Nick Oberthaler

Nick Oberthaler

Nick Oberthaler was born in 1981 in 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, Austria


Artist in Residence, WIELS Center for Contemporary Art, Bruxelles, Belgium


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


Studio Grant BMUKK, ESAC Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic


Studio Grant BMUKK, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, France


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

Solo exhibitions


Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich, Switzerland

Galerie Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Pièce Dérivée, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna, Austria
No subject No Image No Taste No Matter No Grace No style, Bianca d'Alessandro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, The Netherlands



Calculated Reserve, Museo H.C. Andersen/Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna, Rome, Italy

Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (with Dieuwke Spaans)

The blackbird must be flying, Centre d'art bastille/CAB, Grenoble, France (with Thomas Julier)



Miart, solo presentation, Milan, Italy



Eventuality of an Attempt, Kiosk Gallery, Ghent, Belgium

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

Nick Oberthaler, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna, Austria

In an Expression of the Inexpressible, WIELS Center for Contemporary Art/Project Space, Brussels, Belgium



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



LISTE 15, Basel, Switzerland (with Layr Wuestenhagen, Vienna)



Nothing Ever Happened, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Der verlorene und wiedergefundene Himmel, Layr Wuestenhagen, Vienna, Austria



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

Saufen bis zur Besinnlichkeit (with Daniel Megerle), Vienna, Salzburg, Austria

Group exhibitions


Noir dedans, Le Manoir, Martigny, Switzerland



Granpalazzo, Palazzo Rospigliosi, Zagarolo, Rome, Italy

Une Nouvelle Verité, Chateau de Fernelmont, Fernelmont, Belgium

Closed Circuit, Apoteka Space for Contemporary Art, Vodnajan/Digano, Croatia

Rideaux / Blinds, Institut d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France

N A PRIS LES DÉS curated by Arlène Berceliot Courtin, Paris, France

Tunguska, Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich, Switzerland

A form is a social gatherer, Plymouth Rock, Zurich, Switzerland



The Blackbird must be Flying, Centre d'Art Bastille, Grenoble, France

Ökonomie der Aufmerksamkeit, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Salzburg

MANIFESTA, International Foundation Manifesta, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

It Ain't Whatcha Write, It's The Way Atcha Write it, Manifesta Foundation in cooperation with Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Huize Frankendael, Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Social Photography IV, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, USA

Againt the sun, Taylor Macklin, Zurich, Switzerland

Beyond the process/Werke aux der Sammlung Lenikus, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria



Vers une hypothèse, CAC Fort du Bruissin, Francheville / XII Lyon Biennial, France

De leur temps 4: Nantes, Centre d'art contemporain Le Hangar, Nantes, France

Die Sammlung #4, Belvedere/21 Haus, Vienna, Austria

Young Collectors, Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium

Works on Paper, CCA/Center for Contemporary Art Andratx, Mallorca, Spain

Finisce e continue, Gesso, Vienna, Austria



Minimal Myth, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Le Prince des Rayons, Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels, Belgium

Behind the Light, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon, Portugal

Europe, The Final Countdown, Zabriskie Point, Geneva, Switzerland

About Horizon, Galerie Vidal Cuglietta, Bruxelles, Belgium

Goupshow curated by Jorge Pallarès, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon, Portugal

Biennale de Belleville, Chalet de Belleville, Paris, France

CCA/Center for Contemporary Art Andratx, Mallorca, Spain



The Last Decade, Ellipse Foundation, Alcoitao, Portugal

Control, Magazin 4 Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria

Wallpaperism, Motel Campo, Geneva, Switzerland

The Garden View, Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

Living on the edge of a SILVER FUTURE, Galerie 5020, Salzburg, Austria

WYSIWYG, Rosenblum Collection / FIAC 2011, Paris, France



Both Ends Burning, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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

Mallorca (with Carsten Fock), Galerie Eva Winkeler, Cologne, Germany

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

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



Burn Baby Burn, DUVE Berlin, Germany

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

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



The Line is a LONELY Hunter, New Jerseyy, Basel, Switzerland

Landscope (Part II), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

Landscope, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

Taking Harbours, Les Galeries Bains-Douches, Marseille, France

Young at Heart (Remix), Centro Cultural de Cascais, Cascais, Portugal

Manual CC 2 (with Julien Diehn), CSW Center for Contemporary Art Z. Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland

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



Vacuum, CCC Centre de Création Contempraine, Tours, France

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

La Boum, Layr Wuestenhagen, Vienna, Austria

Pollenflug, Art Cologne Soderschau, Köln, Germany



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

Cabinet of Drawings and Prints, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna



Rosenblum Collection, Paris



Caldic Collection, Rotterdam



Ellipse Foundation, Acoitao,Lisbon



Pizzuti Colletion, Cincinnati, Ohio