Martina Schettina

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Martina Schettina
Martina Schettina in her studio in Langenzersdorf, Austria, photographed by Rene Prohaska, 2008.
Born (1961-03-07) 7 March 1961 (age 62)
Known forPainting
Painting Orange Dress by Martina Schettina
Painting Pentagram by Martina Schettina
Martina Schettina: Fibonaccis Dream, 2008, 40 x 40 cm
Martina Schettina: Knitted Endlessness, 2008, 50 x 50 cm
Schettina with her rolling painting "The Sun" in Vienna
Art performance in Vienna in front of the Kunsthistorisches Museum
Atelier Martina Schettina

Martina Schettina (born 1961) is an Austrian artist. The main part of her work is Mathematical art.


Martina Schettina was born in 1961 in the district Währing in Vienna. Her father was a mathematician. She spent her childhood in the Viennese district of Leopoldstadt, where she attended a primary school in Parzmanitengasse and the grammar school Bundesrealgymnasium Vereinsgasse, where she passed school leaving examination with honour in 1979.

From 1979 to 1983, Schettina studied mathematics and physics at the University of Vienna and was an autodidact in painting. In 1989 she established her atelier in Langenzersdorf near Vienna and since 1992 has had exhibitions in Europe, the US and Asia.

She studied at the Summer Art school Geras with some famous Austrian painters. These were 1993 Ulrich Gansert, 1994 Peter Sengl and 1995 Hubert Aratym. She also studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. In 2007 and 2008 she worked with the Chinese Artist Xiaolan Huangpu. Schettina taught from 1984 to 2007 at a high school in Vienna. Since 2008 her paintings have been periodically published in the newspaper Kronen Zeitung on Sundays. Sometimes her paintings are printed in the newspaper Kleine Zeitung.

Schettina finished teaching in 2007. She works and lives in Langenzersdorf, Lower Austria, and also works in Vienna.

Since 1992 her artworks have been shown in Austrian and international exhibitions. Her first single exhibition outside Austria was in 1999 at the Mots & Tableaux-Gallery in Brussels. Her paintings and sculptures has been shown in many exhibitions in museums and galleries in Europe, the US and Asia and were shown at art fairs such as Art Expo New York City, Art Vilnius, CIGE (China international gallery exposition) in Beijing and at Art Shanghai.


In her narrative and figurative work, Schettina concerns herself with the position of women in the community. She challenges the validation of the role models of men and women in the past and today. Because her bodies seem to be transparent, Schettina is called the painter with the glassy hand. Her work is influenced by Pop-Art. Her painting "Orange Dress", which shows a self-confident, modern woman, was shown on the poster of the 2009 exhibition "City. Country. Woman." in Museum of the City Krems, Austria. From 2008, Schettina has dealt with mathematical themes, which she transforms to paintings.[1][2] In December 2009 the book Mathemagische Bilder containing paintings and essays was published in Vienna.[3] Schettina also shows performances about mathematics, which are illustrated by her paintings.

  • Mathematics- Logic and painting - emotion complete each other in Schettinas work and can be understood as a search for harmony and beauty, as well as a solution for basic questions, in both matters, meant in an all-embracing way.

    — Angelica Bäumer in "Mathemagische Bilder - Bilder und Texte", published by Vernissage Verlag Brod Media, Vienna 2009, ISBN 978-3-200-01743-6, p.52
  • Original:

    Mathematik - Logik und Malerei - Emotion ergänzen einander in Schettinas Arbeit und lassen sich verstehen als Suche nach Harmonie und Schönheit, sowie als Lösung von grundsätzlichen Fragen, im einen wie im anderen Metier, jeweils in umfassendem Sinn gemeint.

    — Angelica Bäumer in Martina Schettina: Mathemagische Bilder


  • 1994 Poster contest of the Austrian Ministry of Environment, special prize
  • 1998 "The new champions", offspring contest of the Vienna cultural network. (Today Basis.Kultur.Wien[4]
  • 2001 1st prize at ARTforum-contest October 2006
  • 2002: registered in Archives on Women Artists of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC.
  • 2006 gold medal of honour for Science and Art, Austrian Albert Schweitzer Society[5][6][7]
  • 2009 "artist of the month July 2009" elected by the editorial department of "Kunstforum"[8]

Single exhibitions[edit]

Group exhibitions[edit]

Exhibition at the Winter Palace, Belvedere Wien, 2015 with 161 artists, architects, designers "Vienna For Art's Sake !'" Each painting on a single stick.



  • 1994: Catalogue Schettina
  • 2002: Bewegte(s) Leben: Frauenbiografien aus dem Weinviertel by Gabi Lempradl and Hermann Richter, published by Bibliothek der Provinz. One of 14 Women-Biographies ISBN 3-85252-533-0
  • 2002: Catalogue: mARTina schettina, Magierbilder 2002 published by Eisl and friends, ISBN 3-9501524-2-3
  • 2003 Keine Katze wie Du und ich von Erne Seder, publishing house Langen-Müller-Herbig München; Illustrations and Cover, ISBN 3-7844-2930-0
  • 2006: Catalogue zweitausendsechs. published by Eisl and friends, Atelier mARTina schettina Langenzersdorf, 2006,
  • 2007: Linz 2007. Exhibition catalogue. Digital print Linz, Gallery ARTpark Lenaupark City Linz.
  • 2008: Wein, Weib und Gesang. Poetry. Paintings by Martina Schettina, poems by Michaela Gansterer. published by Michaela Gansterer, Hainburg.
  • Art-encyclopedia Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz 20. edition; No: 207599-2; K. G. Saur Verlag,
  • 2009: Martina Schettina: Mathemagische Bilder - Bilder und Texte. Vernissage Edition Brod Media, Vienna 2009, ISBN 978-3-200-01743-6 (in German).
  • 2010: Martina Schettina: Mathematische Bilder. Catalogue attending the exhibition in Schiele Museum Tulln. Publisher: Vernissage Verlag Brod Media GmbH Vienna.
  • 2012: Martina Schettina: Location BOOK. Genuss, Kultur & Lifestyle: Wiens Grätzl mit Prominenten entdeckt. German: ISBN 978-3-99015-021-4
  • 2012: Location Book. Pleasure, Culture & Lifestyle: Discovering Vienna´s Grätzl with prominent guides, English. ISBN 978-3-99015-022-1. Publisher: Bohmann-Verlag 2012.
  • 2014 * "Vienna For Art's Sake ! Archive Austria / Contemporary Art. curated by Peter Noever", 161 artists, architects, designers. Publisher: FABRICA, imago mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection, Italy, 2014. 381 pages. ISBN 978-88-98764-06-8


Works in the private HMZ collection Spielfeld, Austria and the collection Helmut Klewan Munich/Vienna. Sculptures are found in Skulpturenpark Artpark Linz and in the public space of Poysdorf. Artwork by Martina Schettina is also preserved the Museum of Lower Austria, the Weinstadtmuseums Krems, the Hanak-Museum in Langenzersdorf, the Oskar Kokoschka-Museum in Pöchlarn and the collection of the city of Vienna.


  1. ^ Article in MU - Der Mathematikunterricht "Mathematik und Kunst" Jg 55 - Heft 2 - April 2009 - Friedrich Verlag, Herausgeber Stefan Deschauer TU Dresden ISSN-Nr. 0025-5807 (in German)
  2. ^ "Fibonacci-Zahlen in Bildender Kunst und Literatur" von Ingmar Lehmann (retrieved 7 November 2009)
  3. ^ ORF Ö1 Leporello February 22 2010 Archived 2011-06-05 at the Wayback Machine (retrieved 24 February 2010).
  4. ^ Ringgalerie Archived 2009-05-31 at the Wayback Machine and Erläuterung zum Wiener Volksbildungswerk Archived 2009-06-03 at the Wayback Machine. (retrieved 8 June 2009)
  5. ^ award ceremony
  6. ^ Decorationes of the OeASG
  7. ^ OeASG Austrian Albert Schweitzer Society
  8. ^ Kunstforum Austria Archived 2019-09-17 at the Wayback Machine (in German) (retrieved 3 July 2009)
  9. ^ Martina Schettina - Zweitausendsex (retrieved 17 June 2009)
  10. ^ Austrian Cultural Forum Paris Archived 2008-04-05 at the Wayback Machine (retrieved 29 June 2009)
  11. ^ Martina Schettina: "Magic People. Magic Spaces" from March 1st-24th 2008 in Kokoschka-Haus, Pöchlarn Lower Austria. See also: Ausstellungen im Kokoschka-Haus Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine In: "Pöchlarn Aktuell" March 2008, p. 20.
  12. ^ Austrian Cultural Forum Paris Archived 2008-04-04 at the Wayback Machine (retrieved 29 June 2009)
  13. ^ mARTina Schettina - Stadt.Land.Frau Archived 2009-06-03 at the Wayback Machine, from June 5 to July 26, 2009, Gallery 1st floor in City Museum Krems. (retrieved 4 June 2009)
  14. ^ About the exhibition, interview on Radio Ö1 (retrieved 23 May 2010)
  15. ^ Franz Müllner: 120 Years Egon Schiele, 20 Years Egon-Schiele-Museum: Special Exhibition. Official press release by the City of Tulln, published in Kunstaspekte (retrieved 5 October 2010) (in German)
  16. ^ Ausstellungsbrücke auf Kunstaspekte(in German) (retrieved 10 November 2011)
  17. ^ Ausstellung Martina Schettina im Minoritenkloster Tulln Archived 2014-12-30 at the Wayback Machine (retrieved 29 December 2014)(in German)
  18. ^ APA Ausstellungen, Museen und Kunst im öffentlichen Raum - Vom Museum Gugging bis zum Landesmuseum Niederösterreich, retrieved 21 Jananury 2016 (in German)
  19. ^ Vinspirace Breclav 2006 [1] Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine catalogue page 19
  20. ^ Europe and Asia Today 7 September - April 10 2008 "Europe and Asia Today". 4 October 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-07-18. ARTcenter Berlin (retrieved 7 June 2009)
  21. ^ 100 Hours of Astronomy in Vienna [2] (retrieved 13 June 2009)
  22. ^ May 2009 TV ORF Österreichischer Rundfunk Magyarok(Hungarian)[3] Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine (retrieved 13 June 2009)
  23. ^ Art curator Prof. Dr. Raminta Jurenaite about ART Vilnius '09 (retrieved 8 July)
  24. ^ Press release Art Vilnius 09 (retrieved 8 July 2009)
  25. ^ Stardust in Ars Electronica Center Linz Archived 2009-08-03 at the Wayback Machine(in German)
  26. ^ Aesthetica magazine online (retrieved 14 December 2009)
  27. ^ Rolling Stars and Planets am Kulturserver Graz Archived 2012-03-01 at the Wayback Machine (retrieved 11 April 2010)
  28. ^ offizielle Ankündigung der Stadt Wien (retrieved 23 October 2010)
  29. ^ Official Website of Fondazione Giorgio Cini
  30. ^ Luciano Benetton Imago Mundi at the Pratt Institute, WWD, May 29th, 2016.
  31. ^ 100 Stunden Astronomie in Wien [4] (retrieved June 13, 2009)
  32. ^ May 2007 Report in TV ORF Österreichischer Rundfunk Magyarok(Hungarian)[5] Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine (retrieved 13 June 2009)
  33. ^ Preview on the Website of DHM (German Historical Museum)
  34. ^ Website of the university, German Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine (retrieved 28 November 2010)
  35. ^ Offizielle Ankündigung der HFG Karlsruhe Archived 2012-03-15 at the Wayback Machine (retrieved 27 October 2010)
  36. ^ Programmheft des Planetariums Nürnberg Seite 13 Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine (PDF; 5,3 MB), retrieved 25 April 2013.
  37. ^ [documentation film in Schau TV, during Schau aktuell September 26, 2013] (retrieved 21 October 2013)
  38. ^ Three days Symposium Formwerdung und Formstörung
  39. ^ Exhibition and Performance Martina Schettina in Minoritenkloster Tulln (reccalled Jan 21, 2016)

External links[edit]

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