Interview: Christina Mitterhuber
Luca Curci talks with Christina Mitterhuber during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Christina Mitterhuber (b. 1975) is an Austrian painter (oil paintings, acrylic paintings, mixed media on canvas in various sizes). She studied by herself since childhood and she made the first painting when she was twelve-years-old. Her favorite painters and sculptors are Michelangelo, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Raffael, Rodin and many others. She degreed in Professional make-up art from Vienna University in 2001 and she lived in Vancouver (CA) from then to 2003 and in Melbourne (AU) from 2007 to 2010. Now she lives in Vienna.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Christina Mitterhuber – Art is a hymn to humanity. It’s dynamics, charisma, hyperactivity, calm, relaxation, confidence, shyness, dignity, pride, authenticity, secret, gratitude, fewer, euphoria, freedom, dreams, life, optimism, breaks, light and play. Art touches me and leaves me filled after my work is done, it never leaves me lonely. It gives me energy. Art has to be authentic. Art has no place for ideologism. Art is progressing news and it’s highly important to keep an open mind. Art has many styles.
LC – What is your background?
CM – My life with color. I am a self-taught painter, who has worked, lived and studied not only in Europe but also in North America and Australia for some years. I did not feel the desire to exhibit my paintings until 2018. Through my first exhibition in one of the best galleries in Vienna in 2018, I had already painted about 1000 oil paintings and mixed media on canvas in different sizes for more than 30 years. I have participated in more than 20 International art fairs and exhibitions through Europe since 2018. I also kept working since 2018 hyperactive, though. As for today, I have painted around 1300 paintings. I am proud to make this announcement here!
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
CM – Travels through life and space with music. Angels fly lonely, that’s a fact.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
CM – Each and every painting of mine has a title. Therefore each painting tells a story. There are some paintings that have a lot to talk about though, like my series “WE in red”, which up to date counts 58 paintings in an abstract style and was inspired by one of Chopin’s nocturnes. I have been working on it since 2018 and who knows if there’s ever an end to it? Some themes are just endless like imagination, I guess.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
CM – YES! I believe in movement. In progressing permanently. No standing still. My style changes, when I change. I am curious. I always want to create something new. I’m highly self-critical and always want to take one step more. I’m highly flexible as well. Luckily, Art has many styles. I always need to identify myself with my work. I take care of myself. I take breaks. I am searching for loneliness and go into my garden to find a tree to rest under and let my imagination dream on. I take my time, which I need. It has to touch me. It is fascinating for me, how easily one style can change.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival?
CM – To be honest, I think Luca Curi and his team are absolute geniuses. I absolutely admire all of it! It’s a huge honor and I am absolutely thrilled and happy about this opportunity to take part at the International Art Fair in Venice. I’m absolutely grateful!
LC – And in which way did it inspire you?
CM – There is no one way. It inspires in many ways. Especially for dreaming really big! And dreams do come true, sometimes even better, than you had planned for.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
CM – The presented artwork of mine “Young & Wild” is a painting of my reflection in my twenties. I spent a short holiday in Venice at this time. It was the intensivity of color in every simple way I could possibly imagine. Life was kind of good then.
LC – What do you think of ITSLIQUID Platform?
CM – One of the best platforms I have ever seen. Absolutely genius!
LC – What do you think of our services?
CM – Highly professional service. Thumbs up! Congratulations to all of you and a big THANK YOU for managing me in the right direction here and today with this interview. I can feel that this will be good. I usually am too nervous to talk at interviews and too shy in such situations, so it is a good way of expressing myself in taking the time and writing all of that.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
CM – YES! One of the best.