freelance artist, lives and works in Vienna, born in 1959
Art and the exploration of the human condition are 2 important constants.
Life cannot be grasped in a linear fashion.
12 years of violin lessons from the age of 8, drawing, music and interest in human anatomy accompany adolescence
1978 Decision to study medicine, Parallel to this, further intensive dedication to various forms of visual art, especially painting and photography.
1982 to 1991 long formative stays in Italy (Florence and Apulia)
1984 first "Personale", solo exhibition "autunnale fiorentino" photography at the Galerie im Amerlinghaus, Kulturzentrum Spittelberg, Vienna
1985 Video film "Wiener Großstadtsommer" Funding by the BMUK
The confrontation with Italian Mannerist painting, the visit of an exhibition of Jean Tinguely in 1987 at Palazzo Grassi in Venice and the visit to the Museon Arlaten Folklore Museum in Arles influenced his painting for many years. Emergence of material collages, assemblages. Material becomes colour, the picture becomes an associative and haptic object, a kind of showcase, a self-developed encaustic technique gives the figures in the pictures plasticity. The theme of the works is man in his daily self-invention in mythical snapshots of longed-for physicality and sensuality.
1987 -1995 numerous exhibitions in the alternative Viennese art scene, among others: Gallery in Amerlinghaus, WUK, Gallery in Celeste, Cafe Willendorf
1991 completion of medical studies, doctorate as Dr. med.
1993 Opening of the gallery - Atelier PJ
1995 - 1999 Head of the creative group and co-therapist in the context of psychotherapy at the Vienna prison Favoriten (focus: drug addicts, alcoholics)
1999 Diploma in multimedia art therapy (ÖAGG), Diploma thesis: Physicality and sensuality in prison
From 1996 onwards, he produced body studies with pastel chalk on Standard newspaper sheets, in principle a shift in the associative work of the material collages from three-dimensional offset objects to the printed word.
Through the combination and composition of selected sheets and the development of his own collage technique, he creates multi-layered, readable images with spatial effects. At the same time, the use of three-dimensional material is greatly reduced in the panel paintings, the emphasis is on body and movement.
Exhibitions at home and abroad until 2005:
Palais Palffy, Galerie Retro, Kleiner Bischofshof, Galerie im Cafe Berg, Institute of Arts - Vienna, QuArt - art fair in the Graz Schauspielhaus, "Sextett" in the Kunststall Hatzenbach -NÖ, commissioned works for Hari's Cafe - Bar - Innsbruck, symposium and exhibition in Sinji Vrh - Slovenia, Kunst(b)handlung - Munich, Only Atelier - Vienna, European Forum Alpbach - Tyrol, Innenhofstudios - Vienna
2006 Decision to concentrate on his artistic work as a freelance artist independent of the usual exhibition business with regular vernissages and events in his own Atelier PJ:
2007 Early summer night studio party
2008 The little help gods, pre-spring festival
2009 Swan Lake, burst bubbles and the foundations of reason
2010 Ottobre, with his head in the storm
2011 A beautiful balance
2012 When peas smile and iron shavings dance
2013 A Midwinternight's Summerdream
2014 Vienna - Varanasi Express
2015 Gaps in the river
2016 Lost In Time
2017 Hot Springs, the trick called human dignity
2018 25 years studio PJ
2019 Dona nobis pacem, Eros and inner peace
Gallery - Atelier PJ
Otto Bauer – Gasse 14, 1060 VIENNA
Opening times: After tel. agreement
Telephon: +43 (0) 699 106 726 37
U3: Stop Zieglergasse
13A, 14A, 57A: Stop Esterhazygasse