Born in 1938 in Kirchau (Austria), Reisenbauer arrived at the Gugging when, shortly after his years in high school, he was diagnosed with psychosis. After 30 years of hospitalization in a pavilion for chronic illness, he was invited, in 1986, to come live in the Maison des artistes.
His drawings, most often small and drawn with black and colored pencils, invariably offer an almost serigraphic repetition of a subject that varies in miniscule details. He displays the same obsessive concern for order and balance in the most trivial daily tasks. Thus, when he is charged with the distribution of fruit to the residents of the Maison, the exercise is transformed into a veritable “installation” on the lunch table.
With the Walla, Hauser, Tschirtner and Fischer foursome, Reisenbauer has become, at the international level, one of the most emblematic artists of the Gugging.
heterotopias : architectural dwellings, curator : matali crasset, christian berst art brut gallery, from december 2nd, 2017 to january 20th, 2018.
gugging! the crazed in the hot zone, christian berst art brut gallery, paris, from september 2nd to october 14th, 2017.
art brut : la pulsion creativa al desnudo, graciela garcia, sans soleil ed., vitoria-gasteiz, 2018.
exhibition catalogue, heterotopias : architectural dwellings, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2017.
exhibition catalogue, gugging! the crazed in the hot zone, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2017.
ehibition catalogue, everything # 4, the museum of everything, london, 2011.
outsider art, from the margins to the marketplace, david maclagan, reaktion books, london, 2009.
animales, susi brunner, sammlung s. brunner, zürich, 2005.