Fritz Panzer, b 1945

born in Judenburg / Styria

lives and works in Vienna

1960 – 1962 School of Arts and Crafts in Graz

1962 – 1963 School of Arts in Linz

1964 – 1971 Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (master classes of Gütersloh, Mikl and Hollegha)

1972 – 1973 Scholarship (of the Federal Land of Styria) for Rome

1977 Scholarship (of the Austrian State) for Painting

1990 Award for Art Sponsorship of the City of Graz

1996 teaching at Wredow’s School of Drawing in Brandenburg

1997 Prize of the Federal Land of Styria

2000 – 2002 teaching at Technical University of Innsbruck

2012 Prize of the City of Graz

2014 Prize of the City of Vienna

Fritz Panzer is a Vienna-based artist. All throughout his career, Fritz Panzer has followed the same approach in his works with different media. In the 1970s Fritz Panzer started creating sculptures that were replicas of furniture and objects on a scale of one to one.
His work offers an interesting experience that asks the viewer to rely on their own memory and recognition to complete the works, referring to outline drawings and to gestural drawings creating the volume of an object through his total silhouette.
New spaces come into being, in which the artist makes an escalator, stepladder or desk grow out of the world and likewise into it, holding them poised between visibility and invisibility. Panzer gives us the lines and our minds will create volume by presenting, for example, his wire works, including the “Pianino” (2010), as well as several drawings and paintings. In the words of Sarah Heigl in ‘The Walk in Drawing’: “We have two objects in front of us, which do not complete nor exclude each other, who are no more or not yet the Other (Roland Barthes). (…) By extending the drawing into three dimensions, the creation of the ‘walk-in drawing’, our impression is reinforced to be dealing with objects dwelling an intermediate world.”

PROJECTS – ART IN PUBLIC SPACE (SELECTION)

2011 filament sculpture (spiral staircase), Polytechnic Training College, Salzburg
2006 communion table, St Oswald, Kapfenberg, Styria
2005 filament sculpture (14:30), MAK – Contemporary Art Tower, combat tower in Arenbergpark, Vienna (permanent installation)
2005 filament sculpture, Old University of Graz (permanent installation)
2005 seating sculptures, LandArt – artistic intervention, pleasure ground and flood plain of manor house Gleinstätten, Styria (permanent installation)
2005 design of noise protection walls for the motorway at Prenning, Styria
1997 windowpanes for the church of Fatima in Graz (together with Gunter Damisch)
1993 communion table, St Oswald, Röthelstein, Styria
1992 mural inside the conservatoire of Graz
1991 mural inside the elementary school of Ranten, Styria

SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

please take a look at the German version