Suse Krawagna

1964 born in Klagenfurt / Austria, lives in Vienna
1983-1988 Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Prof. Arnulf Rainer
1988-1990 Resides in London, Royal College of Art


2015 Prize of the City of Vienna
2004 Agrolinz Melamine Award - lines on paper, 2nd prize
2000 Strabag Art Promotion Prize for Painting
1999 Anton Faistauer Prize for Painting of the Province of Salzburg
26th Austrian Graphics Competition, Innsbruck, Prize of the Raiffeisen Bank
1997 Römerquelle Art Competition, 3rd prize
1993 Prize of the Carinthian Savings Bank
1987 Max Weiler Prize
1986 Römerquelle Art Competition, Discovery Prize
1985 Master School Prize

In the still dominant figurative painting scene, Suse Krawagna takes a decisive "counter-position". It is less the strikingly seeming motivic and narratively nameable picture codes, but more an analytical visualisation of fundamental abstract elements of painting: trace, composition, surface, space, colour. This abstract strategy has been a constant quality since the beginning of the history of non-representational painting, initiated by Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian. Today, it is no longer a question of the new, the avant-garde, the purist as an answer to conventional naturalistic figurative academicisms, but of a commitment to the values of abstract painting, and with it to generate independent pictorial designs in gradual zones. It is a quiet dialogue with the picture in the working process, a working out of coherent, balanced creations. The abstract image no longer has to justify itself or claim to be the medium with the leading style. It exists in subdued volume in the pluralistic visual world of today - perhaps as a meditative, calming "counter-world" in our stimulus-flooded society.

Text excerpt Florian Steininger


2015, acrylic and coloured pencil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm


2016, acrylic and coloured pencil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm


2017, acrylic and coloured pencil on canvas, 260 x 200 cm



2021 Suse Krwagna + Franco Kappl, Museum of Modern Art Carinthia
2016 in between, Gallery Walker, Klagenfurt
2014 Variation and Difference, Kugelmühle Mühldorf, Feldbach / catalogue
2013 Deviations, Gallery Amer Abbas / Kunstbuero, Vienna / Catalogue
2007 Suse Krawagna, Gallery Stadtpark, Krems
2006 06 Wiener - Visual Drugs, the temporary gallery, Zurich - with Michael Goldgruber
2004 Gallery 3, Klagenfurt - with Peter Krawagna
2003 macht vergleichbar, Paradigma Art Association, Linz - with Sibylle Küblböck
Suse Krawagna, Esther Stocker - Faistauer prizewinners 1999 and 2002, Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg / catalogue
2000 Bauholding, Art Forum, Klagenfurt
1999 Gallery Carinthia, Klagenfurt
Gallery Plurima, Udine
1997 Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna - with Franco Kappl
1995 Schafschetzy Gallery, Graz
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt
1994 Art Forum Klagenfurt
1993 Carinthian State Gallery, Klagenfurt / Catalogue
Scheffel Gallery, Bad Homburg
1992 Gallery in the Traklhaus, Salzburg / Catalogue
Gallery Carinthia, Klagenfurt / catalogue
1991 Gallery Plurima, Udine
1990 Gallery Ferran Cano, Palma de Mallorca
1989 Gallery A4, Wels
1987 Künstlerhaus, Klagenfurt


Abstract Painting Now! Gerhard Richter, Katharina Grosse, Sean Scully..., Kunsthalle Krems, Krems
Maria Bussmann, Sevda Chkoutova, Karen Holländer, Suse Krawagna, Gallery Gölles, Fürstenfeld
kremsKUNST_1, museumkrems, Krems
2016 Augen-Blicke, Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus / Suha
Revue, Kunstverein Wiener Artfoundation / Büro Weltausstellung, Vienna
Parallel Vienna, Kunstbuero, Alte Post, Doninikanerbastei, Vienna
2015 Kleinbild, Kunstbuero / Amer Abbas Gallery, Vienna
Reasons to refer, T / abor / flux23, Vienna
Parallel Vienna, Alte Post, Dominikanerbastei, Vienna
Color Value Vienna # 1, Büro Weltausstellung, Vienna
2014 the future of painting, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg
Concrete - abstract, Parliament of the Republic of Austria, Vienna
2013 painting - luisa kasalicky, suse krawagna, martina steckholzer, Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt, Kunstverein Kärnten
Fathers_Daughters, Strabag Artlounge Special, Strabag Kunstforum, Vienna
Hotel Obir Reception, Hotel Obir, Bad Eisenkappel
2012 Abstraction and Subtraction, Gallery Lisa Ruyter, Vienna
Monday is only the day after tomorrow. Young Art on Paper, Acquisitions of the Kupferstichkabinett 1997-2012, Academy of Fine Arts, xhibit, Vienna
Reality and Abstraction 2 - Concrete and Reductive Tendencies from 1980 onwards, Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus / Suha
Dèjà-vu: imprévu, Insights into the Collection, Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt
2011 selected by: Philip Grözinger, Gallery Patrick Ebensperger, Berlin
Strictly geometric, Museum of Modern Art Carinthia, Klagenfurt
Signs, Museum for Source Culture, Klein St. Paul
2010 Fahrenheit, Kunstverein Schattendorf, Burgenland
Invitation, Gallery in the Freihausgasse, Villach
Abstract Painting, Gallery Goldener Engl, Hall in Tyrol
Thinking of P. Mießl, Gallery 3, Klagenfurt
2009 Gallery Ulysses, Vienna
Genuine Happiness - New Generation, Kunstbüro / Gallery Amer Abbas, Vienna
2008 K08 Emancipation and Confrontation - Art from Carinthia after 1945, Werner Berg Museum, Bleiburg, Carinthia
2006 Abstract Papers, Tresor at BA-CA Kunstforum, Vienna
Genuine Happiness, Kunstbüro / Kunsthalle 8, Vienna
No)) Kunstbüro Schadekgasse 8, Vienna
2004 21er, at the 20er Haus, Vienna
Lines on Paper, Upper Austrian State Museum, Linz
2003 Art must hang, project space Viktor Bucher, Vienna
From 9, Steinek Hall, Vienna
2002 5 Faistauer Award Winners 1987-1999, Museum of Modern Art, Passau
Within / without performances, Vienna International Apartment, Vienna
Women and Art - A Global Perspective, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah
2001 3 | 3 | 3 Intart, Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt
2000 Strict Chamber, Museum on Call, Vienna
A Rose, Salle de Bal, Vienna
1999 Anton Faistauer Prize, Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg
Austrian Graphic Competition, Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck
1998 Positions of Austrian Contemporary Art, Cultureel Centrum, Knokke, Belgium
Austrian Spotlight, Contemporary Art, Centre Albert Borschette, Brussels
1997 Römerquelle Art Competition, Gallery Station 3, Vienna
1995 9th Painting Symposium Werfen, Gallery in the Traklhaus, Gallery Academia, Salzburg
1993 here & there, Austrian Cultural Institute, New York
1992 Zeitschnitt 92 - Differences, Affinities, Fractures, Contemporary Art from Austria, Messepalast, Vienna
1991 All of us humans, Neue Galerie, Graz
1988 23rd International Painting Weeks, Neue Galerie, Graz
Looking ahead, Neue Galerie, Graz
1986 Römerquelle Art Competition, Gallery at the Stubenbastei, Vienna
1985 Romulus Express, Gallery Insam, Vienna