagonists as well as traditionalists. Son of the academic painter Helmuth Gräff and Martina Maria Gräff, highschool-professor of arts. The family live at several places in Lower Austria and Vienna



At the age of three young Matthias had already developed his love for art and drawing. Beginning at the age of three he stayd at his fathers studio. In the studio of his father he had been drawing thousends of artworks



Study at private Collage New Design Centre, St. Pölten / Lower Austria (diretor/dean Mag, Barry John Hewson)



Summeracademy Geras / Lower Austria by Prof. Bernhard Holleamnn (until 2004) and Prof. Arthur Redhead (2002-2004)



Between 2002 and 2008 he studied art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna of Wolfgang Herzigs masterclass of painting

"VIVO", 150x160 cm, oil on canvas, diplom



Diplom "Weltaussenschu-Weltinnenschau" at the University of Applied Arts/Vienna  ^^^

Matthias Laurenz Gräff, Ernest kienzl, presidetnf the St. Pöltner Künstlerbund (Art Union) and Thomas Pulle, director of the Stadtmuseum St. Pölten (Museum of the City of St. Pölten). Photo St. Pöltner Künstlerbund



During the 64th yearly fair of St. Pöltens Künstlerbund (Art union) Gräff received the "Adolf Peschek Preis" (Adolf Peschek Public Award) in the Museum of the City of St. Pölten

Matthias Laurenz Gräff, Wolfgang Sobotka, Willi Sauer with the vine ettiquettes of the Red Cross vine. Foto: Christian Leneis, NÖN Kremser Zeitung



Gräff created the vine etiquette of Red Cross in Lower Austria.

Presentation with Gräff (2nd left) Wolfgang Sobotka, president of the austrian Parliament (3rd left) , Willi Sauer, president of the Red Cross Lower Austria (2nd right)

Georgia Kazantzidu and Matthias Laurenz Gräff (central) on stage with the Mojo Blues Band



Together with Georgia Kazantzidu Gräff organized the concert of the famous Mojo Blues Band in his hometown Gars am Kamp 

Matthias Laurenz Gräff and the two Mayors (Gars am Kamp and Gars am Inn) in front of the twin city painting. Photo NÖN Horn

On the accasion of the celebration of the sister city Gars am Inn Gräff created the twin city painting  ^^^

Founder of the worldwide Union "Familienverband Gräff-Graeff e. V." (Family Union Graeff)  ^^^

Matthias Laurenz Gräff and Georgia Kazantzidu with the painting "Garser Wein, Pathos". Photo Copyright by Rupert Kornell, NÖN Horn



Gräff received from mayor's bureau the contract to create the vine etiquettes "Garser Wein 2014". A local businessman boycott the publishing of the etiquettes about the illustration of a half naked woman, and this led to a little media scandal  ^^^

Group photo in front of Kornberg castle (Matthias Laurenz Gräff sixt person from right)

Organisation of a worldwide Graeff-Family Reunion meeting on the occasion of "530 years Graeff" at the former Herren von Graben castles Kornberg and Riegersburg and Graz in Austria

Matthias Laurenz Gräff, Anita Hohenberg and Georgia Kazantzidu

"100 years Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Duchess Sophie of Hohenberg in Sarajewo" at Schloss Artstetten. Gräff, Princess Anita Hohenberg (great-granddaughter of Franz Ferdinand of Austria) and Georgia Kazantzidu (LINK)

Her Excellence Mrs.Chryssoula Aliferi, Matthias Laurenz Gräff and Mrs. Georgia Kazantzidu

At the residence of the Greek Ambassadress in Vienna. The Greek Ambassadress in Vienna, Chryssoula Aliferi, Gräff and Georgia Kazantzidu with the painting "Achilleion auf Korfu"

Regina Waldum, Her Excellence the Greek Ambassadress in Vienna - Mrs. Chryssoulla Aliferi, Georgia Kazantzidu, GGR Gerald Steindl, Maria Elena Kyriakou - the greek Song Contest Singer 2015, Matthias Laurenz Gräff, photo Martin Kalchhauser



Gräff and Georgia Kazantzidu, together with the Greek Ambassadress of Austria, Chryssoula Aliferi, and other members of the greek-austrian community, welcome the Greek Eurovision Song Contest Singer Maria Kyriakou in the Greek Embassy in Vienna (LINK)

Franz, Georgia Kazantzidu, Nick Simper and Matthias Laurenz Gräff.  Photo Peter Brkusic

Artist meeting with Nick Simper, founding member of Deep Purple, in Vienna (LINK)

Auftrag einer Gemäldeserie für die Etiketten des "Garser Wein".



In 2016 Gräff received from mayor's bureau the contract to create the vine etiquettes "Garser Wein 2016" (10 years Garser Wein) (LINK)

Franz, Georgia Kazantzidu, Nick Simper and Matthias Laurenz Gräff.  Photo Peter Brkusic



Artist meeting with Don Airey, keyboardplayer of Deep Purple (LINK)

Nationalrat Werner Groiß, Bernhard Görg -Vizebürgerm. und Landeshauptmann-Stellvertr. von Wien a. D., Gräff, Jörg Leiter (Präsident "Österreichische Selbsthilfe Polyneuropathie"). Foto - Martin Kalchhauser, NÖN Horn

Benefit-Exebition in favor of Polyneuropathie at WUK, Vienna. Opening by Werner Groiß, member of the Austrian Parliament and Bernhard Görg, former Vice-Major and Vice-Governor of Vienna and Werner Groiß, member of the Austrian parliament (LINK)

Alain Dieckhoff, Christophe Jaffrelot, Elise Massicard: "L’Enjeu mondial : Populismes au pouvoir" (fr), Paris: Presses de Sciences Po, 2019, S. 177.  ISBN 978-2-7246-2500-4

since 2017 / 2018


Gräffs political and social critiqual paintings become published by national and international books, magacines and blogs (LINK)

A reminder of the exhibition, dedicated to me by Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover



"Deep Purple - Art and History - The exhibition". Celebrating 50 years of Deep Purple, Kunsthalle Köln-Lindenthal (Cologne, Germany)

Group exhibition with Roger Glover, bass player of Deep Purple (LINK)

My drawing of the band served as an invitation to the exhibition during Deep Purples European tour (LINK)


Matthias Laurenz Gräff, POETS radio

Interwiew on the greek POETS Radio by Mrs Irene Gavala (former general manager of the greek broadcast ERT World) (LINK)

Stephan Maier (Political referent of Beate Meinl-Reisinger), Anais Weinberger (Fundraising), Matthias Laurenz Gräff, Georgia Kazantzidu, Stefan Egger (Federal Managing Director), Ingrid Ciplea



Invitation from Mr Stefan Egger, Federal Managing Director of the Austrian political party NEOS in Vienna. Themes where:

* Europe discussion at Gräffs studio

* A special art project between Gräff and NEOS, "United States of Europe"

Foundation of the Non-partisan platform for Dialogue and Participation - Dialogue in Kamptal ^^^ - in the tradition of a Salon of the 18th and 19th century in the studio Gräff, starting with the "Europe Dialogue in Kamptal" with H.E. Ambassador Dr Wolfgang Petrisch, Mr Douglas Hoyos-Trauttmansdorff, member of the Austrian parliament such as other politicians  ^^^

LAbg. Josef Wiesinger, NR Martina Diesner-Wais, StR Martin Litschauer, Dir. Günter Steindl, Georgia Kazantzidu, Werner Gruber, Herbert Kolinsky, NR Alois Kainz, Matthias Laurenz Gräff (Photo Günther Winkler)

"Dialogue in Kamptal - Bring Politics closer" at the studio Gräff with physician Prof Werner Gruber, Ms Martina Diesner-Wais, Mr Alois Kainz, both members of the Austrian parliament such as other politicians  ^^^

Philipp Jauernik, Hannes Swoboda, Matthias Laurenz Gräff, Emil Brix, Georgia Kazantzidu, Eric Frey



"Politics and Diplomacy in the 21st century", with H.E. Ambassador Emil Brix, MEP ret. Hannes Swoboda (former president of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the EU-parliament), Philipp Jauernik (Paneuropa), Eric Frey (Der Standard)   ^^^

NR aD Georg Vetter, Matthias Laurenz Gräff, Georgia Kazantzidu, BM aD Karin Kneissl, Botschafter Michael Breisky (Foto privat)

"Dialogue of books - Finding common ground" with Karin Kneissl (former Austrian Minister of Foreign Afffairs), Ambassador Michael Breisky, Georg Vetter (former member of the Austrian parliament)  ^^^

Botschafter Sebastian Prinz von Schoenaich-Carolath, Abg. z NR Helmut Brandstätter, Vizekanzler aD Erhard Busek, Georgia Kazantzidu, Willi Mernyi, Matthias Laurenz Gräff, Daniel Lohninger

"Our Europe" with Erhard busek (former Vice-cancellor of Austria), HE Ambassador Sebastian Prinz Schoenaich-Carolath, Helmut Brandstätter (member of the Austrian parliament), Willi Mernyi (Mauthausen Komitee Austria), Daniel Lohninger (NÖN)   ^^^