Vienna *1929 - †2008 Vienna
The Viennese painter Josef Mikl passes for one of the most important artists of the Austrian Informel. The central theme of his work is the human figure, which he paints abstract and preferably in bright shades of orange, yellow and red. Drawings also are important within Mikl’s oeuvre.
Josef Mikl studied at the „Höhere Graphische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt“/Higher School for Graphics in Vienna and from 1948 to 1955 at the Academy of Fine Arts with Josef Dobrowsky.
Mikl was member of the legendary “Wiener Art Club”/Vienna Art Club, besides Maria Lassnig and Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The club was closed 1955. One year later Mikl was co-founder of the artist-group “Galerie Nächst St. Stephan”. Other members were Wolfgang Hollegha, Markus Prachensky and Arnulf Rainer. 1968 Josef Mikl represented Austria at the Venice Biennale, 1977 he took part in Documenta 6 in Kassel. 1969 he became a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Where he taught until his retirement in 1997.
The big Redoutensaal of the Wiener Hofburg that was destroyed by a fire in 1992 was redesigned by Josef Mikl with a ceiling painting and 22 separate paintings.