Nick Oberthaler

Nick Oberthaler

Nick Oberthaler born in 1981, Bad Ischl, Austria. He lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.  Draftsman who uses intriguing techniques. Though he likes to refer to his works as ‘drawings’, he also works with paint and ink, which he further combines with pasted-on fragments. He remains partial to paper as his “canvas”, due to its fragile quality. The marks that he makes on it are unalterable. The paper is sometimes damaged, and he likes to treat it roughly. Paper is a delicate surface that also enables the artist to create very understated pieces. He works with a variety of materials like ink and wax, pastel and gouache or watercolor, which create unpredictable effects and a tension on the paper’s surface.

In his compositions, Nick Oberthaler uses numerous media: photographs, photocopies of images found in books, magazines or on the internet… 

The finishings are uneven: either very final or very sketchy. He wants to continually maintain the mystery of the associations that he chooses, and the uncertainty about what he truly wishes to reveal. He insists on the ambiguity of images, letting the viewer’s gaze wander and decide which point of reference to focus on within the œuvre.



Anton-Faistauer-Preis, Land Salzburg,Landesgalerie im Traklhaus /AT


Artist in Residence, WIELS Center for Contemporary Art, Bruxelles/BEL


Artist in Residence, CCA/Center for Contemporary Art Andratx, Mallorca/ESP


Studio Grant BMUKK, ESAC Cesky Krumlov/CZE


Studio Grant BMUKK, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris/F


Artist in Residence, CSW Center for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw

Solo exhibitions


Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris


Calculated Reserve, Museo H.C. Andersen/Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna, curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto, Roma

Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam (with Dieuwke Spaans)


Miart, solo presentation, Milan, IT



Eventuality of an attempt, Kiosk Gallery, Ghent

Nick Oberthaler, Point de fuite, Galerie Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam

Nick Oberthaler, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna

In an Expression of the InexpressibleWIELS Center for Contemporary Art/Project Space, Bruxelles



Zweifel und gnade (Le doute et la grâce), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris



LISTE 15, Basle/CH (with Layr Wuestenhagen, Vienna)



Nothing Ever Happened, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam/NL

Der verlorene und wiedergefundene Himmel, Layr Wuestenhagen,Vienna



Warsaw, Texas (with Julien Diehn), CSW Center for Contemporary Art Z. Ujazdowski, Warsaw/PL

Saufen bis zur Besinnlichkeit (with Daniel Megerle), Vienna

Group exhibitions


Rideaux / Blinds, Institut d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France (06/02-03/05, 2015)



The Blackbird must be flying, Centre d'Art Bastille, Grenoble
Ökonomie der Aufmerksamkeit, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
MANIFESTA, International Foundation Manifesta, Amsterdam
It Ain't Whatcha Write, It's The Way Atcha Write it, Manifesta Foundation in cooperation with Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam
Huize Frankendael, Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam


Vers une hypothèse, CAC Fort du Bruissin, Francheville / XII Lyon Biennial (curated by Andrea Rodriguez Novoa) (FR)
De leur temps 4: Nantes, Centre d'art contemporain Le Hangar, Nantes
Die Sammlung #4, Belvedere/21 Haus, Vienna
Young Collectors, Maison Particulière, Brussels
Works on Paper, CCA/Center for Contemporary Art Andratx, Mallorca 

Minimal Myth, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam/NL 
Le Prince des Rayons, Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels, BE
Behind the Light, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon, PT 

Europe, the final Countdown, Zabriskie Point, Geneva

About Horizon, Galerie Vidal Cuglietta, Bruxelles/BEL

Goupshow curated by Jorge Pallarès, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon

Biennale de Belleville, Chalet de Belleville, Paris

CCA/Center for Contemporary Art Andratx, Mallorca



The Last Decade, Ellipse Foundation, Alcoitao/POR (curated byAlexandre Melo)

Control, Magazin 4 Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz/A

Wallpaperism, Motel Campo, Genève/CH

The Garden View, Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest/RO

Living on the edge of a silver future, Galerie 5020, Salzburg

WYSIWYG, Rosenblum Collection, Paris, October 2011 (during FIAC Paris)



Both Ends Burning, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam/NL

Groupshow (with Marcus Gundling, Isabelle Fein, Sabine Reitmaier), Berlin/D

Mallorca (with Carsten Fock), Galerie Eva Winkeler, Cologne/D

Mike, Alec or Rufus? (Tom, Dick or Harry), Layr Wuestenhagen,Vienna

in passing 10 (with Christoph Meier und Ute Müller), Künstlerhauspassage, Vienna



Burn Baby Burn, DUVE Berlin/D

The Last Session (curated by Jan van Woensel), Vlaams Cultuurhuis, Amsterdam/NL

Schnitzel, Schmiss und Wiener Auster (with Carsten Fock and Svenja Deininger), Vienna



The Line is a lonely hunter, New Jerseyy, Basle/CH

Landscope (Part II), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg (curated by Matthieu Poirier)

Landscope, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/F (curated by Matthieu Poirier)

Taking Harbours, Les Galeries Bains-Douches, Marseille/F (curated by Marie Rotkopf)

Young at Heart (Remix), Centro Cultural de Cascais, Cascais/POR (curated by Alexandre Melo)

Manual CC 2 (mit  Julien Diehn), CSW Center for Contemporary Art Z. Ujazdowski, Warsaw/PL

Under the Pain of Death, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York /USA



Vacuum, CCC Centre de Création Contempraine, Tours/F

Manual CC 1 (with Julien Diehn), Galeria Kronika, Bytom/PL

La Boum, Layr Wuestenhagen, Vienna

Pollenflug, Art Cologne Soderschau, Köln/D (curated by Caroline Nathusius)


Der onherkenbare horizon..., Lucette ter Borg in: NRC Handelsblad 
Drawing Quote! (Ed. Nick Oberthaler/Pigna Project Space, Rome)


Schilderen en Tekenen als Installatie, Inge Braeckman in: (H)ART, p. 16 / March 2012

Neo-Malerei, Axel Wieder in: Spike Art Quaterly #31, p. 115 / March 

Estádios da luz, Celso Martins in: Expresso, p. 12 / 11.02.2012

Le doute et la grâce / Zweifel und Gnade, Essays by Joanna Fiduccia and Gallien Déjean (Ed. Nick Oberthaler, Marianne Rapegno, Alessandra Bellavita / Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac) ISBN # 2-910055-47-7



Wallpaperism,  BOABOOKS Geneva (Ed. Nick Oberthaler, Motel Campo Genève)



Flash Art International # 273, Interview with Joanna Fiduccia, p. 101 /  July - September 2010

Brightest in Show, Quinn Latimer in: Art in America International / 18.06.2010

Kunst als Bedingungselement von Raum, Walter Seidl, in: / 18.3.2010



Im natürlichen Mittelpunkt, Markus Mittringer in: Der Standard / 10.5.2009

Zittrige Worte, vibrierende Linien, Anne-Kathrin Feßler in : Der Standard / 9.4.2009

Darin Zeit und Ewigkeit, Nina Schedlmayer in: / 9.4.2009

Gegen das Gähnende, Stefan Tasch in : The Gap #95 / 2009

QUART #13, Insert, Der Nebel liegt tief, Haymon Verlag/Circus, Innsbruck

Landscope, Black Jack Editions/Les Presses du Réel (Ed. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac/Matthieu Poirier), Paris



Under the Pain of Death (Ed. ACF New York)

MANUAL CC, Galeria Kronika, Bytom (Ed. Sebastian Chichocki/University of Cracow)

What You See Is My Reflection, Used Future #36, Basle

EXKLUSIV Magazine, Insert, Warsaw, Nr. 12 /2007

A Waltz on the Wild Side, IdN Magazine Nr. 14/3, Hongkong/Sydney

ELEND, Jahrbuch des Verlags für moderne Kunst Nürnberg (Ed. Dominik Sittik / Frauke Boggasch)

Public and private collections

Belvedere, Vienna

Rosenblum Collection, Paris
Cabinet of Drawings and Prints, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna
Ellipse Foundation, Acoitao/Lisbon
Caldic Collection, Rotterdam
Pizzuti Colletion, Cincinnati