Born 1955 in Austria. Living in France, Italy and Austria
During his studies at the Academy of Visual Arts in Vienna, Artberg made an early impression with his original and playful objects and through his sensitive understanding of the artistic concept Happenings. In his first exhibition in the Wiener Secession, he exhibited works and experiments using his painting machine - which had no controls. It was something like a protest against the idea The recipe is the concept. It was obviously aimed at the prevailing art trends which, through conceptualisation and intellectual self-satisfaction, were running the risk of becoming boring and of losing their sensual playfulness.Sensitive criticism, the fight against monotony and attempts to keep open other options became the fundamental philosophy in Artbergs creations. It seems that an unfailing pleading for fantasy and the pure joy of experience make this fight more justified than ever. He is a vehement advocate of a middle way - a humane way. But by this Artberg understands anything but mediocrity; much more are tolerance and an open mind implied. Like him, I also believe that it is ludicrous, after 100 years of the liberation of art from its intellectual constraints, to still try and portray any style and movement as the real truthor appropriate to a particular time. Instead of denouncing this diversity, one should become aware of it and consider it as a present. This is what Artberg does and by means of his own distinctive characteristics, he tries to work in various directions and to blend apparent opposites. In my opinion, the last thing that we need in the present day are specialists with a limited range of vision - not amongst artists either. More important than ever are individualists, creative lateral thinkers and people who try in an unconventional manner to present possible reference points to the meaning of our uncertain existence, in order to create an alternative to an ever-spreading lack of indentity and spiritual dullness.Artbergs objects, pictures and drawings have a broad spectrum. His works are original and difficult, if not impossible, to classify. His painting skills and craftsmanship are astonishing and remind one sometimes of the technical perfection of the old masters - particularly in his egg tempera pictures. Artberg loves the colour. He painstakingly makes the colours himself and thus acquires a special relation to them. His ability graphically and his distinctive feeling for colour together form an extroadinary symbiosis. Artberg is a self-made man, constructing everything himself down to the smallest detail. He builds, prints lithographs in his workshop, makes catalogues and books. Lacking a competent journalist he goes so far as to often write his own reviews, which he signs under a pseudonym. Through his uncompromising actions and critical statements, which he expresses regardless of person or institution, Artberg doesnt only win friends! For example, after some newspaper journalists had made incorrect and incompetent remarks, he presented them with a glass jar containing a pigs brain preserved in formalin, with the inscription Please use. On another occasion, after several unsuccessful applications for an overseas scholarship, he presented to the Ministry a sarcastic request covering 100 years! For years, Artberg has been living the life of a a hermit abroad and works there uninfluenced by the passage of time and fashionable trends on the cultural scene. He spent almost 10 years in France and since 1994 has worked predominantly in New Zealand and in a mountain village in Liguria. Wherever he is, he withdraws as much as possible from civilization.A tireless campaigner against a mafia culture and museum lobbies, Artberg, with his individuality constitutes an important opposite pole to increasingly conformist art. Unfortunately, one meets fewer and fewer of these FREE artists. P.G. 1999…Read More
Prize of the masterclass at the Academie of fine arts in ViennaPrizes at the 19th and 20th international graphic-competition of Austria
Art-presentations and artactivities in New-Zealand, Italy, Germany and Austria.
Collections of Artberg-paintings:
Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Peter Pongratz, Wiener Secession, Albertina Wien, Landesmuseum Tirol, Tone Fink,Bundesministerium für Unterricht und Kunst, LKH-Innsbruck,Tiroler Landesregierung. .....
Exhibitions: (This is a selection)
2011 Shu Ogawara Museum of art (Jp) 3D-stereo-sketchings
2008 Shu Ogawara Museum of art (Jp)-paintings
2005 "Visual Poesie" Museum Ferdinandeum (Innsbruck
2004 "Urupukapuka Clay-Painings"New-Zealand 2004
2002 Digital Grafics
2001 Gallery Andechs (Innsbruck)16th may to 8th june
2001 Galleriy Bludenz 5th mai to 15th june 2001
2000 "Visual Poesie"
1999/2000 "Back to the roots" - Realdo/Italy1999Newbury (UK), "signs"
1999 Studio in England1998/99Bushcamp in New-Zealand1998Icons(Italy/France)1996/97 Three month at theIsland UrupukapukaNew-Zealand
1996 Main Post Office Graz:"Artberg Stamp"Presentation
1996 Auckland, "The mystery of trees" New-Zealand
1994/95 Six month at the bush in New-Zealand
1993/94 "Noise Protection Wall Kramsach-South"750 m length created and realised.
1990 Kulturhaus Graz "Contrasts" Steirischer Herbst 1990
1987 Tyrolean Art Pavillion "Journey to Planetoplan"
1987 Traklhaus-Salzburg, Tiroler Kunstpavillion-InnsbruckJourney to Planetoplan 1985 "Manipulation Machine 85"
1984 Fantasic Adventure, Demonstration Part 2"With Angel, Devil and Me"
1984 "Residential Cloud"
1983 Fantasic Adventure, Demonstration Part 1
1982 Wiener FestwochenNoahs Ark or Planting the Sky
1981 Wiener Secession:Experiments with the Painting Machine"Visual concert"
1980 By Garbage Raft from Tyrol to Vienna,…Read More
1977-1981 Masterclass of Gustav Hessing free painting at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Wien, Schillerplatz 3 (Academie of fine arts in Vienna).