Deborah Sengl

1974 born in Vienna

1992 Studies at the University of Applied Arts (Mkl. Terzic), Vienna

1995 Studies at the University of the Arts in Berlin/Weißensee

1997 Diploma at the University of the Arts (Mkl. Attersee), Vienna

2011 - 2013 Teaching position at the Mozarteum, Salzburg (textiles)

"Deborah Sengl loves animals because, as she says, they are so finished in their way. But she doesn't show them off, she uses them to disfigure man and his being beyond recognition. You could call her a Santa Francisca, because she talks to the animals. It is a wordless but intense dialogue. (...)

If I could draw Deborah Sengl in her style, the result would probably be a montage of a fighting dog and a dragonfly. The former because she confronts injustice of all kinds with maximum fury, the latter because she is a sensitive soul who, now and then, frees herself from all earthly heaviness and buzzes around, perceiving and absorbing the formations of the universe with tremendous sensitivity."

(from Frido Hütter's "And she talked to the animals")


2017, Porthole, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 cm

Exhibition view galerie gölles Deborah Sengl

Killed to be dressed(1-4), 2009-10, Acrylic on canvas, each 180 x 80 cm

Little Darling

2011-12, preparation, wax, textile, height 120 cm


Solo exhibitions
2021 Deborah Sengl/Franco Kappl, Gallery Wolfrum, Vienna (A)
2021 Fiffy+Maurice, Karin Sachs Gallery, Munich (D)
2020 Eyes wide shot, Galerie Reinthaler, Vienna (A)
2019 Deborah Sengl/Wolfgang Wiedner, Galerie Gölles, Fürstenfeld (A)
2019 Escape!, MuseumsQuartier Vienna (A)
2019 Madvertising, Galerie Trapp, Salzburg (A)
2019 Broken Soldiers, QL Gallery, Graz (A)
2019 All you can lose, MQ Art Box, Vienna (A)
2019 On Dealing with People, Galerie Reinthaler, Vienna (A)
2018 Minimundus, Walker Art Space, Klagenfurt (A)
2018 The Last Days of Mankind, European Forum Alpbach (A)
2018 Schleier-Haft, Forum Kunst Millstatt (A)
2018 Deborah Sengl, Brunnhofer Gallery, Linz (A)
2017 The Last Days of Humanity, National Gallery Tirana (AL)
2017 Broken Soldiers, Deschler Gallery, Berlin (D)
2017 Of Hells Angels and Superfreaks, Kunstfabrik Groß Siegharts (A)
2017 Visitation - Hells Angels, Hilger NEXT, Vienna (A)
2016 Gangl-Kandl-Sengl, Gölles Gallery, Fürstenfeld (A)
2015 The Last Days of Mankind, Austrian Cultural Forum, Bratislava (SK)
2015 Home Story, Deschler Gallery, Berlin (D)
2015 The Last Days of Mankind, Forum Kunst Millstatt (A)
2015 Hymnal Austria, Gallery 422, Gmunden (A)
2015 Komad-Sengl-Trinkaus, Gallery Gölles, Fürstenfeld (A)
2014 Felt Temperature, Wien Energie, Vienna
2014 The Last Days of Mankind, Essl Collection, Klosterneuburg (A)
2014 And cut!, Hilger Gallery, Vienna
2013 Via Dolorosa, Deschler Gallery, Berlin
2013 Deborah Sengl, St. Peter an der Sperr, Wiener Neustadt
2013 Deborah Sengl-Peter Sengl, Gallery Gölles, Fürstenfeld
2012 Deborah Sengl, Kunstverlag Wolfrum, Vienna
2012 Deborah Sengl, Gallery Hametner, Stoob
2011 Blessed are the Ignorant, SOART, Millstättersee
2011 His-Story, Gallery Walker, Klagenfurt
2011 His-Story, Gallery Rohde Contemporary, Copenhagen
2010 Of Camouflage and Deception, IFK Vienna
2010 Killed to be Dressed, Gallery Rohde Contemporary, Copenhagen
2010 High Animals, Castyourart/Viennafair, Vienna
2009 Deborah Sengl, Gallery Hametner, Stoob
2009 All you can lose, Gallery Steinek, Vienna
2008 Of Sheep and Wolves, Gallery Marcus Deschler, Berlin
2008 Of Sheep and Wolves, Burgkapelle, Museum of Modern Art Carinthia
2008 Peter, Susanne and Deborah Sengl, Gallery Judith Walker, Ebenau Castle
2008 nach logos trachten, cloister upper floor, Neuberg Minster (in the context of the Neuberg Culture Days 2008)
2008 Deborah Sengl, Gallery Thiele, Linz
2007 Brand Worlds, Gallery Ranalter, Innsbruck
2007 Logo Heroes, Gallery Lukas Feichtner, Vienna
2006 Ertarnungen, Strabag Kunstforum, Vienna
2006 Ertarnungen, Gallery tazl, Graz
2006 Ertarnungen, Gallery Sechzig, Feldkirch
2006 Inventions, Gallery Palais Porcia, Spittal
2005 Inheritances, Gallery Hametner, Stoob
2005 Ertarnungen III, Gallery Lukas Feichtner, Vienna
2005 Ertarnungen II, Gallery Karin Sachs, Munich
2004 Ertarnungen & Ertarnungen, Forum Art Rottweil, Rottweil
2004 Ertarnungen III, Gallery Thiele, Linz
2004 Your pig is my pig, Marcus Deschler Gallery, Berlin (with Peter Sengl)
2003 Ertarnungen, Oriontarnungen, Erzüchtungen, Gallery Binz & Krämer, Cologne
2003 Ertarnungen, Gallery K4, Saarbrücken
2003 Ertarnungen II, Neue Gallery/Studio, Graz
2003 Ertarnungen II, Gallery feichtner&mizrahi, Vienna
2002 Ertarnungen, Karin Sachs Gallery, Munich
2001 Ertarnungen, Gallery feichtner&mizrahi, Vienna
2001 The Snake - as a Robber - Covers the Coveted Prey, Kupferstichkabinett, Vienna
2000 Pyssla 1 - 30, Gallery Station 3
2000 The bird - as a robber - disguises the coveted prey, Gallery Arc, Vienna
1999 Oriontarnung, Art Association Paradigma, Linz
1999 Oriontarnung, Kunstbuero 1060, Vienna

Group Exhibitions 2013 - 2021
2021 Wild Childhood, LENTOS Art Museum, Linz (A)
2020 Mice, Museum Bread and Art, Ulm (D)
2020 Waterproof, Deschler Gallery, Berlin (D)
2020 FEMALE GAZE, Lehner Gallery, Vienna (A)
2020 Märzenbecher, Wolfrum Gallery, Vienna (A)
2019 Die Kunst ist weiblich, Brunnhofer Gallery, Linz (A)
2019 Sommerfrische, Kunstforum Montafon (A)
2019 On Foreign Terrain, Gallery ABTART, Stuttgart (D)
2019 NUDE Female bodies by female artists, Villa Schöningen, Potsdam (D)
2019 Nature in Art, MOCAK, Krakow (PL)
2019 Women About Women, Galerie Deschler, Berlin (D)
2018 An Original by ... (VI), Galerie Gölles, Fürstenfeld (A)
2018 AffenTheater, Forum Kunst Rottweil, Rottweil (D)
2018 Klagenfurt 500 - Burned, given away and kissed awake, Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt (A)
2018 Skulls, Stifter Villa, Kirchschlag near Linz (A)
2018 Sehstörungen, Art Association Friedberg (D)
2018 The 90s, Vienna Museum MUSA (A)
2018 25 Visions, Gerersdorfer Gallery, Vienna (A)
2018 The Second Skin, Stiftung Schloss Moyland (D)
2017 Aesthetics of Change, MAK, Vienna (A)
2017 Nebuchadnezzar, Forum Kunst Rottweil, Rottweil (D)
2017 We love animals, Kunstmuseum Ravensburg (D)
2017 Women's Work, Gallery Nick Treadwell, Vienna (A)
2017 Landpartie, Gerersdorfer Gallery, Vienna (A)
2017 Notes on the Beginning of the Short 20th Century, NCCA Kaliningrad (RUS)
2016 The Second Skin, Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg (D)
2016 Views, FORUM KUNST Millstatt (A)
2016 Bedded on Roses, Galerie Deschler, Berlin (D)
2016 Cosmos of Animals, Galerie Walker, Schloss Ebenau (A)
2016 45 Jahre Galerie Ernst Hilger - The past, the present, and something about the future, Galerie Hilger, Vienna (A)
2016 Look again! Cash, Cans and Candy, 3rd edition, Hilger NEXT, Vienna (A)
2016 Let flowers speak, Stiftung Schloss Moyland (D)
2016 Zum Fressen gern, Admont Abbey Museum (A)
2016 The MOCAK Collection, MOCAK, Krakow (PL)
2016 The Hilger Collection-Part1, BROTKunsthalle, Vienna (A)
2016 DEAD ANIMALS or the curious occurrence of taxidermy in contemporary art, David Winton Bell Gallery, Rhode Island (US)
2015 Hoch hinaus, FORUM KUNST Millstatt (A)
2015 An Original by ... (III), Galerie Gölles, Fürstenfeld (A)
2015 Notes On The Beginning Of The Short 20th Century, Galeria Emila Filly, Ústí nad Labem (CZ)
2015 Figure/Structure. STRABAG Artcollection/Artaward, RLB Kunstbrücke, Innsbruck (A)
2015 Celebrating Life, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (A)
2015 Vom Jung Und Alt Sein, Künstlerverein Walkmühle, Wiesbaden (D)
2015 5×5.4, Paradigma Art Association, Linz (A)
2015 Summer Settings, Galerie Deschler, Berlin (D)
2015 SHOEting Stars, City Gallery Klagenfurt (A)
2015 Mödlinger Architekturen, Kunstraumarcade, Mödling (A)
2015 Notes on the Beginning of the Short 20th Century, Freiraum Quartier 21, MQ, Vienna (A)
2015 Girls, Girls, Girls!, Galerie Deschler, Berlin (D)
2015 After Picasso, Forum Kunst Frohner, Krems (A)
2015 Accessibility in the Head, Anker-Expedithalle, Vienna