Martin C. Herbst

Born in Salzburg in 1965.

He studied painting at the Hochschule Mozarteum from 1984-1989, and later relocated to Vienna, where he resides today.  

Martin C. Herbst is an Austrian painter, whose work focuses on an elaborate reevaluation of art historical themes and theories of classical portraiture and human figures.

His "subjects" are individual but at the same time portray the best work of their epochs. The traditional intent to display the distinctive likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person is combined with witty and often unexpected forms of representation. Faces appear on spheres and look like caged moonfaces. They are distorted when painted on curved panels, but look "normal" if the viewer perceives them from a certain point of view. Or they are painted very traditional, but exist in multiple versions.

His virtuosic, often monumental figurative paintings and objects appear paradoxically, at times cool, distant, mediated as well as present and vivid. Herbst carefully avoids narration or any illustrative visual discourse, while convincingly exploiting his potential as an impressive colorist.

Solo Exhibitions

2017    Art Palm Springs, Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts

            Art Karlsruhe, Die Galerie

            Einfach GroßARTig (group), BEGE Galerien Ulm

2015    WUNDERKAMMER, Várfok Galéria, Budapest, Hungary

            Martijn van Wenen, Wanrooij Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2014    Take my eyes, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, Canada

            Afterimage, Juan Ruiz Gallery, Miami, USA

2013    Der Schöne Schein; GPL contemporary, Vienna, Austria

            Wahre Illusion; Fischerplatzgalerie, Ulm, Deutschland

            Martin C. Herbst, Boloix Fine Arts, Ketchum/Idaho, USA

2012    Strange days, Jacob Karpio Gallery, San José, Costa Rica

            Vom Sein und Schein der Welt, Várfok Galéria, Budapest, Hungary

2011    Metamorphosis, Mark Hachem Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

            Precious, Mark Hachem Gallery, Paris, France

2010    Traces, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, Canada 

            Garden of Delights, Fischerplatzgalerie, Ulm, Germany

            Metamorphosen, T-40 Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany

2009    Most már dereng, Várfok Galéria, Budapest, Hungary

            Ariodante, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY

 

Group Exhibitions

2016    Störpunkt, Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, München: half a pound of art

2015    Várfok Galéria, Budapest, Hungary: Varfok Gallery´s 25th Anniversary Exhibition

            Várnegyed Gallery, Budapest, Hungary: Várfok 25  – a selection from 25 private contemporary art collections

            Juan Ruiz Galeria, Miami, USA: up with diversity!                                

            Mana Contemporary, New York: Here’s Looking Back at You: Images of Woman

            Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, Binghampton NY, USA: Eleven Years

            Boloix Fine Arts, Ketchum/Idaho: summer exhibition

            Galerie LeRoyer, Montreal: summer collective

            Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, Canada: Summer 

            Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, Binghampton NY, USA: Palm Springs Fine Art Fair

            Wanrooij Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: AAF Brussels

            Wanrooij Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: AAF London

            Fischerplatzgalerie, Ulm, Germany: Art Karlsruhe 2015

            Wanrooij Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Art Miami New York

            Wanrooij Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Art Silicon Valley

            Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, Canada: ArtFair Köln

            Várfok Galéria, Budapest, Hungary: Art Market Budapest

            Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, Binghampton NY, USA: Context Art Miami

            Jacob Karpio Gallery, Bogotá: Scope Miami                                 

2014    Wanrooij Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: opening Amsterdam 2014

            Fischerplatzgalerie Ulm, Germany: 30 Jahre Fischerplatzgalerie

            Wanrooij Gallery, Arnheim, The Netherlands: Realisme 14 (Amsterdam)

            Juan Ruiz Galeria, Miami, USA: art wynwood 

            Wanrooij Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands                                          

            Wanrooij Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: AAF New York

            Wanrooij Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: AAF Amsterdam

            Wanrooij Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Scope Miami                        

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Scope Miami

            Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, Canada: Art Toronto

            Wanrooij Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Hamburg

2013    Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto,Canada:Winter Solstice Painting Extravaganza

            CAP-Exhibition Space Kuwait: Body Variances, Five European Sculptors

            Kunst Palais Liechtenstein: GrauRand

            Várfok Galéria, Budapest, Hungary: Diving Lines

            Collective exhibition, Mark Hachem Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

            Winter group show, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto fairs:

            Wanrooij Gallery, Arnheim, The Netherlands: Realisme 13 (Amsterdam)

            Wanrooij Gallery, Arnheim, The Netherlands: Art at the Warehouse (Rotterdam)  Juan Ruiz Galeria, 

            Miami, USA: art wynwood                                        

            Wanrooij Gallery, Arnheim, The Netherlands: Art 2013 (Utrecht)

            Wanrooij Gallery, Arnheim, The Netherlands: SCOPE Basel

            Juan Ruiz Galeria, Miami, USA: Art Miami

2012    Claire Oliver Gallery, New York: Beyond Bling, The artist as Jeweler

            GPL Contemporary, Wien: Halali: Die Jagd nach dem Zeitgenössischen

            Fischerplatzgalerie, Ulm: schwarzweiß weißschwarz

            Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto: Summer Group Show 

            REÖK, Szeged:Kontrazstok vonzásában / attracted by contrasts

            Fischerplatz Galerie, Ulm: WinterARTigkeiten

            Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto: Armory show, New York

            Juan Ruiz Galeria, Maracaibo, Venezuela: art palm beach 

            Mauger Modern London: India Art fair

            Juan Ruiz Galeria, Maracaibo, Venezuela: art wynwood

            Fabian & Claude Walter Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland: Scope Basel

            Juan Ruiz Galeria, Maracaibo, Venezuela: FIA Caracas 

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: ARTBO, Bogota

            Juan Ruiz Galeria, Maracaibo, Venezuela: Art Miami

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Scope Miami

            Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto: Art Miami

            Várfok Galéria, Budapest, Hungary: Art Market Budapest

2011    Die Galerie, Frankfurt am Main: Figurative Kunst aus Österreich

            Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto: Bakers Dozen

            Fabian & Claude Walter Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland: TWENTY – FIVE

            T-40, Düsseldorf, Germany: 7th anniversary

            Fischerplatzgalerie Ulm: SommerARTigkeiten

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Jacob Karpio Who

            Dvorac sec contemporary, Prague: No borders – Appeal to heaven

            Mark Hachem Beirut: Epilogue

            Juan Ruiz Galeria, Maracaibo, Venezuela: art palm beach

            Mauger Modern London: London Art Fair

            Juan Ruiz Galeria, Maracaibo, Venezuela: Scope New York

            Mauger Modern London: Scope New York

            Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto: Art Chicago

            Juan Ruiz Galeria, Maracaibo, Venezuela: FIA Caracas 

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Scope Basel

            Fabian & Claude Walter Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland: Scope Basel

            Mauger Modern London: KIAF, Korea

            Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto: Art Toronto (sculpturfield)

            Fabian & Claude Walter Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland: Kunst Zürich

            Regis Krampf Gallery New York: Istanbul Contemporary

            Juan Ruiz Galeria, Maracaibo, Venezuela: Art Miami

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Scope Miami

2010    Várfok Galéria, Budapest: Crescendo

            Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe - MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, 

            Jacksonville, FL

            GPL Contemporary, Wien: neue und etablierte Positionen

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Miami International Fair

            Fischerplatzgalerie, Ulm, Germany: Art Karlsruhe 

            Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, Canada: Art Chicago 

            Juan Ruiz Galeria, Maracaibo, Venezuela: FIA, Caracas

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Scope Basel

            Fabian&Claude Walter Galerie Zürich: Scope Basel

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: ARTBO, Bogota

            Juan Ruiz Galeria, Maracaibo, Venezuela: ARTBO, Bogota

            Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, Canada: Art Toronto

            Fabian&Claude Walter Galerie Zürich: Kunst Zürich

            Regis Krampf Gallery New York: Istanbul Contemporary

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: SCOPE Miami

            Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, Canada: SCOPE Miami

            Juan Ruiz Galeria, Maracaibo, Venezuela:Art Miami

2009    Fabian&Claude Walter Galerie Zürich: The Beautiful Painting Show

            T-40 Galerie, Düsseldorf: 5th Anniversary

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Los Angeles Art Show 

            Mike Weiss Gallery, N.Y.: Scope New York

            Mike Weiss Gallery, N.Y.: Chicago Art Fair

            Fabian&Claude Walter Galerie Zürich: Scope Basel

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Scope Basel

            Várfok Galéria, Budapest: Art Vilnius

            MITO, Barcelona, Arte Santander

            Fischerplatzgalerie Ulm: Art Bodensee

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Artbo, Bogota

            Várfok Galéria, Budapest, Hungary: Budapest Art Fair

2008    Galerie Bailly Contemporain, Paris: phobea

            SPUR projects, Portola Valley, CA

            Five Year Anniversary Show, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY

            Várfok Galéria, Budapest, Hungary: MIS-EN ABYME (KÉP A KÉPBEN)  

            Fischerplatzgalerie, Ulm, Germany: Ganz schön ART-ig: LECKERBISSEN III

            T-40 Galerie, Düsseldorf: Summer Jam

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Scope Miami

            MITO,Barcelona, Spain: Art Madrid

            Fischerplatzgalerie, Ulm, Germany: Art Karlsruhe

            Mike Weiss Gallery, N.Y.: Scope N.Y.

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Art Brussels

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Scope Basel

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Balelatina Basel

            Fabian&Claude Walter Galerie Zürich: Scope Basel

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Scope Hamptons

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Artbo, Bogota International Art Fair, MITO, Barcelona, 

            Spain : Scope London

            Fischerplatzgalerie, Ulm, Germany:10. Art International Zürich

            Galerie Bailly Contemporain Show Off , Paris

            Galerie von Braunbehrens, München, Germany: Kunst Zürich

            Várfok Galéria, Budapest, Hungary: Budapest Art Fair

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Scope Miami

            Mike Weiss Gallery, N.Y.: Scope Miami

2007   Leonhard Ruethmueller Contemporary, Basel, Switzerland: Art Miami

            Leonhard Ruethmueller Contemporary, Basel, Switzerland: Palmbeach3

            Fischerplatzgalerie,Ulm,Germany: schwarzweiß- weißschwarz

            Fischerplatzgalerie, Ulm, Germany: Art Karlsruhe

            Várfok Galéria, Budapest, Hungary: real-irreal

            KunstHausWien, Vienna, Austria: Malerei der Gegenwart: Zurück zur Figur

            Dayton Art Institute, Ohio

            Huntington Museum of Art, WV

            Sioux City Art Center, Iowa

            Galerie von Braunbehrens, München, Germany: KIAF, Seoul

            Leonhard Ruethmueller Contemporary, Basel, Switzerland: Art Moscow

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: arteBA, Buenos Aires

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Scope Basel

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Artbo 2007, Bogota

            Leonhard Ruethmueller Contemporary, Basel, Switzerland: modern 07, München

            Leonhard Ruethmueller Contemporary, Basel, Switzerland selection 07, Moskau

            Fischerplatzgalerie,Ulm,Germany: ART.FAIR 21, Köln

            Várfok Galéria, Budapest, Hungary: Cologne Fine Art, Köln

            MITO,Barcelona, Spain: arte Lisboa, Portugal

            Várfok Galéria, Budapest, Hungary: Art.Fair, Budapest

            Jacob Karpio Galeria, San José, Costa Rica: Art Basel Miami Beach

2006    MITO,Barcelona, Spain CAP-I-CUA

            Rudolf Budja Galerie/ Artmosphere Salzburg: AMADEUS – MADEUSA

            Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL, USA: Life as a Legend - Marilyn Monroe

            Rudolf Budja Galerie/ Artmosphere Wien: Art Miami

            Rudolf Budja Galerie/ Artmosphere Wien: palmbeach3

            Rudolf Budja Galerie/ Artmosphere Wien: 10th International Art Fair Moscow 

            Leonhard Ruethmueller Contemporary, Basel, Switzerland: art.fair, Köln

            Várfok Galéria, Budapest, Hungary: plug - contemporary art show Budapest

2005    Rudolf Budja Galerie / Artmosphere – Salzburg: “Beauty 

            Galerie Kulterer/Schloß Wolfsberg /Austria “Wiesionen - Zeitkunst“

            Galleria Juris and Perl, Venice, Italy

            Centro Cultural de la Villa Madrid; Claustro de Exposiciones del Palacio,Provincial de Cádiz; 

            “Marilyn, una vida de Leyenda“

2004   Rudolf Budja Galerie / Artmosphere Salzburg "Love" 

            Reales Atarazanes de Valencia – Spain; Vakko Beyoglu Art Gallery, Istanbul,

           “Marilyn, una vida de leyenda”

2003   Artmosphere Vienna "The Last Supper"

           "Marilyn. The life of a legend", County Hall Gallery, Galerie Levi, Hamburg 

2001   Christine König Galerie, Vienna: "Ich Tarzan – Du felix Austria?"

 

Biography

2010  Mozartkugel in einem verspiegeltem Menschenbild, Roland Mayer, 31.1.2010 ,Neu Ulmer Zeitung

            Bilder der Tochter, Käppeler, SWP, 15.2.2010

2008  "Lincoln Center Through these eyes",The Metro, March 28-30, 2008

            Ayers, Robert. “ Scoping out Scope”, ARTINFO, March, 2008

            200799 Faces, Austria

2007   “Martin C. Herbst, speculum spectaculum (mirror miracles)“, Florian Steininger, Vernissage, Juni 2007

           “Speculum sprectaculum“ de Martin C. Herbst, Art Neutre, 3.5.2007

            “Die Aura der Augen“, Roland Mayer, Neu Ulmer Zeitung

            “Martin C. Herbst bei Ruethmueller“, Annemarie Maag, MZ

2006  Speculum-spectaculum, published by MITO, Barcelona, 2006

            Cap-I-Cua, published by MITO, Barcelona, 2006

2005  Angelus, published by Rudolph Budja Galerie / Artmosphere, Vienna 2005

            “(Wie) neu geboren“, Hartwig Bischof, Die Furche, 10.3.2005

            “Engel fahren nicht mit dem Fahrrad“, Claudia Aigner, Wiener Zeitung, 18.3.2005

            “Martin C. Herbst, Redierunt angeli oder there must be an angel, playing with my heart“

            Günter Holler-Schuster, Vernissage

2004  Madonna in Art, published by Chacer Press, London, 2004

2003  Faces, published by Artmosphere, Vienna 2003 

           Marilyn Monroe: Life of a Legend, published by Galerie Levy, Hamburg, 2003

           1996 M.C. Herbst,  published by Galerie Gerlich, Salzburg 1996