Katherina Olschbaur



Katherina Olschbaur (b. 1983) comes from Bregenz, Austria, and lives and works between Vienna and Los Angeles. Olschbaur conjures seductive forms through an artistic lens reminiscent of Surrealism and her work is characterized by smooth washes of neon-like color. To say that she leaves sketches behind in her paintings would be incorrect, because the sketch-like drawing lines are part of a very intentional result that visually depends on them. Olschbaur studied Painting, Animation Film, and Stage Design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Her work has been exhibited in Austria, Greece, Italy, China and the USA. The metamorphosis of figures and materialities – simultaneously creation, fusing and disbanding – is a fundamental aspect of her work. Olschbaur’s works have been exhibited in Austria, Greece, Italy, China and the USA.

Permanent collections:
CC Foundation Collection (China)
Collection Belvedere Museum (Austria)
Collection of the City of Vienna (Austria)
Collection of the County of Vorarlberg (Austria)
Collection Oskar Kokoschka Centre, University of Applied Arts Vienna (Austria)
Collection Angerlehner (Austria)
Private Collections in Austria, Germany, Greece, China, Turkey, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.

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Solo Exhibitions


Dirty Elements, Contemporary Arts Center Gallery, Irvine (USA)


The Divine Hermaphrodite, GNYP Gallery, Berlin (Germany)


Deep Cuts, PØST, Los Angeles (USA)

WILDE REITER, OOF Books, Los Angeles (USA)

Horses, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)


Haunted by Strokes, Galerie Werkstadt Graz, Graz (Austria)


The Opening, Brick 5 Theater, Vienna (Austria)


Über Malerei – Solo exhibition and lecture series, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Austria)


Wicked Walls, MUSA - Museum on Demand, Vienna (Austria)

Schatten und Wirbel, Museum Spoerri, Hadersdorf am Kamp (Austria)

Into deeper lands – at open sea, Magazin Vienna (Austria)


Unsichere Räume, Kunstraum Praterstraße 15, Vienna (Austria)


Yussuf/Cermak (with Lorenz Helfer), Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz (Austria)

Group Exhibitions


2019 Prize Kardinal König Exhibition, Kunstraum St Virgil, Salzburg (Austria)

Our Lady of the Flowers, Nicodim Gallery, Bucharest (Romania)

Goddess in Practice, Kunstraum Retz, Retz (Austria)

Everlasting Light, Tim Nolas, Vienna (Austria)


SEED, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (USA)

BioPerversity, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)

Formal Encounters, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest (Romania)

Soft Bodies, Werkartz, Los Angeles (USA)


Moi non Moi – Carrying Owls to Athens, Wiener Artfoundation, 77B Kallirrois, Athens (Greece)

Pictures of Nothing, PG Art Gallery, Istanbul (Turkey)

A Painters Table, Blackbridge OFF Space, Beijing (China)

GalerieM, Galerie Z, Hard (Austria)


Summer in the City at Galerie Christine König, Vienna (Austria)

Presentation with Christine König Gallery, Artissima, Turino (Italy)

Presentation with Christine König Gallery, Vienna Contemporary (Austria)

Featured Artist, Art Bodensee Fair at Dornbirn (Austria)

Paper doesn ́t blush, Αισχύλου 31, Ψυρρή, Athens (Greece)

Parallel United, Artfoundation, Vienna (Austria)

Von Tangenten und Passanten (with Luisa Kasalicky), LLLLL Space, Vienna (Austria)

Young Art Auction, 21er Haus, Vienna (Austria)


Mujeras Alcanzando la Luz, Casa Museo del Banco Nacional, Panama City (Panama)

Buchstabenfest, Zollamt Bad Radkersburg, Bad Radkersburg (Austria)

The Katharsis Show, Vienna Art Foundation, Vienna (Austria)

Colour Value, Büro Weltausstellung, Vienna (Austria)

PONG! - Teil 2 (with Olivia Kaiser), Kunstraum am Schauplatz, Vienna (Austria)


Anton Faistauer Prize for Painting, Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg (Austria)

Die große Illusion, Atelier Steinbrener/ Dempf, Vienna (Austria)

Parallelwelten, Galerie Gerersdorfer, Vienna (Austria)

Hier und Jetzt, Habsburgerwohnung, Vienna (Austria)


Triangel, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz (Austria)

Dada Restaurant, Art Athina, Independent Platform, Athens (Greece)

Picture Show, Alabama Sir Raum, Leipzig (Germany)

If sport is the brother of labour, then art is the cousin of unemployment, Camp Art Space, Athens (Greece)

Dickicht (with Matthias Buch), Vienna Art Foundation – Büro Weltausstellung, Vienna (Austria)

21 Posters by 21 Artists, Magazin Vienna, Vienna (Austria)

Wie weit willst Du gehen?, pinacoteca, Vienna (Austria)


Magic Bus, Museum Gironcoli, St. Johann bei Herberstein (Austria)

Abstraktion und Subtraktion, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna (Austria)

Predicting Memories, Vienna Art Week, K.K. Telegraphenamt, Vienna (Austria)

Paliano, Palais Liechtenstein, Feldkirch (Austria)

Up and Down and Up, VBKÖ, Vienna (Austria)


Symbiosis - XV Biennale de la Mediterranée, Thessaloniki (Greece)

From erewhon to who knows when…, Kunstverein Schattendorf (Austria)

Before the movies the paintings were like the movies, moe, Vienna (Austria)

On Steep Waves, ReMap 3, Athens (Greece)


Sweet Anticipation, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (Austria)

Nachbilder, Galerie Elisabeth Michitsch, Vienna (Austria)

Und immer fehlt mir etwas und das quält mich, Kunstgruppe Köln (Germany)

Neue malerische Positionen, Galerie Lukas Feichtner, Vienna (Austria)

MAL X, Kunstraum Goethestraße, Linz (Austria)

Unsichere Räume at Kunstraum flat 1, Vienna (Austria)


Reden ist Silber Zeigen ist Gold, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin (Germany)

Games, Kunsthalle Karlsplatz, Vienna (Austria)



Red Gate Gallery, Bejing (China)


Annexes Bourglingster, Luxemburg 2015 CCA Andratx, Mallorca (Spain)


Hospiz Hotel Residency Arlberg 2009 Paliano, Rome (Italy)