Hubert Scheibl

1952 Gmunden

Hubert Scheibl completed his studies under Max Weiler and Arnulf Rainer at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts in 1981. In the 1980s he was one of the Austrian “Neue Wilde”, who paved the way for a new conception of painting with large-format pictures and an immediate, individual style. From the beginning, Scheibl went the way of abstraction - similar to Hubert Damisch, Herbert Brandl or Otto Zitko - and not the way of the representational art like Hubert Schmalix, Siegfried Anzinger or Alois Mosbacher. Participations such as those in the São Paulo Biennial in 1985, in the legendary exhibition "Hacken im Eis" at the Museum of the 20th Century in Vienna in 1986 or at the Venice Biennial in 1988 made Scheibl a household name to a wider public. Today he is one of the most important representatives of abstract painting in Austria. Already from the mid-1980s Scheibl's painting shows tendencies towards monochromy. Over the years, cracks and roughness in the layers of paint intensify and allow what lies beneath to shimmer through more and more. For Scheibl, painting is the result of an intensely creative process. He creates new spaces and spheres that exist only within painting and are not images of an existing reality or abstractions of nature. Paintings become extensions of the visible world and open up new dimensions of perception. Extensive solo exhibitions of his work took place in 2016 at the Belvedere and in 2021 at the Albertina in Vienna.


Exhib.-cat. "Hubert Scheibl, Seeds of Time", Albertina Vienna, 2021