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Wolfgang Walkensteiner

1949 Austria

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  • About the Artist

Wolfgang Walkensteiner was born in Klagenfurt in 1949. From 1967 to 1968 he studied architecture with Norbert Schlesinger at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna, from 1968 to 1973 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna with Max Weiler. In 1974 he received the Austrian State Scholarship for Fine Arts.In his paintings between 1974 and 1975 Walkensteiner dealt intensively with Weiler's art. "Paintings like Morgenbaum, Im Dickicht, or Die Nacht des Baumes, like the watercolors floating in the white of the paper, adopt the thematic, as well as the painterly style, the artistic formal language of Weiler's characteristic landscape paintings." - Silvie Steiner [1] at the 37th Biennale in Venice was represented by Walkensteiner in 1976 with his painting "The Night of the Tree", Germany with the installation "Tram Stop / Tram Stop / Fermata del Tram" (1961-1976) by Joseph Beuys.Between 1976 and 1980 Walkensteiner devoted himself to installations and works that have a spatial reference. In the series "Interiors" (1977-1978), he still used the two-dimensional image surface, a year later object installations were created. "In addition to impressions from the examination of the art of Joseph Beuys' and Marcel Duchamps, these works also reflect on a gestural, actionist position." -Silvie Steiner [2] In 1980 he returned to painting. In his self-portraits of the series "Triangle, caput mortuum - a secret anatomy" Walkensteiner finally broke away from Weiler's formal language.The background of his figurative painting mostly remained solid until the mid-1990s. The figures stand out clearly from the background. At the end of the 1990s, the figures partially dissolve in the painting ground, the background is of more painterly interest.Walkensteiner has been a member of the Carinthian Art Association since 1972 and a member of the Society of Visual Artists in Vienna since 1994. From 2000 to 2002 he was a cultural advisory board for the fine arts of Carinthia. 2000 to 2009 Vice President of the Carinthian Art Association.As a tribute to the writer Gert Jonke, who died in 2009, Walkensteiner installed his work Der ferne Klang in the form of 9 panels in the Robert Musil Literature Museum in Klagenfurt.Walkensteiner lives and works in Vienna.

Works by Wolfgang Walkensteiner

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2020

150 x 100 cm

8200,00 €

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