Leopold Strobl, born in 1960 in Mistelbach, Lower Austria, and who from a scarce biographic record comes across as a Kafka-esque figure — yet one who found definitive solace and redemption in artistic practice; the focused contemplation that keeps mental demons at bay. Strobl has devoted himself exclusively to art for more than 35 years, and for the past 12 he has been a guest of the Open Studio program at the Gugging House of Artists in Vienna. He draws in the morning and single-mindedly finishes a new piece per session. This aspect of his routine relates directly to his chosen format (most works are approximately 4.2 x 3.9 in.). Strobl always renders his drawings — or the component parts of his paper collages — on carefully selected newsprint clips, which he then adheres onto clean drawing paper. He signs the back of every finished work with a personal symbol, notes the technical specifications, and — remarkably — records how long it took him to complete it.
photo | brut : collection bruno decharme et compagnie, les rencontres d’arles in collaboration with abcd and the american folk art museum (new york), les rencontres de la photographie, mécanique générale, arles, from july 1st to september 22nd, 2019.
strange place for an encounter, thomas bernard - athletico cortex gallery, paris, from february 6th to 28th, 2018.
the projective drawing, curator : brett littman, autrian cultural forum, new york, united states, from february 6th to may 13th, 2018.
heterotopias : architectural dwellings, curator : matali crasset, christian berst art brut, paris, from december 2nd, 2017 to january 20th, 2018.
gugging! the crazed in the hot zone, christian berst art brut, paris, from september 2nd to october 14th, 2017.
in abstracto, christian berst art brut, paris, from june 8th to july 15th, 2017.
the golden ratio laws, works from the collection treger/saint silvestre, curator : antonia gaeta, oliva creative factory, são joão da madeira, portugal, from april 29th to september 30th, 2017.
art brut : a story of individual mythologies, works from treger saint silvestre collection, oliva creative factory, são joão da madeira, potugal, from june 18th to february 28th, 2017.
smallscapes, ricco/maresca gallery, new york, united states, 2016.
exhibition catalogue, photo|brut, collection bruno decharme & compagnie, abcd and the american folk art museum, flammarion ed., paris, 2019.
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.
exhibition catalogue, the golden ratio laws, works from the collection treger/saint silvestre, antonia gaeta, oliva creative factory, maiadouro, maia, 2017.