Johanna Binder

  • Austria (b. 1985 in Salzburg)
  • Currently in Vienna, Austria.


My work investigates the medium of painting, its formal characteristics and fundamental constitution.

Because a painted image can only exist upon the three-dimensional object of an image carrier, I see paintings as both flat and object-like simultaneously.

These opposing characteristics - the painting's flatness and three-dimensionality - ought to be perceived equally, yet independently. Although they are mutually reliant and form a unity within the medium of the painting, they should not be confused, and should be understood as decidedly distinct if reciprocal elements of the painting. 

Any three-dimensional representation on the surface of the object impedes the viewers perception of its flatness, and deflects their attention from its natural objecthood. It also negates the essential nature of the surface, on which painting as a procedure fundamentally relies.

The same is true of shapes rendered within the borders of the surface, since the original shape of painting is constituted by the margin of the image carrier itself.

For these reasons, the surface of the painting must remain visually laminar and the particular body of the image carrier (its shape, thickness, etc.) must be acknowledged as an object itself.

Thus painting can be presented to viewers in accordance with its innermost constitution.

Because of the objecthood imposed by the image-carrier, I do not consider painting as separate from sculpture, even though it has its own microcosmic rules and properties that are distinct from those of sculpture. In order to achieve a profound comprehension of the medium of painting I thoroughly deconstruct its components for the sake of examining their assignments and mutual relatedness. This deconstruction also enables me to arrange the fundamental elements of painting in a new order or discuss them as independent objects.

Therefore I simultaneously operate with pictorial and sculptural methods.


Born 1985 in Salzburg

2006-07   Fine Arts/Painting, Kunstuniversität, Linz/Austria

2007-13   Fine Arts/Painting and Animation, Universität für angewandte Kunst, Vienna/Austria

2011        Transarts, Universität für angewandte Kunst, Vienna/Austria

2012        Fine Arts, Kunstakademie, Münster/Germany

2013        Diploma Universität für angewandte Kunst, Vienna/Austria

Exhibitions 2015:

Investigative Painting, Chimera-Projects, Budapest/Hungary


Lieber Klaus!, MUFUKU, Weibern (solo)

Time and space, NPAK/ACCEA, Jerevan/Armenia

Parallel, altes Zollamt, Vienna

Young art auction, Albertina, Vienna

Liebe endet wie Märchen beginnen, Flat 1, Vienna

#Painting. About, around and within, Galleria Upp, Venice/Italy

Papier 1, Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg

Schweissgequält zündet Typograf Jakob verflixt öde Pangramme an, Friday Exit, Vienna

Inter Spaces, Studio Tommaseo, Triest/Italy

Papier 1, Salzamt, Linz


Das Exponential, Ausarten, Vienna

Vienna Calling, HDLU, Zagreb/Croatia

Grenzüberschreitend, Künstlerforum, Bonn/Germany

29.930, Kunstverein, Salzburg

Tragflächen, Herminengasse 1, Vienna (solo)

The Essence, Künstlerhaus, Vienna

Aufstellung, Skulpturinstitut, Vienna

To rank first among similar paintings, die Ausstellungsstraße, Vienna

Animate it!, KRO ART contemporary, Vienna

A7, Hafentor 7, Hamburg/Germany


JCE Biennale, Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg

JCE Biennale, Bratislava City Gallery/Slovakia

Situaktion, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna

Werkschau, AUSARTEN[], Vienna (solo)

JCE Biennale, Kunsthaus Hamburg/Germany

JCE Biennale, Klaipeda Exhibition Hall/Lithuania

Räumung, Palais Kabelwerk, Vienna

AN:Ordnungen, Liquid Loft Studios, Vienna


METAmART, Künstlerhaus, Vienna

Young Art lounge, Zürcher Kantonalbank, Vienna

JCE Biennale, La Fabrique, Paris/France

Zum wilden Schnauzer, Showroom Generalicenter, Vienna (solo)


Die Wilden und das Tier, Galerie Studio 18, Vienna

Fear, Galerie Hrobsky, Vienna

Wo der Pfeffer wächst, Kornhäuslvilla, Vienna (solo)

Is there a transformation? Kunstraum Praterstrasse 15, Vienna


The Power of Love, Kongresshaus Stockholm/Sweden

Von wo hin, Galerie Stiegenhaus, Langenlois


2015 Artist in residence, cité des arts, Paris/France

2015 Artist in residence, Klaipeda Exhibition Hall, Klaipeda/Lithuania

2014 Award (Anerkennungspreis) roter Teppich für junge Kunst, Vienna

2014 Artist in residence, VCCA, Virginia/USA

2013 Young european artist trieste contemporanea award/Italy

2013 Studio program, Weisses Haus, Vienna

2013 Studio grant Landesateliers Salzurg, Land Salzburg

2012 Working grant Kulturfond Stadt Salzburg

2012 Artist in residence, Paliano/Italy, Land Salzburg

2011 Scholarship international Summeracademy Salzburg 


2014 Inter Spaces, exhibition catalogue, Trieste Contemporanea/Italy

2014 Formales Territorial - Johanna Binder, Galerie im Traklhaus Salzburg

2012 JCE contemporary art, exhibition catalogue, JCE Forum/France

2012 Räumung, exhibition catalogue, Palais Kabelwerk, Vienna

2010 Auf der Schwelle, Universität für angewandte Kunst, Vienna