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Attending the Gugging workshop (Austria) for the past ten years, he finds in creation a comfort and redemption, a way to keep his mental demons at bay. His small-format colored pencil drawings, crafted on landscape photographs found in newspapers, are similar to magnetic portals. Graphite contaminates the scenery as if to reveal its strangeness. Present in the collections of the MoMa (New York) since 2018, his work was presented the following year in the exhibition Photo Brut at the Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles.

leopold strobl, gugging - © marco prenninger, christian berst — art brut
Date 1960 —
Pays Austria

Leopold Strobl has always been an artist, from his earliest days in school. For over thirty-five years, he has dedicated his life exclusively to the making of his art and spent twelve years working at the open studios at the Gugging Center near Vienna.

Today, Leopold Strobl is married and lives in Lower Austria. “I have to do it day and night… paint the green of the sky,” he affirms when asked how he feels while making his drawings.
His creative process is unchanging: he choses a pattern in a newspaper—a photograph or drawing—and completely covers it with colored pencil, focusing primarily on the black areas. And then comes the sky, always green. To finish, Strobl defines the border between the blackness and the sky. Once his image has been reworked, he delicately glues it to a piece of drawing paper and signs the work in pencil with his personal symbol. The signature is formed using his name and a heart containing a cross with emanating rays. This particular symbol is very important to him as he is a pious man. Furthermore, his drawings have no titles—a body of work that speaks for itself.

For him, art is synonymous with communication. Through his work, he is able to express what is both essential: tranquility, intensity, and peace. Leopold Strobl is very grateful for the gift he has received, for his particular talent; he is happy to be able to respond to his artistic impulses and the resulting discussions.

There is something particularly captivating about viewing Leopold Strobl’s works. You can lose yourself in that moment, but ultimately emerge in a better state. His works reflect the freedom of an artist who through line and pure forms, gives the viewer a certain measure of direction that is difficult to describe. “Sometimes I feel a bit strange, as though I don’t belong in this world,” says Leopold Strobl.

In 2018, the MoMA acquired Strobl’s work for its permanent collection.

Œuvres
Pour découvrir les œuvres disponibles, merci de nous contacter.
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 2018
7.5 x 7 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 2018
7.7 x 10.9 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 2015
9.8 x 9.5 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 2015
10.3 x 20 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 2018
8.2 x 8.4 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 2014
6.5 x 10.5 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 2018
9.2 x 6.2 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 2015
19.9 x 6.6 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 2018
7.7 x 6.7 cm
Catalogue
Gugging the crazed in the hot zone
Catalogue publié à l'occasion de l'exposition *Gugging : the crazed in the hot zone*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2017. - © christian berst — art brut

Avant-propos : Christian Berst.
Publié à l’occasion de l’exposition Gugging : the crazed in the hot zone, du 2 septembre au 22 octobre 2017.

Expositions
in abstracto #2
à la galerie. Du 5 mars au 6 juin 2020.
Photo Brut
coll. Bruno Decharme & co, Rencontre d'Arles. Du 1 juillet au 22 septembre 2019.
Projective Drawing
par Brett Littman, Drawing Lab, Paris. Du 28 juin au 20 septembre 2019.
visionary architecture
oliva creative factory. Du 14 mai au 15 juin 2019.
ART BRUT
La Pinacothèque, Luxembourg. Du 26 janvier au 15 juin 2019.
Voir plus
galeristes #3
art fair, Le Carreau du Temple. Du 30 novembre au 2 décembre 2018.
drôle d’endroit pour une rencontre
galerie Thomas Bernard - Cortex Athletico. Du 16 au 28 février 2018.
hétérotopies
architectures habitées, à la galerie. Du 9 décembre 2017 au 20 janvier 2018.
gugging !
the crazed in the hot zone, à la galerie. Du 2 septembre au 21 octobre 2017.
in abstracto
à la galerie. Du 8 juin au 15 juillet 2017.
Les lois du nombre d’or
Oliva Creative Factory, Portugal. Du 29 avril au 30 septembre 2017.
Art Brut
A Story of Individual Mythologies , Collection Treger Saint Silvestre, Portugal . Du 1 janvier au 26 février 2017.
vue de l'exposition *in abstracto #2*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2020. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
vue de l'exposition *visionary architecture*, triennale d'architecture de lisbonne, œuvres de la collection treger/saint silvestre, oliva creative factory, são joão da madeira, portugal, 2019. - © oliva creative factory, christian berst — art brut
vue de l'exposition *drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre*, galerie thomas bernard - athletico cortex, paris, 2018. - © galerie thomas bernard - athletico cortex, christian berst — art brut
Revue de presse
les galeries parisiennes en mode numérique
Anne-lys Thomas, The Art Newspaper Daily. Le 10 avril 2020.
coronavirus: les galeries d’art passent en mode virtuel
Guy Boyer, Connaissance Des Arts. Le 27 mars 2020.
christian berst, la nature irréductible de l’art brut
Tom Laurent, Art Absolument. Le 27 septembre 2018.
hétérotopies, architectures habitées
La Rédaction, Le Vadrouilleur Urbain. Le 29 novembre 2017.
Collections
The Museum of Modern Art
États-Unis
collection Antoine de Galbert
France
collection Treger Saint Silvestre
Portugal
collection Amr Shaker
Suisse
Leopold Strobl

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