Gottfried Salzmann

Austria 1943

Painting, Collage

Gottfried Salzmann
Gottfried Salzmann
May 10, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

As well as being one of the most well-known contemporary artists hailing from Salzburg, Austria, Gottfried Salzmann is a painter whose talents and creativity know no limits. A great technical virtuosity in watercolors, along with his use of dramatic motifs, are what make Salzmann’s oeuvre astonishing. In a career that encompasses over four decades, the artist has become widely recognized for his eye-catching artworks depicting some of the world’s most famous cities including Paris, New York, and London.

Gottfried Salzmann - San Francisco, 2011
Gottfried Salzmann – San Francisco, 2011

Watercolour of the Cityscapes

Widely recognized for his watercolor paintings of skyscrapers and apartment buildings inspired by his visits to the world’s major capitals, Salzmann often uses a wide range of techniques simultaneously, bridging the gap between watercolour and collage, between photography and drawing. In his practice, the artist does not only paint, but treats the paper in an artistic way, scratching, scraping, drying, wetting, and drying it again, so his pieces aren’t just paintings, but verge on the sculptural. Using his own unique visual language Salzmann depicts the changes in society and architecture from an original point of view. Streets, parks, architecture, and public surfaces of cities like New York or Paris are the main motifs the artist deals with expertly.

Salzmann often uses a wide range of techniques simultaneously

Background and Retrospective in the Salzburg Museum

Gottfried Salzmann was born in 1943 in Saalfelden, the Austrian state of Salzburg. He became interested in art at the age of twelve when he told his parents that he wanted a book about painting for Christmas. He obtained his degrees from the National School of Arts, Vienna in 1965 and from L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris three years later. Since that time, his work has been included in over 150 solo shows throughout the world. In 2003, for the artist’s 60th birthday, the Salzburg Museum organized a retrospective exhibition of the artist’s oeuvre including the key work complexes.

Gottfried Salzmann - New York, 2011 (Left) / Paris, La Defence, 2008 (Middle) / Paris, Die Kamine, 2008 (Right)
Gottfried Salzmann – New York, 2011 (Left) / Paris, La Defence, 2008 (Middle) / Paris, Die Kamine, 2008 (Right)

A Master of Watercolor

Inspired by the work of English landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, as well as Kokoschka, Klimt, Hradil, and Hundertwasser, Salzmann has been painting in the watercolor medium for over forty years. His work is now included in the collections of such notable museums as the Albertina Museum, Vienna, the Museum of Salzburg, Musée de la Ville de Paris, the Royal Museum of Lichtenstein, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila and the Museum of Seoul, Korea. Amongst being a master of watercolor, he also explores new artistic disciplines and mixes photography with collage, acrylics with printed material, and much more.

The artist is represented by Joël Knafo Art Gallery.

Gottfried Salzmann lives and works between Paris and Vence, France.

Featured image: Gottfried Salzmann – artist portrait, photo credits – People Check
All images © the artist and Galerie Welz

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Gottfried Salzmann in New YorkFranklin Bowles Galleries, New York City, USASolo
2015Gottfried SalzmannJoel Knafo Art, Arles, FranceSolo
2015Gottfried Salzmann – Stadtlandschaften von Paris nach New YorkGalerie Wolfgang Exner, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2013Gottfried SalzmannGalerie Welz, Salzburg, AustriaSolo
2013Gottfried SalzmannFranklin Bowles Galleries, New York, USASolo
2013CityscapesGalerie 48, Lyon, FranceSolo
2013Recent worksGalerie Arcturus, Paris, FranceSolo
2013AtmospharenSalzburg Museum, Salzburg, AustriaSolo
2013Nicole Bottet, Gottfried SalzmannGalerie22, Cabrieres d’Avignon, FranceGroup
2013Vater_TochterSTRABAG Art Lounge, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2012Gottfried SalzmannKubinhaus Zwickledt Museum, Wernstein am Inn, AustriaSolo
2011Nicole Botter - Nieves - Gottfried SalzmannGalerie Welz, Salzburg, AustriaGroup
2011Salzmann + SalzmannFischhorn Castle, AustriaGroup
2011The Schomer Haus in the Essl MuseumEssl Museum, Klosterneuburg, AustriaGroup
2009Lentos Art MuseumBest of Austria, Linz, AustriaGroup
2008The City of Salzburg - Views from Five CenturiesThe Salzburg Museum Neue Residenz, Salzburg, AustriaGroup
2008UnknownL'Espace Raymond Moretti, Paris, FranceGroup
2007One Man's Tribute to September 11thAustrian Embassy, Washington, D.C., USAGroup
2006Gottfried SalzmannSalzburger Museum, Carolino Augusteum, Salzburg, AustriaSolo
2006Gottfried Salzmann. New York, New York. Print WorksGalerie Welz, Salzburg, AustriaSolo
2006Gottfried Salzmann. Book Presentation & New WorksGalerie Wolfrum, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2005Gottfried SalzmannGalerie Welz, Salzburg, AustriaSolo
2003Gottfried SalzmannSalzburg Museum, Salzburg, AustriaSolo
2001Gottfried SalzmannMusee de St. Maur, La Varenne, FranceSolo
1999Gottfried SalzmannMetropolitan Museum, Manila, PhilippinesSolo
1999Gottfried SalzmannMuseum of Modern Art, Rupertinum, Salzburg, AustriaSolo
1998Gottfried SalzmannPalais Benedictine, Fecamp, FranceSolo
1996Nicole Bottet Gottfried SalzmannCentre d'Art Contemporain, Rouen, FranceGroup
1993Gottfried SalzmannMusee de la Seita, Paris, FranceSolo
1991Gottfried SalzmannOberosterreichisches Landesmuseum, Linz, AustriaSolo
1987Gottfried SalzmannSchweinfurt Municipal Collection, Schweinfurt, GermanySolo
1982Gottfried SalzmannAlbertina Museum, Vienna, AustriaSolo
1973Gottfried SalzmannMaison de la Culture, Amiens, FranceSolo