Nick Oberthaler

Nick Oberthaler

Nick Oberthaler was born in 1981 in Bad Ischl, Austria. He lives and works in Vienna, Austria. 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.



NOS / Non Objectif Sud, Tulette, France


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


M_O_B, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna, Austria

SEQUEL, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria



Topology, Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich

Set de table, VIS, Hamburg (with Pierre-Olivier Arnaud)

Set de table, néon, Lyon (with Pierre-Olivier Arnaud)

Distinct Oscillations Revisited, Adelaide, Marseille (with Wilfrid Almendra)



Cabrio, featuring Nico vascellari, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Rome, Italy

Galerie Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, Netherlands



Eventuality, Kunst im Traklhaus, Salzburg, Austria 

I can see the whole room! ... And there is nobody in it!, Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich, Switzerland



Pièce Dérivée, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

Distinct Features Of Fast Oscillations..., Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna, Austria
No subject No Image No Taste No Matter No Grace No style, Bianca d'Alessandro, Copenhagen, Denmark



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

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

{…}, 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


Dust: The plates of present, Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design, Ohio, USA


Dust: The plates of present, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Int'Ubagu, Musée d'art contemporain de la Haute-Vienne, Chateau de Rochechouart, France



Salon Hang, Kunstverein Amsterdam (with Pierre-Olivier Arnaud)

They had a house of crystal pillars, Belsunce Projects, Marseille (with Victor Yudaev)

Ticket to the Moon, Kunsthalle Krems

Österreichischer Grafikwettbewerb, Galerie im Taxispalais/Kunsthalle Tirol



MOREpublishers at Brussels Art Weekend, Vanderborght building, Bruxelles (with Johannes Wohnseifer)

Hospitality, NOS - Non Objectif Sud, Tulette, France (curated by Marie de Brugerolle)

Dream'n'Wild, ALASKA Projects, Sydney, Australia (curated by Alexander Jackson Wyatt)

INTOTO 6, Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris

How well do you behave?, Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design, Ohio, USA (curated by Jo-ey Tang)

Black Pages / Publizieren als künstlerische Praxis, Salzburger Kunstverein

Hazenstraat Biennale - Editions & Multiples, Galerie Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam



Publishing as an Artistic Toolbox 1989-2017, Kunsthalle Wien (curated by Luca Lo Pinto)

Corporate Fatigue, Neuer Wiener Kunstverein, Wien (with Thomas Julier, Nelly Haliti, Jochen Schmith, Andrea Winkler)

Artists' books for Everything, Weserburg - Museum für moderne Kunst/Zentrum f. Künstlerpublikationen, Bremen

The plates of the present, so far, Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris (curated by Thomas Fougeirol & Jo-ey Tang)

Interiors, Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich

Temporary Encounters (with Dino Zrnec), Galerija Galzenica, Velika Gorica (curated by Branka Bencic)

Art Club #12/Folies d'hiver, Villa Medici – Acad.mie de France . Rome (Cur. Pier Paolo Pancotto)



Noir dedans, Le Manoir, Martigny, Switzerland

What kind of bird is this? (with Hugo Scibetta & Laetitia Badaut-Haussmann), LevyDelval, Brussels, Belgium



Flirting with Strangers, Belvedere/21er Haus, Vienna, Austria

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



konkret–abstrakt, Parlament der Republik Österreich, Wien

Jahresgaben 2014, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg

Ökonomie der Aufmerksamkeit, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna

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

Frankendael Foundation (with Dieuwke Spaans), Amsterdam, 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

Drawing Quote, Pigna Project Space, Rome, Italy

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



Set de table (together with Pierre-Olivier Arnaud; Ed. Manuel Burgener/24 pages, Bern), 2018

Noir Dedans, (Ed. Thomas Julier & Martin Jaeggi / TaylorMacklin, Zurich & Le Manoir, Martigny), 2016

The blackbird must be flying, (Ed. Nick Oberthaler & Thomas Julier / CAB Grenoble), 2015

Nick Oberthaler / Calculated Reserve (Ed. Pier Paolo Pancotto / Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg), 2014

Drawing Quote! (Ed. Nick Oberthaler / PIGNA Project Space Roma), 2013

Minimal Myth, Set of 12 xerox-printed catalogues (Ed. Francesco Stocchi / Museum Boijmans van Beuningen), 2012

Le doute et la grâce, Essays by Joanna Fiduccia & Gallien Déjean (Ed. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac), 2011

Wallpaperism, Boabooks Geneva (Ed. Nick Oberthaler, Motel Campo Geneva & Izet Sheshivari), 2011

since 2009 founding member and co-editor

Public and private collections


Belvedere/21er Haus, Vienna

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

Landesgalerie Linz/Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art , Linz



Centre Pompidou, Paris (DUST: The plates of present, a project co-founded by Thomas Fougeirol and Jo-ey Tang)

Rosenblum Collection, Paris



Caldic Collection, Rotterdam



Ellipse Foundation, Acoitao, Lisbon



Pizzuti Colletion, Columbus, Ohio