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"My themes are inspired by the dynamics of crowds, space and group behaviour. I see this way of expressing myself as the only way for self-control and focus on that what is relevant."



[lives & works - Daphne, AL ::: b. 1969 – Linz, Austria]


Inspired by awkward and uncomfortable social situations, Barbara Kuebel creates life-sized woodcuts that serve as a whole-body experience to the viewer. Although the monochromatic colors virtually pop from the paper, her aim is never to draw attention away from the monumentality of the picture. The creatures in Kuebel’s work are forced to connect with each other, forming knots and shapes that appear deformed at first glance. Freeing herself of the conventional techniques of woodcutting, Barbara Kuebel emphasizes her resentment towards traditional artistic representations. The figures are pioneers for the emancipation of traditionally accepted artwork. With the freedom to be whoever you want to be, the bodies on the pictures are nowhere near realistic. The contemporary view to realism is questioned as the figures on the canvas transform from the moment they are born. The bodies are uniquely intertwined, reflecting whichever fantasy the viewer sees fit. Much like the artwork, the audience is presented with a deep sense of individuality, possessing the ability to undergo indefinite change, and escaping the rigid constructs of society.


Artist Statement

I'm driven by spontaneous energy, nervousness and an attitude that "cannot wait". My themes are inspired by the dynamics of crowds, space and group behaviour. I'm specifically interested in peoples' experiences within "social" situations such as a queue or an elevator cluster.


My figures are not inevitably human but display transformed fluid aspects of being or gender and often show unrelated interactions. These works also display an irrelevance of environment and background - Totale Künstlichkeit - nichts ist echt. I have been working in a reduced pictogram-like style for many years and see this way of expressing myself as the only way for self-control and focus on that what is relevant. For me the technique of woodcut has a lot more in common with sculpturing rather than 2-dimensional work techniques. One word about colour: black is "matter" rather than "colour" in order to transport the monumental side of the figures - I though do use silver and red at times.


To add something on a more private note: I was born and raised in Linz, Austria. 1994+1995 Academy of Fine Art Vienna, MMag. art. class of Anton Lehmden/ Painting + class of Herwig Zens/ Art Education. Life stages in Switzerland, The Netherlands, Brazil and the United States. I live and work now in Daphne Alabama - US since 2018.


Curriculum Vitae


1994-1995 Academy of Fine Art Vienna

Psych (hons) degree from the Open University in the UK 

MS Degree (Psychology) from Walden University, Minnesota. 


Selection of exhibitions and participations

2022 "22 artists to collect in 2022" collection by Saatchi Art.

         "Artists to watch in 2022" at RiseArt. UK

          Artsinquare International Art Magazine,, selected artist;  

          Selected Artist, Shanghai International Art Fair. 2022.

2021  TOAF Chicago by Saatchi art, TOAF Dallas by Saatchi art, Tokyo International Art FAir 2021,

          Chicago, US; Dallas US, Tokyo Japan

2020  Group show, Søren Christinsen Gallery, New Orleans, LA 

          No Dead Artist group exhibition, Ferrara Showman Gallery, New Orleans, LA

          Selected Artist TOAF The Other Art Fair. Chicago, IL

          KAI LIN Art, group show,  Atlanta, GA 

          10th printmaking biennial douro Portugal

2019  Featured in the Saatchi Catalogues fall 2019+winter 2019 
          Graphic award/ Academy of Fine Art Vienna



Former member of Xylon Switzerland Member of "Die Kunstschaffenden" Austria Member of Xylon Austria