About the artist

Julia Hanzl

Wien, Österreich

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 of 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 engage in this process as well 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.


Exhibitions and Fairs

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