Biography

Reinhold Traxl

2018

Leben.

Reinhold Traxl (*18.05.1944 in Österreich) ist Maler und Bildhauer.

Seine Ausbildung erhielt Traxl von 1960 bis 1964 an der HTL Innsbruck Fachschule für Bildhauerei und von 1964 bis 1970 an der Akademie der Bildende Künste Wien in den Richtungen Malerei, Bildhauerei und Architektur bei Wotruba, Avramidis und Plischke.

Zu dieser Zeit ermöglichten mehrere Paris-Aufenthalte den Kontakt mit Serge Poliakoff. Mit ihm sowie mit Mondrian und Rothko setzt sich Traxl in seiner Malerei intensiv auseinander, in der Bildhauerei mit Brancusi, Giacometti und Judd.

Er lebt und arbeitet in Italien und in Belgien.
Die Verbindung von Raum, Licht und Farbe sind in Traxls Arbeit essentiell.
In Italien ist die Nähe zu den Fresken von Piero della Francesca, die für die Moderne wegweisend sind, anregend. Die karge Landschaft der Crete Senesi zwingt zu einer Reduziertheit.
Das Licht von Flandern bringt ihn zur Farbe Weiß.

Das Leben in Nord und Süd ist in den Arbeiten spürbar und die kulturellen Hintergründe sind niemals wegzudenken. Im Kern seiner Auseinandersetzung ist die Spannung zwischen dem Gegenständlichen und dem Gegenstandslosen und dem Zufälligen.

Das was Traxls Arbeiten ausmacht ist das Verschmelzen der Gegensätze.

Life.

Reinhold Traxl (*18.05.1944 in Austria) is a painter and sculptor.

Traxl received his training from 1960 to 1964 at the HTL Innsbruck School of Sculpture and from 1964 to 1970 at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in the fields of painting, sculpture and architecture under Wotruba, Avramidis and Plischke.

At the same time, several stays in Paris brought him into contact with Serge Poliakoff. Traxl deals extensively with him as well as with Mondrian and Rothko in his painting, just as with Brancusi, Giacometti and Judd in his sculpture.

Traxl lives and works in Italy and Belgium.
Combining space, light and colour is essential to his work.
In Italy, the proximity to Piero della Francesca’s Frescoes, which are harbingers of modern art, stimulates his work. The barren landscape of Tuscany’s Crete Senesi forces Traxl to reduce everything to its essentials.
The light of Flanders inspires the colour white in his work.

Life in the North and South can be felt in his works – their cultural contexts ever present. At the core of his inquiry lies the tension between the concrete on the one hand and the abstract and serendipitous on the other.

Characteristic of Traxl’s oeuvre is the fusion of opposites.

Selection of Traxl’s Work.

1985 Exhibition at the Gallery Foche – Paris

1989 Exhibition at the Gallery Eric Franck – Geneva

1993 Exhibition at the Gallery Breitling – Stuttgart

1994 Exhibition at the Sieben-Kapellen Areal – Innsbruck

1994 Portrait by Wolfgang Pfaundler “The sculptor and painter Reinhold Traxl” in the culture magazine “Das Fenster” – published by Haymon

1999 Construction of hangar lx-art with architect Peter Thurner – Montisi (Tuscany)

 2001 Collaboration with Zumtobel Staff Light Project for Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci – Prato

2001 Gallery Campo & Campo – Antwerpen

2001 Creation of the facade of the Fruit Cooperative building – Terlan

2002 Interview by Werner Bertolan for Arte Kultur

2003 Design of the cover for the photo book “no small distance” by Rossano B Maniscalchi – published by Vlasta Brtnikovà, Prague

2004 Exhibition at the Art Foundation Maurice et Noémie de Rothschild, Paris and publishing catalog

2005 Exhibition at the Gallery Hosp – Nassereith

2007 Design of the traffic junction at the Landeck railway station

2008 Project open air theater – San Giovanni d’Asso (Tuscany )

2010 Portrait “Material, Space, Colour” culture magazine Artapp – published by Edoardo Milesi

2010 Exhibition at the Museum Stift Stams

2010 Book “Traxl – Sculpture & Painting” – published by Athesia

2011 Light project with Zumtobel for Lumen – Florence

2019 Iron sculpture Naka Karuizawa – Japan