Leo Zogmayer

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Leo Zogmayer (born 1949, Krems an der Donau, Lower Austria) is an Austrian artist, living and working in Vienna and Krems. Between 1975 and 1981 he studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna at Herbert Tasquil´s master class. His preferred media are drawing, graphic arts, photography, computer drawings, painting and glass painting, sculpture (wood, iron, aluminium, concrete). Since the end of the Eighties, Zogmayer has created art projects that inhabit space in various architectural and urban contexts (New York; Vienna, St. Veit/Salzburg, St. Pölten/Austria; Sonnenhausen, Tübingen/Germany), bordering on design. He has made work for a number of liturgical places, e. g. in churches (Brussels/Belgium; Frankfurt, Bonn, Aschaffenburg/Germany; Graz, Innsbruck/Austria). Between 1998 und 2000 he led a class for aesthetics in space at the International Summer Academy at Topolcianky/Slovakia. Around 1990 Zogmayer came off the narrative, mimetic, and expressive components of his previous art, realised as painting, drawing, and prints. He then creates objects applied to the wall or set in a room, based on clear stereometric forms which he combines to site-specific installations. By the mid-Nineties he radicalised the reductive process in his works, his paintings become the site for words and texts. In his glass paintings single words or short sentences are left free-standing in a monochrome colour surface,alternatively, they are engraved in rectangular blocks and cylinders, objects made of aluminium or steel, as well as being realised as large-format installations in public spaces. Zogmayer´s art deals with different subjects, such as the aesthetic concept of the “beautiful”, its rehabilitation as well as its rejuvenation; furthermore he initiates intercultural discourses, addresses art and spirituality, and maintains a reductive and iconoclastic aesthetic.


  • 2010 Vienna, Museum of Modern Art Foundation Ludwig, Painting – Process and Expansion
  • 2006 Krems, Kunsthalle, Leo Zogmayer – beautiful
  • 2005 New Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademi, 11. Triennale India
  • 2002 Warsaw, National Museum, Semiotic Landscape
  • 2001 Vienna, Museum of Modern Art Foundation Ludwig, Discursive Painting
  • 2001 Marburg, Kunstverein, Leo Zogmayer – No Image
  • 2000 Bratislava, Galéria Medium, Leo Zogmayer – Space Colour Text
  • 1996 Rome, Palazzo Braschi, Austriaci a Roma
  • 1996 Essen, Museum Folkwang, Positions – Journeys to the Borders of Painting
  • 1991 Vienna, Museum of Modern Art Foundation Ludwig, Leo Zogmayer – Sculpture
  • 1991 Salzburg, Rupertinum, Leo Zogmayer – Sculpture
  • 1991 Essen, Museum Folkwang, Leo Zogmayer – Drawing / Sculpture

Public collections[edit]

  • Museum of Modern Art Foundation Ludwig, Vienna
  • Graphic Collection Albertina, Vienna
  • University of Applied Arts, Vienna
  • Museum of Modern, Salzburg
  • Lentos, Art Museum Linz
  • Landesmuseum of Lower Austria, St. Pölten
  • Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus
  • Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Hedendaagse Kunst, Utrecht
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
  • Espace de l'Art Concret, Mouans-Sartoux
  • Fonds d'art contemporain de la Ville de Genève
  • Museo de Bellas Artes, Santander


  • Erste Worte. Gedanken zu Leo Zogmayers Wortbildern. Karl Baier, in: Den Menschen im Blick. Phänomenologische Zugänge. Würzburg 2012

Vom Ausrahmen der Welt. Schauen als Ortsbezogenheit in der Kunst Leo Zogmayers. Dieter Willim. Unpublished dissertation, University Vienna 2010 Project Vienna. How to React to a City. Museum für Applied Arts. Vienna 2010

  • Leo Zogmayer, Is your journey really necessary? Galerie Vertice. Text: Fernando C. Flórez, Oviedo 2008
  • Leo Zogmayer, schön/beautiful. Kunsthalle Krems. Talk Leo Zogmayer, Tayfun Belgin. Krems 2006
  • Leo Zogmayer. Wort-Ding-Bild. Dombergmuseum Freising. Texte: Peter Steiner, K. Baier. Freising 2006
  • 11th Triennale India, The Austrian Contribution. Text: Carl Aigner. New Delhi 2005
  • Leo Zogmayer. Galerie Medium, Bratislava u. Museum of Modern Art, Passau. Texte: F.X. Baier, Mária Orisková. Bratislava 2000
  • Leo Zogmayer. Verknüpfende Trennungen. Text: Rainer Fuchs. Klagenfurt 1997
  • Positionen – Reisen an die Grenzen der Malerei. Museum Folkwang Essen. Essen 1996
  • Leo Zogmayer, Skulpturen. Museum moderner Kunst Wien, Rupertinum Salzburg und Museum Folkwang Essen. Texte: Gerhard Finckh, Lóránd Hegyi, *Henriette Horny, Dieter Ronte. Wien 1991
  • Leo Zogmayer, Zeichnungen 1986 - 1991. Museum Folkwang Essen. Texte: Hubertus Froning, Andrea Hofmann. Wien 1991


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