Bernhard Gwiggner, Ao.Univ.Prof. Mag. Mag.

Contract Teaching Sculpture / UF Visual Education

  • Alpenstraße 75/III (Room: L03041)
  • 5020 Salzburg

Bernhard Gwiggner is a visual artist - born in 1963 in Wörgl. He lives and works in Salzburg.

He mainly works in the areas of sculpture, drawing and video. Objects and installations are expanded to include participatory procedures, also in public space, which sometimes convey decidedly political claims (Nazi era, prison ...). Again and again, large series of characters emerge in which, on the one hand, wisdom literature (Dao de jing, Revelation of John ...) or other cultures (China, Bulgaria, USA) are discussed.

He studied “Art Education” and “Crafts Education” at the University of Music and Performing Arts Mozarteum in Salzburg from 1981 to 1987. From 1989 to 1994 he deepened his knowledge by studying sculpture with Prof. Bruno Gironcoli at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

1994 he was able to contribute his experience as an art teacher at various Viennese secondary schools as a sculpture assistant to Prof. Ruedi Arnold at the Mozarteum University as part of the study of “Art Education”.

Already during his studies he was involved in the “Austrian Student Union”, which has now been continued for more than 20 years as a representative of the so-called mid-level staff in institute conferences, department or department meetings, curriculum commissions, various working groups, etc.

He was elected to the Senate three times, during which he also served as a spokesman for the mid-level staff for a period. Since 2012 he has been a member of the works council for artistic and scientific staff and is currently its deputy chairman.

Since 1983 he has regularly participated in numerous exhibitions; he has received prizes and grants, has taken part in symposia and conferences and particularly appreciates the intensive involvement with other cultures in the context of artist-in-residence stays (Paris, China, Bulgaria, USA).

From 2017 to 2020, as professor for “Artistic Education for Artistic Practice (Teaching)” at the Innsbruck location, he rebuilt the “Artistic Education” for the Mozarteum University.

Since autumn 2020 he has been working again as a sculpture assistant in the Department of Fine Arts and Design.