Svenja Deininger uses the classic painterly medium of oil on canvas to create quiet works whose visual simplicity belies their pictorial power. Engaging with notions of form, composition and light, Deininger employs an experimental creative process to achieve aesthetic balance and an atmospheric sense of place in her works. Coating each canvas with several layers of under-painting, Deininger builds up her works organically, welcoming coincidences and mistakes as enriching, necessary artistic means.
Svenja Deininger was born in Vienna in 1974. She attended the Kunstakademie Münster in 1996 and studied with Professor Timm Ulrichs. In 2000, she commenced her studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Professor Albert Oehlen, graduating in 2003. Since then, Deininger has had solo exhibitions in Vienna, Berlin, Rome, and New York, including her first exhibition at Marianne Boesky Gallery, One Second Balance, January 17 – February 16, 2013. During the summer of 2012, Deininger was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria, and her work was also included in the group exhibition Das Doppelte Bild at the Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Solothurn, Switzerland, in the summer of 2013. Deininger received the Georg Eisler Award of the BA Kunstforum in 2010, the Strabag Award, Vienna in 2012, and a residency at WIELS, Brussels, also in 2012. She currently lives and works in Vienna.