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"I am not constructing......I am painting......that is my way of living!"


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Uly was born as second son of parents being development workers in Malawi/Africa. Living his early years on the beaches of the delightful Lake Malawi Uly still recall colourful sceneries of water, light and tropical vegetation. He also remember frightful thunderstorms, the sound of drums from nearby villages and playing with his native friends. Lost paradise of childhood…….

After return to Europe his life was characterized by numerous changes of living places, moving between Vienna, Frankfurt, Villach/Austria and Salzburg. Since 1991 he is a resident of Vienna the home town of his mother. Besides studying physics and philosophy Uly intensified his earlier efforts in painting. However, it is his genuine conviction to be a painter and, consequently, his main thrust and interest will continue to further “translate” his spiritual and cognitive imaginations. Uly always focused on the contents and process of painting which is often far away from any art market. So the artist has been working as a teacher for 12 years and founded the "Acadamy Philosophizing with children" in 2010 in Vienna.


Stil von Uly Paya     emotion art
tendentialism   emotional style

cognition art     unique artworks
      humans      unique artworks

The painter Uly Paya is the founder of several different and independent styles since the 90s like "cognition art", "emotional art" or "tendentialism".  At moment the complete works of Uly consists of more than 520 listed artworks. In this "Catalogue Raisonné" there are plenty of unique artworks that cannot be classified into art history easily. The artist always refuses creating series only to establish salable artworks on the art market. So almost every painting is not only unique, it is also unique in its style and performance. Uly in his own words: "I am not constructing.....painting is my way of living".


Uly designed the "Arthouse Vienna" which was built in 1967 and enlarged in 2014. The new house presents seven artworks on the fassade. On the roof you can see the biggest cat in the world with a size of 140 square meters.
In the entry there is a big sculpture representing a "cognition carrier" also designed by Uly.


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Through the years many different catalogues of Ulys art has been made. Only his last catalogue is still available. It consists of 73 colour prints and costs 25 € (excl.shipping). Please contact us.


digital art:
Uly probably was one of the first digital artists who programmed art with the Commodore 64 in 1984. Later he took part in Europe exhibitions with his digital art e.g. in the Museumsquartier Vienna or in the headquarter of Hewlett Packard Vienna.

Since 1990 more than 40 sketch-books have been filled up with a lot of small and lovely sketches.

film cognitionfruits

Uly has been making different films for many years as a director and executive producer. Some films have been shown on different festivals. Now Uly creates his own art-films like "cognitionfruits" (click on the picture to see the film). He is also leading the artland film productions which is producing independent films.

The so called "cognitionball" is a very important symbol and also can be found in Ulys signature. "We are all here on earth to find cognitions and to develop our human being. This cognitions are symbolized with a ball that is carried in the hands. It is a symbol of value of cognitions that we find every day in every step in life."

Uly has been exhibiting in many gallerys and museums around the world, e.g:


"being human", expo, Villach, 1992
"hoovering at the beach", paintings and performance, RAIKA, Villach, 1994

Gallery "Manege", Red Square in Moscow, 1997-98

Franz Schubert Museum, Vienna

"Die Galerie", Vienna, big solo exhibition with 68 artworks, 2002

"MQ - museums quarter Vienna", international artists, with H.W.Franke, 2004

"HP Hewlett Packard Vienna", head quarter, 70 artworks, 2005

opening "Arthouse Vienna", with A. Tiller, 107 artworks, 2015


Uly Paya
A-1190 Vienna

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