Bakerhouse Gallery
Graz / Berlin

Julia Hanzl

The main subjects of her work are head sculptures with bizarre and powerful facial expressions....
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Biography

Born in Vienna in 1982, sculptor Julia Hanzl comes from a family of artists. She graduated from the University of Vienna and also studied several semesters at the University of Applied Arts in the ceramics department. However, she taught herself her technical knowledge about sculpture making primarily self-taught, with the help of videos and books by well-known figurative sculptors, as well as anatomy books.

She is known for her ceramics, mixed-media sculptures, porcelain and bronze editions, and her ceramic sculptures in conjunction with taxidermy. Many of her sculptures depict human-animal hybrids that embody the complexity of human emotion and behavior and can be understood as psychological portraits.

The artist uses her sculptures like a second language that allows her to address themes, to address them without words, and thus to make taboo areas accessible to viewers.

Central motifs in her works are death, sexuality and perception - perception of other people, but also her own perception as an artist. Accordingly, her sculptures are often also self-portraits, in which the goal is to want to understand relationships and motivations of people and to observe and question oneself in this process.

In this respect, the sculptures are a means to an end, inviting the viewer to also engage in this process Her usual working method is to produce solid sculptures on metal armatures, starting from paper sketches.

Working with clay and metal armatures, especially in the early stages, is an extremely physical process that requires full physical commitment from the artist, and completion often takes several weeks to months. Each ceramic sculpture is hollowed out, leaving only a shell a few centimeters thick of what was previously a compact piece of clay.

The sculptures are then fired in a kiln and the ceramics are then painted with casein paints. In addition to her independent artistic work, she has completed numerous commissions in recent years, such as portraits and the realization of her sculpture "Eve & Eve" in porcelain for the Viennese porcelain manufactory Augarten.

She currently lives and works in Mödling near Vienna.

Exhibtions

2019
#epicwomen
Bakerhouse Gallery - Graz, Österreich
#epic opening - Bakerhouse Gallery 2.0
Bakerhouse Gallery - Graz, Österreich

2019
AQUA ART MIAMI 04/12/2019
Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139
FAIR FOR ART VIENNA 05/10/2019
Assembly Hall of Sciences, Wollzeile 27a, 1010 Vienna
BALTIMORE ART, ANTIQUE & JEWELRY SHOW 29/08/2019
Baltimore Convention Center, One West Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21201
MARKET ART + DESIGN BRIDGEHAMPTON 05/07/2019
Bridgehampton Museum, 2368 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton, NY 11963
ART VIENNA – INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 15/03/2019
Kogresszentrum Hofburg Vienna, Heldenplatz 1010 Vienna
BESTIARIUM @ RED CARPET SHOWROOM KARLSPLATZ 01/03/2019

2018
TYPE BRUT 16/05/2018
Galerie Gugging, Am Campus 2, 3400 Maria Gugging
TABOO ZONES – GIULETTA DEL CONTE & JULIA HANZL 02/03/2018
Art of Life, Waaggasse 10, 1040 Wien

2017
FAIR FOR ART VIENNA 07/10/2017
Assembly Hall of Sciences, Wollzeile 27a, 1010 Vienna
ART EXHIBITION LOOKING FORWARD – UNTIL 40 25/09/2017
Schloss Tabor, Neuhaus am Klausenbach
ART BODENSEE – FAIR FOR CONTEMPORARY ART DORNBIRN 21/07/2017
Dornbirn
WOMEN’S WORK – ART BY WOMEN 07/05/2017
Treadwell Gallery
JULIA HANZL VOTED FOR LOWER AUSTRIAN OF THE YEAR 15/03/2017

2016
EARTHLY DELIGHTS – CELEBRATING THE INSPIRATIONAL ART OF HIERONYMUS BOSCH 01/09/2016
Nicholas Treadwell Gallery, Grosse Neugasse 18/1, 1040 Wien
CROSS THE LINE 19/03/2016
KH5 Gallery Zurich
ART AUSTRIA 2016 10/03/2016
Leopold Museum, Wien

2015
SIGNS OFT THE EIGHT 07/12/2015
Phantasten Museum Wien, Palais Palffy
LABYRINTH OF REALITIES 24/11/2015
Ursulinenhof Linz
LA CAVE SHOW ROOM GALLERY 30/10/2015
La Cave Gallery, Paris
„ACCESSOIRE FUNÉRAIRE –THE ART OF BURIAL 28/10/2015
Stephansdom/Künstlerhaus/Bestattungsmuseum
WHO KILLED SMILEY? 17/10/2015
Subway station Karlsplatz, Vienna
WILD CREATURES 15/10/2015
Subway station U2 Volkstheater, Vienna
PHANTASTIC VENUS 26/07/2015
Viechtach/Bavaria (Germany)

2014
SINGLE EXHIBITION @ ZIWNA 01/12/2014
Galerie Ziwna, Vienna
WOW! 20/11/2014
Nicholas Treadwell Gallery, Tabak Fabrik, Linz, Austria
ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW 24/06/2014
Sala Terrena, Ferdiandihof, Wehrgasse 30, 1050 Wien, Austria
”ART AUSTRIA” ART FAIR 30/04/2014
Leopold Museum, Museumsquartier Vienna
CLAY? V 21/03/2014
Kirkland Arts Center, Washington, USA

2013
KISS MY ART 24/10/2013
The Treadwell Gallery, Tabak Fabrik, Linz, Austria
SIGNS AND WONDERS 27/09/2013
Kapfenberg, Austria
SEEING THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL 10/06/2013
Optiker Hartmann, Singerstraße 8, 1010 Vienna