To decipher Stefan Gletter’s work, one must understand life in Central Europe in the 1980s and 90s. Born in the Austrian province of Styria in 1980, he grew up on a farm in Shrink-to-Fit-Jeans with siblings, a bouncing ball, books, trees, animals, the Rubik’s Cube, and a Walkman. Later on came the Gameboy, Baywatch, Trainspotting, Nirvana, Pulp Fiction, Rave, Grunge, Nokia and Sony. In the early 2000s he studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

Gletter makes paintings, plastics and sculptures that are stubbornly analog, defiantly rough, purely humanistic, affectionately sentimental, and profoundly haptic. His oeuvre is one that precisely translates human impulses into form. Determined by an unbiased observer attitude he describes his approach as a “voyeuristic act between life, art and artificiality.” The familiarity of things and their haptic attitude, which is quite often the beginning of the abyss leading in detail to areas of fetishism, is a starting point for many.

A general knobby playfulness occupies a large space in Glettler’s work process. He consciously mixes aesthetic codes and genres, re-contextualizing materials to realize tactile surfaces. In regards to form, Gletter cognizantly positions his painterly work within the reference-network of Color Field Painting, whilst his plastic oeuvre emerges from postmodern object art.

The “Jagging” paintings, for example, formalize through multiple masking during the painting progress. His plastics are shaped associatively by pre-digital features and experiences. In his object series “dancer”, for example, the classic concept of sculpture is expanded to include a performative character.
Stefan Glettler lives and works in Vienna/Austria.


1980 geboren in Graz

2000–2005 Studium der Malerei und der Grafik an der Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien
Er lebt und arbeitet in Wien.

Ausstellungen (2006–2022, Auswahl)


Morgenlicht, Museum Pfeilburg, Fürstenfeld, AT
Lost in Space, Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus, AT
Resonanzen, NÖDOK, St. Pölten, AT

Wesen Kreaturen Kapitel 1: Auf einer Beschädigten Erde, Graz, AT


Ortart 2021, Stieglerhaus, St. Stefan ob Stainz (AT) 

Sommerausstellung, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz (AT)

ausgestellt, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz (AT) (solo)
International Drawing Biennale 2020, National Gallery of Kosovo, Pristina (KO)

deep field, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz (AT) (solo)
INSIDE OUT, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz (AT)
Stefan Glettler // Stefan Kreuzer, Galerie Gans, Wien (AT)

Edition #o1, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz (AT)
PARALLEL Vienna, Wien (AT)

Non Government Art, Knoll  Galerie,Wien (AT)
Come Closer, Stranger, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz (AT) (solo)
Where are we going?, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz (AT)

The World Rearranges Itself Around You, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz (AT)
Dance with me, Massolit, Budapest (H) (solo)
Don’t Panic It’s Organic, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz (AT)

not for sale, mo.ë, Wien (AT)
rötlichgrün, gelblichblau, KHG, Graz (AT) (solo)
tauweiss, Kabinett Galerie Straihammer und Seidenschwann, Wien (AT) (solo)
Das ist der Schatz, Kunstverein Eislingen, Eislingen (DE)
a likeness has blisters, it has that and teeth, Semperdepot, Wien (AT)
The Unwritten, mo.ë, Wien (AT)

meine Herde, Loft 8, Wien (AT)
Fluxus, vienna contemporary gallery, Wien (AT)
on painting_sechs: und jetzt tanzen, PINACOTECA, Wien (AT)
content art, ambientartlab – laboratory for digital art and interactive media, Karlsplatz, Wien (AT)

habit goes club-u, Otto-Wagner-Pavillion am Karlsplatz, Wien (AT) (site-specific installation)

along the street, atelier35, Bukarest (RO)
5 Biennale der Zeichnung, Kunstverein Eislingen, Eislingen (DE)
Realität und Abstraktion II, Sammlung Liaunig, Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus (AT)

hunt the hunter, Flat 1, Wien (AT)
habit au theatre café Picolo, Theatercafe Picolo, Österreichisches Kulturforum Paris, Paris (FR) (site-specific installation)
…und Paris liegt manchmal an der Mur, Akademie Graz, Graz (AT)
cartes postales à Reykjavik, Heimay (IS)
on-line – Schnittstellen österreichischer Zeichnungen, Galerie artepari, Graz (AT)

Innenansichten 07, Stadtmuseum Graz, Graz (AT) (solo)
lambart pro.phet, Stift St. Lambrecht, St. Lambrecht/Murau (AT)
Stefan Glettler, Österreichisches Kulturforum Prag, kuratiert von Jiri Sevcik, Prag (CZ)
MUSA Startgalerie, Museum auf Abruf, Wien (AT) (solo)
Aquarellhappening Tux 2000-2009, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck (AT)

Wettbewerbsausstellung Förderpreis bild. Kunst 2008, Neue Galerie Graz, Graz (AT)
Das Narrenschiff, Stadtwerkstatt Linz, Linz (AT) & St. Andre Kirche, Graz (AT)
Kopflos – Gepflanzt, BIZ: Business- und Innovationszentrum St. Pölten, St. Pölten (AT)
1st Danube Biennale, Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava (SK)

Kunststoffkunst, Nöart, St. Pölten (AT)
habit im Jenseits, Tanzcafe Jenseits, Wien (AT) (site-specific installation)
alice, Akademie Graz, Urania-Galerie im Palais Trauttmansdorff, Graz (AT) (solo)
Beauty Island, Fenster C, Wien (AT)

Sechs Bildhauerpositionen, Galerie Merkle, Stuttgart (DE)
Radikal Deko, Blogger Apartement Berlin, Berlin (DE)
ZIFFT, swingr, Wien (AT) (solo)
Alle Tiere im Wald, swingr, Wien (AT)
wolf, swingr, Wien (AT) (solo)
Frischfaser. Arbeiten auf Papier, Soho in Ottakring, Projektwerkstatt SOHO, Wien (AT)

Diplomarbeiten 2004/2005, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien (AT)
Rok Rew, Gruppenshow, Wien (AT)
S/W, Forum Stadtpark, Graz (AT)


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