Interviews | April 20, 2022 |

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Image courtesy of Leo Hainzl

Interview: Leo Hainzl
Luca Curci
talks with Leo Hainzl during CONSCIOUSNESS, second appointment of the ANIMA MUNDI 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

“Born in 1968 in Bruck/Mur (Styria, Austria). Already in my youth occupation with art history. Between 1987 and 1993 stays abroad in Italy, Iceland and Israel. From 1994 to 1999 study of painting and graphics at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. After graduating in the autumn 1999, the first solo exhibition “Interregional Aspects and Visual References” in the kunsthaus muerz gallery. Since 2000 numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and cultural institutions in Austria, Germany, Slovenia, England, Switzerland and Portugal. Works can be found in the art collections of the City of Vienna and the Neue Galerie at the Universalmuseum Joanneum in Graz. Since 2002 lecturer at the Institute for Art and its mediation at the Leuphana University of Lueneburg (Lower Saxony) in the module “Aesthetic-Artistic Practice”. 2009/10 five publications of exhibition reviews on the web portal art magazine ecc.

In 2011, my previous formal and thematic work production was mentioned in the General Artists Lexicon (De Gruyter Publishing House, Munich).From 2011 to 2013 course in art and cultural studies at the University of Applied Arts. At the same time, starting in autumn 2021, two-semester integral studies at the Faculty for Interdisciplinary Research and Education (IFF) with a final certificate on the project topic “Titian’s body depictions between life, pain and death”. My works deal with questions and aspects of social issues that sometimes arise over a longer period of time. The picture elements are an examination of art-scientific terms, craft techniques and contemporary discourses.”

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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Leo Hainzl- Art encompasses many media and is omnipresent. In daily practice, dealing with art is a constant challenge. For me, art consists of three areas: Conception, production, and communication.

LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
LH –
While painting I am self-critical and at the beginning, I always think about whether the draft and the underpainting are a good base for a continuation of the picture. My habit when the painting is constantly changing the position of the picture and the angle of view to check the effect. My ritual is to work on paper first and then continue to work on canvas. Relative stillness is important to me to focus on the painting process.

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
LH – My motifs 25 years ago were body-focused, 20 years ago it was an examination of still lifes, and ten years ago a series of depictions of people. Five years ago I was fascinated by portraits. I am currently working on hybrid figurative painting: still an analogue implementation, but with digital documentation in the various work phases.

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LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
LH –
For me, fine art is an opportunity to process global and individual developments in a quiet reflection. Speech performance as an acoustic medium has also interested me for a few months. The Italian language has fascinated me since I was a child, and as an adult, it still has a magical effect.

LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
LH –
Most of the time I’m mentally exhausted for a short time from the various work steps, which are usually not recognizable in a work after completion.

LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
LH –
Most of the time I’m mentally exhausted for a short time from the various work steps, which are usually not recognizable in a work after completion.

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Image courtesy of Leo Hainzl

LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
LH – The work “Pax”, for example, deals with conflicts between people of different nations. Seven eyes refer to each day of the week. It is important to me to accept moments of mourning during this time with special challenges as a necessary part of life.

LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
LH – For the themed exhibition ANIMA MUNDI 2022, I developed a completely new group of works over several weeks in January and late February.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
LH –
I am very impressed by the professional and enthusiastic work of the curatorial team led by Luca Curci. Bringing together a group exhibition with artists from all continents in Venice at this high level is an extraordinary achievement.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
LH –
The director Luca Curci and his team continuously create an internationally sophisticated platform for artists who work in different analogue and digital media.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
LH –
Every collaboration with you is exciting and a creative process for me. I am very happy to have the opportunity to speak Italian in addition to English. I am already looking forward to the next cooperation. Thank you for everything.

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Image courtesy of Leo Hainzl

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