Originally born in Argentina, Lucas is a third generation Austrian 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 gifted 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 watercolors to acrylics, oils, drawings, sculpture, abstractions, surrealism, fantasy and realism. He has done private painting and sculpture commissions, custom furniture pieces and even book illustrations. Among his other passions, he composes songs on guitar inspired by nature and photographs of landscapes in preparation for his paintings. He also works as a product and furniture designer for prestigious brands in North America and Europe.
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 our natural treasures.