Tone Fink

Born on 1 January 1944 in Schwarzenberg, Vorarlberg, Austria.

Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts (with Prof. Weiler and Melcher) in Vienna.

Lectureship at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg.
Draftsman, painter, object maker, performance and film artist.

Prize of the City of Vienna for Fine Arts.
Honorary Award of the Province of Vorarlberg for Art
Award at Handwerk und Form, Bregenzerwald
Constance Art Prize

Tone Fink scribbles and glues, he cuts and spatulas, he layers and grinds and writes something on it, he scratches, tears, punctures the paper, he crafts and builds objects and performs with them and is filmed and creates films himself. And finally, he does something amazingly conventional: he draws and paints. And sometimes passes on what he does as a teacher.

A sentence by Joseph Beys is important to him: "Art = man = creativity = freedom." And further: art is "revolt", "riot", "anarchy" Tone Fink quotes great artists of the 20th century. And he sticks to this.

The artist has childish traits. And just because he takes art particularly seriously, he pretends not to take it particularly seriously. But that is deceptive.
To conclude: Tone Fink has been to Beijing, Cairo, Berlin, Tokyo, Prague and so on with his works.

(Text excerpt Dr. Peter Huemer)


2003-04, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 cm

Exhibition view galerie gölles TONE FINK

"the best of everything"


1996, acrylic, mixed media on canvas, 140 x 100 cm


Solo exhibitions (selection):

Albertina, Secession and Museum of Modern Art in Vienna;
Rupertinum, Künstlerhaus, Galerie im Traklhaus, Galleries Ropac and Academia in Salzburg;
Kulturhaus in Graz; Künstlerhaus Thurn und Taxis in Bregenz; art associations in Bregenz, Heidelberg, Unna and Flensburg;
Folkwang Museum, Essen; Lake Constance Museum in Friedrichshafen; New Gallery of the City of Linz; Museum Gallery Bolzano;
Galerie Nothelfer, Berlin; Galerie Holtmann, Cologne; Stampa, Basel; Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky, Vienna; Galerie Lang, Vienna;
Gallery Heike Curtze, Vienna; Gallery Gölles, Fürstenfeld; Gallery Ishikawa, Tokyo; Gallery Aoi, Nagoya; C. Art Gallery, Dornbirn;
Galerie am Lindenplatz, Vaduz; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Vorarlberg; MAK-NITE and Textile Exhibition, Vienna etc.

1998/99 Biennale in Cairo

2005 Biennale in Beijing
2005 "round leather worlds", Martin-Gropiusbau-Berlin
2006 "artone" pattern-patterns between art and fashion at MAK, Vienna and mak-nite, "paperporn with squat-throne object ornament".
2007 Group exhibition in Tulln, Minoritenkloster "art of seduction".
2008 Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, (Max Ernst u. die Welt im Buch)
2010 Art Association Constance
2016 "Drawing into Space", Traklhaus Salzburg

Books (selection):
"Zwischen den Bildern", Edition Splitter Vienna; "Sehstücke" and "Strichfindlinge", Rainerverlag Berlin; "PandÄmonium" and "Maikäferdompteur", Edition Freibord Vienna and Nothelfer Berlin; "Telefonbuch", Museum mod. Kunst Vienna; "Zeitrisse", Albertina Vienna; "Machart" and "Tone Fink"(Bregenzer Kunstverein) Triton Verlag Vienna; "Weissbleich", "Arbeiten auf Papier", "Weiss Heute" and "Skulpturale Bilder", Verlag der Apfel Vienna;
Cover designs (samples) for gift books at residenzverlag, St. Pölten

Art films (selection):
"Narrohut"; "Katijubato;" "Aus der Luft gegriffen"; "Fliegenfängerfahnen"; "Falter 4"; "Was das Zeug hält"; "Roll Over"(Cairo Biennale);

Numerous actions and performances at international festivals, such as the Styrian Autumn, the Bregenz Festival, the Vienna Festival, Munich Film Festival, Vienna Children's Museum, Graz 2003, Quadriennale, Prague 2003.