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Art Nouveau Taipei 2023 (Artist Interview - Kurt Stimmeder, Austria)

Kurt Stimmeder


Kurt Stimmeder started his career as a visual artist in 2008. Stimmeder uses realistic oil painting, color-intensive acrylic work and charming miniatures in black and white. With technical mastery of color, he combines natural aesthetics with flowing interpretation. Kurt Stimmeder’s works touch, subtly stimulate thought and skillfully change the atmosphere in the room – the work of art grants the viewer a deep look into the psyche of the object – the invisible becomes visible in lines and colors.



I have been involved with various forms of creative expression since my early years. From my youth until my thirties, music was an essential means of expression. My interest in visual and graphic design was already expressed in the 1990s in the form of designing websites or a music magazine.

An experiment in 2008 finally led me to painting, in which I followed the idea of a fortune teller who told me that I could paint out of sheer curiosity. Thanks to this curious beginning, I developed a passion and fascination for the mysteries of the unknown and the mysteries of the unknown and the invisible and abstract worlds of human existence and their visualization.


Both my approaches and my technique are constantly changing. I started out with large-format, alla prima painting, straddling the colors. gradually, the formats became somewhat smaller and I began to paint in layers and glazes. The colorfulness continues to play an important role, but now has a more accentuating effect and forms a contrast to the flat, often spaceless backgrounds.


For me, the process of creating each painting is essential. Since my early years, I have always worked with models in system constellations, as they are also used in psychotherapy. I choose characters, e.g. from mythological stories, and try to find people who can take on this role. Then I give them a plot or sometimes just a key part of the story and bring them into a room together. In this way, scenarios develop in which the characters begin to interact with each other independently. In this fluid process, exciting situations arise again and again, which I often use as a starting point for my works. Since 2018, I have also increasingly devoted myself to studies in European and international museums.


The influences of various subject areas and impressions also continue on a thematic level. I am interested in all types of painting, but especially those of the 14th to 17th centuries as well as historical painting of the 19th and early 20th centuries. I have a particular love for Italian Renaissance and Baroque painting, which develops an immense attraction in any exhibition due to its atmosphere and effect. These impressions mingle with my interest in Greek mythology, psychology and philosophy to form the content of my paintings. The focus is on human existence in all its facets. Through my methods, I try to produce universally valid images in relation to recurring themes of humanity that have lost none of their topicality. With these approaches, I create timeless depictions that are anchored in classical painting in terms of technique and aesthetics, but always build a bridge to the 21st century through elements of content.

Written by Kurt Stimmeder

Selected Exhibitions


Arte Genova / Genova / Italy
The Holy Art Gallery / London / UK
MKG / Annual exhibition / Münchner Künstlerhaus / Munich / Germany
Galerie Dumas Hors des Murs / 59 Rivoli / Paris / France
Art Revolution Taipei / International Artist Grand Price Competition / World Trade Center, Hall 1, Taiwan
Artnumber23 / Design Fiesta Gallery / Tokyo,Japan


Finale MOHO International Art Talent Price / Arte Padova / Italy
Galerie Dumas / “All about skin” / Linz / Austria
A.R.T. Taipei / International Artist Grand Prize Competition / Taiwan
ARTEXPO NEW YORK 2023 / Manhattan / New York / USA


Grimandi Art Gallery / Manhattan / New York / USA
Art Basel Miami Week / Aqua Art Miami / Miami Beach / USA
Biennale Chianciano 2022 / Tuscany / Italy
MKG – Jahresausstellung / Münchner Künstlerhaus / Munich
Affordable Art Fair / Battersea Park / London / UK
International Contest of Contemporary Art – Luciana Matalon Foundation / Milan / Italy


Art Basel Miami Week/ Red Dot – Best International Exhibitor / USA
London Art Biennale / Chelsea Old Town Hall / UK


Galerie 3 KW, St. Martin im Mkr – Solo exhibtion


Das Rund / Wien
Attersee Perspektiven / Artist in Residence


Galerie Thiele, Linz – “The Jumping Ball” – Solo exhibition


Upper Austria – Art Fair – Linz / State Gallery
Galerie Thiele, Linz – “Jaja, der Sommer der ist da” – Group exhibition


Galerie Thiele, Linz – “Wir lieben Kunst, 4 junge Positionen”- Group exhibition
Eventloft, Linz “Oh it’s a Duško!” – Solo exhibition



Best Art Award 2023 – Category Portrait – Silikon Valley/USA


Faces & Features (i.e., Portrait) Contest Award from Gallery 4%- San Francisco/USA


Red Dot Miami – Best International Exhibiter with Gabriel Fine Arts – London


1989 – 2004

Musician – double bass player in various bands

1999 – 2001

Publisher of the satire music journal “Big – M”

2008 – currently freelance artist – painting – full-time since 2017