Elmar Peintner is today among the Austria’s most internationally renowned contemporary artists. Invitations to exhibitions in Austria, Europe and further afield as well as awards won at international graphic art biennials in Belgium, Poland, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, the USA, Bulgaria, Sweden, Brazil and China confirm the continually growing reputation of this artist.
In all of his works Peintner shows himself to be a reflective observer of both man and nature, but also as an artist for whom drawing and painting always means challenging the established boundaries and look beyond the simple manifestation of man and nature. His “microcosmic examinations of shapes and forms” (Magdalena Hörmann) are always part of something bigger, which speaks of many general situations from life and personal experience, and yet his keenly observed and precisely reproduced analyses of human beings can also be seen as a metaphor for an ever changing nature. It isn’t so much the naturalistic depictions of nature that are at the forefront of his work, but rather the attempt to reach into the physical and emotional make-up of man through the realism of the microstructures of the vegetative state.
Dr. Günther Dankl
From: SICHTBARKEIT – UNSICHTBARKEIT – WIRKLICHKEIT (VISIBILITY - INVISIBILITY – REALITY), the Elmar Peintner catalogue.
Dr. Günther Dankl is curator of the Graphic Art Collections and the Collection of Modern Art at the Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum.
1954 born in Zams/Tyrol
1972 A-level examinations at Landeck Grammar School.
1972-1974 studied at the Pedagogical Academy in Zams.
1974-1979 studied in the Master Class of Professor Maximilian Melcher at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
1977 Golden Füger Award, Vienna
1979 Uitgeverij Danthe Award, Belgium
1979 Master Class Award, Vienna
Warded a foreign scholarship in Luxembourg by Austria’s Federal Ministry of Science, Research
and the Arts.
Maison des Artistes scholarship.
Guest student of Professor Tetsuya Noda at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
(GEIDEI),Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo. Master Class for traditional and contemporary japanese
1980 Polish National Museum Award at the 8th International Biennial of Graphic Art in Krakow
1981 1st Prize at the 11th International Biennial of Graphic Art in Sint Niklaas, Belgium
1982 1st Prize in the City of Innsbruck Art Award, Innsbruck
1984 Young Talent Award at the International Biennial of Graphic Art "Intergraphik 84", Berlin
1984 1st Prize at the II. European Triennial of Graphic Art, Grado
1989 Creditanstalt Award at "Fingerprints ‘89", Vienna
1992 IWA Foundation Award at the Biennial of Graphic Art in Ostrava-Havirov
1992 and 1993 Award winner at the International Exhibition of Graphic Art in the Napa Art Center, Napa,
1995 Gold Medal Winner at the 2nd International Exhibition of Graphic Art in Stockholm
2002 1st Prize at the IV. SACHA 2002, Chavantes, Sao Paulo
2004 1st Prize at the 3rd Biennial "Lilla Europa 2004", Hallsberg and Örebro, Sweden
2006 Decoration of Honour in Gold for services to the Republic of Austria
2008 Prize at the International Print Exhibition Yunnan 2008, Kunming, China
2009 Guanlan International Print Prize at the 2nd Guanlan International Print Biennial 2009, Guanlan-
2010 Participation in the Biennale in Beijing
Lives in Imst, Austria.
Numerous exhibitions at major galleries and museums both at home and abroad. Participation in Graphic Art Biennials and Triennials in Vienna, Cleveland, Krakow, Ljubljana, Heidelberg, Montevideo, Fredrikstad, Sint Niklaas, Berlin, Grado, Seoul, Lublin, Riva, Sapporo, Varna, Olofström, Majdanek, Chamaliers, Maastricht, Riga, Kanagawa, Ostrava – Havirov, Giza, Lahti, Bitola, Kochi, Budapest, Santos, Cluj, Athens, Sofia, Györ, Tetovo, Cairo, Sao Paulo, Fushun City,Caixa Ourense, Tokyo, Kunming, Guanlan-Shenzhen/Hongkong, Alexandria, Taichung, Penang, Beijing.