Interview: Christina Mitterhuber
Luca Curci talks with Christina Mitterhuber during MIXING IDENTITIES, third appointment of CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space in London.
Christina Mitterhuber was born on 29 December 1975 in Wels, Austria. She lives and works as a painter mainly in Vienna, Austria, where she has her roof terrace studio with a beautiful view overlooking the city of Vienna! Since her early childhood – Christina has painted her first oil painting at the age of twelve years – Mitterhuber has painted over 1000 oil paintings and mixed media on canvas in various sizes, before she held her first exhibition in Vienna in 2018. Christina is a self-taught painter and has studied, worked and lived not just in Europe but also in North America and Australia for some years. She has studied during countless museum and gallery visits around the world. Her favourite painters are the old masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffael, Picasso or Monet among others. Some of her favorite museums are “The Met – The Metropolitan Museum of Art” in New York City and “Musée d’Orsay” in Paris. Christina did show her paintings to the public until 2018. She held her first exhibition in one of the best galleries in Vienna and since then she has participated at more than 20 exhibitions and International Art Fairs in Austria, Italy, Germany and Spain. Looking back, she feels happy about her decision to wait until she felt ready to show her work to the public. Christina Mitterhuber also likes to paint series like “WE in red”, which consists of 58 paintings so far and was inspired by one of Frederic Chopin’s Nocturnes. Other serieses of hers are “Shades of red”, “Violett”, “Views”, “Eisrosen” or “Aqua touch”. Christina Mitterhuber has already been selected to the Biennale of Rome 2020, at the International Art Fair in Messina 2019. She will continue to exhibit her paintings in 2020/21 by participating at International Art Fairs in Venice, Luxembourg, Cannes, Miami, Innsbruck and NYC…
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Christina Mitterhuber – If enjoyed in each and every moment, it makes life more beautiful.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
CM – Oh, you are asking about my cooking receipt – well that´s my secret!
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it like your medium of expression?
CM – YES! I express myself / my life mostly. What I feel, what I think, what is important to me. It is.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
CM – It´s not so much the creation, which is challenging, it´s more the living through it.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
CM – An artist has a voice, people want to listen to, if the artist is lucky. An artist can tell the truth. And it can be understood and loved by people.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
CM – My painting “Bubble gum mentality”, 2020 is a mixed media painting, oil, pigments and pearl on canvas. It is supposed to be a funny painting. I wanted to send something to London, which makes people feel loose or an ease. I wanted to let them forget for a moment hard times. In this years 2020 and 2021 we need to have something delighting around us. Sometimes people meet and they feel like in a big bubble, they are not aware of anything else around them or what´s going on outside this bubble. These are special moments in our life. They show us the magic. They show us, that god exists. These are sweet moments. I can remember moments like that, from 30 years back. These moments stay with me, even if everything else got lost. In fact, I think to have the gift of humor to create a funny painting is a gift of the heart not the head.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
CM – I totally agree with it and I think the theme of the festival is marvellous.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
CM – This is so great. Everything is so professional. I like it very much.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
CM – YES! I did!
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
CM – YES!! BEST SERVICE! THANK YOU!