Graphic arts

Damisch Gunter

Steyr *1958 - †2016 Wien

Of central importance for the work of Gunter Damisch is the drawing. "Drawing", says the artist, "is not only the medium in which I can express myself most directly, it is elementary and the motor of my entire work, in it my thought and work processes are documented, here one can feel the further development most strongly, it represents an inner core within my work".

Damisch, whose work has been honored with numerous awards, studied with Max Melcher and Arnulf Rainer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 1978 to 1985. He became known in the 1980s as part of the Neue Wilden, a loose group of young artists who reacted to the previously announced death of painting with their expressive and colorful paintings. In his extensive oeuvre, Damisch, who had been a professor of graphic art and printmaking techniques at the Academy of Fine Arts since 1992, created an individual iconography and mythology in the border area between figuration and abstraction.

Gunter Damisch has lived and worked in Vienna and Freidegg, Lower Austria.