Leopold Strobl


Born in Mistelbach (Lower Austria) in 1960, Leopold Strobl has been making art since he was a child. He began working at the atelier gugging in 2002, although he has been creating his art at home in Poysdorf and Kritzendorf (Lower Austria) since 2019. The galerie gugging is has represented the artist since 2016, and his work has been exhibited at the museum gugging since 2021. His artworks are to be found at MoMA (USA), Treger/Saint Silvestre Art Brut Collection (Portugal), abcd ART BRUT Collection (France) and the State Collections of Lower Austria.

The museum gugging is devoting an entire room of the exhibition “gugging.! classic & contemporary UPDATE” showcased from February 3, 2024, to March 1, 2026, to a presentation of 45 works by Leopold Strobl.

2024 Leopold Strobl is invited to the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia curated by Adriano Pedrosa.

The works in Gugging are from the main period of Leopold Strobl’s oeuvre, which began in 2014. In them, he uses colored pencils to rework photographs from newspapers. “Strobl uses black colored pencils to draw over the people, vehicles or also animals depicted in the pictures and to lay down his contour lines, which embed the image within a newly created landscape,” explains Nina Ansperger, Artistic Director of the museum gugging. “The sky occupies a special place in Strobl’s oeuvre: It is drawn over in green and all the other elements of the picture in yellow. The entire newspaper clipping becomes subjected to a completely new representation through this revision.”

The artist likes to work with landscapes, such as Lower Austria’s wine-cellar lanes, but also with architectural creations like St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. His reworking of images of war zones invests his pictures with a topical political relevance unintended by the artist.

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