Biography and Texts

Anton Kitzmüller was born in Linz in 1966. At the beginning he studied painting and graphics at the Art University Linz and found a mentor in Fritz Aigner. Then he switched to the University of Applied Arts Vienna and graduated in Wolfgang Hutter´s master class for painting with an early diploma in 1989.


His work has been shown in more than 250 exhibitions in Austria, Germany, Italy, Poland, Belgium, France, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United States. The works are in numerous collections, such as the Rudolf Leopold Collection, Museum Leopold Vienna or the Leonie von Rüxleben Collection, Museum St. Annen Lübeck.

International Art and Antiques Fair Vienna 2015


In his series of paintings “Café-Bar-Interieur” interiors begin to take place of human beings. They are replaced by furniture as an allegory for mental emptiness and problems in communication. As a linguistic term for the expression of contemporary mood Anton Kitzmüller now uses the style of  “New Objectivity”. But in contrast to this style he uses strong light- and shadow effects as well to create a feeling of transcendence, which is inherent his work. The new meaning provoked by the mythic aura of rooms and objects, juxtaposes with striking, near photorealistic effects, allowing us to look under the smooth surface and imparts meaning, comprehensible in terms of depthpsychology.
In the latest cycles of paintings the interior is still the subject, but is extended by the integration of symbolic details. Among plants and still life objects, as well as the re-integration of human beings, so called “Homages” in the form of picture-in-picture quotations, they gain in textual importance. As we now see, contemporary art has reached the point of developing: “The Quotation in Postmodernism”, a status of development that Anton Kitzmüller had also reached long before it was fashionable, but always with his own form of expression.The reintegration of human beings in Anton Kitzmüllers paintings seems to be an admission to the current “New Figuration”. But it isn’t. The superficiality and garrulity of this new trend is opposed by Kitzmüller with unity of forms, content and expression, and now also the human being can be seen as an intermediary of sensibility and spirituality.
In this newest cycles of paintings for the first time Anton Kitzmüller hasn´t reproduced real rooms, but has instead configurated situations in imagined spaces. Through its spiritualization transmitting to the viewer they became “Rooms of the Soul”, like building up ones own world of images, as was always the prescribed aim of Anton Kitzmüller´s art from the beginning. Now it becomes a way of expressing for humanistic and philosophical imaginations. In some of these paintings, it offers a view out of the window combining interiors and natural landscapes; the chance of a possible reversal counteracts the feeling of emptiness and loneliness induced by the interiors. This is art within psychoanalysis.
Taking this into account, we can say that Anton Kitzmüller,  in respect of theory and practise, style and content as well as in his analytic expression,  is a builder of bridges between the past and the future, a keeper of forgotten or displaced experiences of the “Old Masters”, and demonstrates in our times, how this experience can be used creatively and absolutely today and in the future.

A Builder of Bridges for the Future, from Catalog Bandoneón, Maria Buchsbaum, 2005