Hundertwasser Obit NPR's Edward Lifson reports that a renowned Austrian painter and architect known as Hundertwasser died over the weekend aboard the Queen Elizabeth the Second cruise ship. Hundertwasser began his career as a painter. He was known for his strong support of environmental causes. But he gained fame internationally as an architect. The artist is remembered for his disdain of straight lines and symmetry. His work was characterized by wavy lines and bright primary colors and the use of gardens and plants on rooftops. Hundertwasser was 71-years-old.