The great artist Oswald Oberhuber, whose talents spanned painting, collage, sculpture, installation, and assemblage, has died at age 88. He has been a powerful force in the Austrian art world since the 1960s.
Born in 1931 in South Tyrol, Italy, Oswald represented Austria at the 1972 Venice Biennale and participated in Documenta 6 and 7 in 1977 and 1982, respectively. He also exhibited work at the 1983 Bienal de São Paulo and had solo shows at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao, the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Bozen, 21er Haus Vienna, and other international venues.
Among the prizes he received are the Vienna Fine Arts Prize, the Tyrolean State Arts Prize, and the Austrian State Prize.
His work incorporated abstraction, figuration, fashion, and furniture design, with a strong emphasis on formal inquiries into the nature of shapes and lines. After he moved to Austria in 1940, he created bronze and plaster sculptures. He later developed the “Principle of Permanent Change in Art,” which paid homage to ideas pioneered by Leon Trotsky about art and revolution.
The SJE Group celebrates the life of Oswald Oberhuber.