About Oskar Stocker

The Austrian artist Oskar Stocker (b. 1956) lives and works in Graz. He has become known internationally through the exhibition Facing Nations, which consists of portraits of more than 120 people of various nationalities living in Graz; it was shown first in Graz itself, then in Vienna, and later culminated in 2010 with its display at the UN Headquarters in New York City. He has also regularly painted portraits of the guests of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) TV program erLesen—with well over two hundred of these portraits today. An anniversary publication includes the faces of Peter Handke, Gert Voss, Christine Nöstlinger, Josef Haslinger, Marlene Streeruwitz, Robert Menasse, and Peter Simonischek, to name just a few.

“A century after the crisis of the portrait as an obligatory academic discipline, it will emerge once more as a possible subject,” writes the Cologne art historian and curator Guido Schlimbach in an essay on Stocker’s paintings. Schlimbach goes on: “Meanwhile, portrait painting has become a free form of art without any constraints of use or narcissistic obsession, thus bearing ample testimony to the identity and mood of today’s society. Oskar Stocker is one of its most authentic representatives.”

Exhibitions​

2019
Oskar Stocker und Luis Rivera, FACING COLOGNE, St. Agnes, Köln
Oskar Stocker und Luis Rivera, MO-ZART, St. Peter Stiftskulinarium, Salzburg
2018
Innensichten, Bildungshaus Schloss St. Martin, Graz
Oskar Stocker und Luis Rivera, KADDISCH, Kollegienkirche, Salzburg
Freiheit / Svoboda, Galerie der Kunst Karlovy Vary, Karlsbad, Tschechien
Oskar Stocker und Luis Rivera, Stille Helden, St. Bavo Kathedrale, Gent, Brüssel
PURE LIFE, Kollegienkirche, Salzburg
2015
Eingesperrt – Never Forget, Schell Collection, Graz
Yearning, New York
Verbo(r)gen, OLG Hamm
2014
EinzigARTig, Lienz
Yearning, Washington D.C.
2013
gaia, Art meets Technology, Europäisches Raumflugkontrollzentrum Darmstadt
Verbo(r)gen, Zisterzienser Stift Rein, Steiermark
2012
STAGE OF CHANGE, Schell Collection, Graz
2011
Menschliche Identitäten, Kunstraum Radio, ORF, Wien
Yearning, Flughafen Graz
2010
Facing Nations, UN-Hauptquartier New York   facingnations.com
2009
Facing Nations, Internationales Zentrum, Wien   facingnations.com
2008
Facing Nations, Messe Graz   facingnations.com
2007
Grow East, Kongress, Wiener Hofburg, Hofburg Wien
2004
Oskar Stocker Malerei, Bank im Bistum Essen

Works in Public Collections​

Graz, Galerie Graz, Joanneum
Graz, Hans Schell Collection
Hamburg, Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirchengemeinde Nienstedten
Köln, Kunststation St. Peter
Leibnitz, Schloss Seggau, Fürstenzimmer, Steiermark
Salzburg, St. Peter Stift
St. Pölten, Museum Niederösterreich
Wien, MA 48
Wien, Mozarthaus
Wien, Museum der Johann Strauss Dynastie
Wien, Sammlung Hofburg