About me

Portrait von Greta Znojemsky

Taking a look at my works, one might think there are quite different approaches. However, this is an illusion because all is one world. I’m interested in different approaches towards life. That’s also why I work using various techniques and materials – one of them being photography.

Frequently, the concept already exists before the works come into being. Although I’m also often involved with processes relating to several pictures and sculptures at the same time. Working in three dimensions: “objects to touch and look at” made from stone, alabaster, paper, papier-mâché, wood, everyday objects, things found, the random.

Ever since I was a child, travelling to foreign countries has been inspiration and drive. However, we can also travel to inner worlds and explore the unconscious. I like delving into my own depth and likewise be touched by current social topics.

I delve into processes that find expression in picture sequences and series. I feel attracted by opposites. Frequently, this results in dyads or triptychs. Occasionally, decomposing things to little pieces may be an essential process because it allows for reassembling them in new order.

However, the most significant ambition is diversity, awareness for the accidental occurrence, readiness for fortuity. An appreciation of resources and the reuse and recycling of objects and materials.

Vita

1950Born, with twin brother Hans, in Vienna
1968 – 1972University of Applied Art in Vienna, specialising in graphics and photography
1972Graduation with Diploma and MFA
Study scholarship in Paris
1973 – 1977Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, major in Art Education
1976Study scholarship of the Academy of Fine Arts
1977Graduation with MFA
1987Starts activity conducting art seminars and workshops
1993 – 2011Foundation of the ‘Windspiel Laboratory for Creativity and Treasure Hunting’®, a training centre and studio for the study and promotion of creativity, providing facilities for experiments with innovative ideas and artistic originality.
2001 – 2012Foundation of the Windspiel Gallery, a platform for national and inter-cultural projects.
Member of IG Bildende Kunst (Fine Arts Interest Group).
Member of eop - Emergence of Projects, a trans-disciplinary network of representatives from the fields of science and the arts.
Member of Künstlerhaus.

Hi res photos for print

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About the work of Greta Znojemsky

Main intention is diversity. My approach is complex and uses a wide range of media, including photography, sculpture, objects, water colour and other painting techniques, drawing and prints as well as installations. Two principal aims are a broad spectrum and a focus of activity on the border areas between the media. There are elements of both the material and the immaterial, receptive to borderline experiences.
Projects involving active participation and socially critical initiative such as aging and woman, the obsession with beauty or the search for happiness.

Work in three dimensions opens the way into such diverse fields as ready-mades, little sculptures made of wire, alabastre, wood and objets trouvés. Installations combine a variety of media.

Short biography Greta Znojemsky

  • Born 1950 with twin brother Hans in Vienna. Living and working in Lower Austria since 2015.
  • Studies at the University of Applied Art, graduated in 1972 with MFA – and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (1977 Graduation with MA in art teaching).
  • 1972 Scholarship to study in Paris.
  • 1976 Study scholarship of the Academy of Fine Arts.
  • 1993 – 2011: foundation of the ‘Windspiel Laboratory for Creativity and Treasure Hunting, a training centre and studio for research into the relationship between creativity and personality development.
  • 2001 – 2012: foundation of the Windspiel Gallery, a platform for national and inter-cultural projects.
  • Co-founder and president (2001 – 2015) of the art association Kunstart-Europäisches Kunstnetzwerk (European Art Network).
  • Curator and exhibition organiser for national and international projects. „frau/mujer zwischen Realität und Phantasie oder ein Kaleidoskop (2004 – 2010); „Die verhüllte Frau“ (2007), ICH.formen (2006), „Bethlehem“ (2008).
  • Workshops in Austria, Greece, Italy, Peru, Uzbekistan and Palestine.
  • Work on show in public and private collections in Austria, Germany, Finland, Peru, Australia, Uzbekistan and Palestine.
  • Since 1982, solo exhibitions and participation in group displays in Austria, Peru, USA, Russia, Israel, France, Sweden, Uzbekistan, Palestine, Greece, Germany, Malta and China.