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Helmut Mairhofer
Helmut Mairhofer in Vienna Calligraphy Center

Helmut Mairhofer, born 1954 in Austria,

engineer by education, did not enjoy any artistic or graphic education. However acquainting his first skills in arabic calligraphy 1977-79 at the University of Vienna and the Egyptian Culture Institute Vienna his passion for calligraphy , pens and ink was born.

Spending his professional career of over 30 years in the Middle East, East Africa and the Balkans he never lost an opportunity to learn from local calligraphers and artists in Iraq, Kuwait, Egypt and Ethiopia.

He is particularly fascinated by the limitless varieties of Thuluth, Kufi and free writing in order to „shape“ geographic maps, visualizing objects through words, or contrasting Thuluth writing with Austrian Art Nouveau-font or amharic scripts

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