about

Maria Schneider (1992, Graz) is a visual artist living in Graz. She attended the HTBLVA Ortweinschule Graz in the subject area of photography and multimedia art and graduated with the Matura in 2011. From 2015 to 2017 she also completed the master class for sculpture at the Ortweinschule Graz. In her artistic creative process, she prefers to work impulsively and always tries to allow herself improvisational creative freedom in the implementation of conceptual works. The attraction of spontaneous invention out of the moment and at the same time perceiving and observing everything that happens around her serves her as a creative design element. The reference to personal emotional processes usually forms the basis of her artistic works. Her works are mainly created in the fields of sculpture, installations, film, photography, graphics and sound. She is particularly concerned with the interface between installation and performative participation. However, she persistently tries to resist a precise categorisation of her works and expectations and therefore constantly expands her forms of artistic expression by exploring new techniques. She plays with the controlled loss of control that results from this in order to allow her own creativity its freedom and to continuously challenge herself anew. She is a member of the Graz art association “ROTER KEIL” where she currently also runs her studio.

Exhibitions/artistic activity:

2008 photo_graz 08, exhibited photographs
2010 photo_graz 010, assistance with the interactive installation
2010 Green Panther, video submission for the category “young creatives”
2011 City Hall Photo Gallery, part of Exhibition from Photography students Ortweinschule
2011 Galerie Lendl, part of Exhibition “Young photography from Styria”
2017 Ortweinschule Graz, Presentation of the final works of the master classes - room installation “lost and found”
2018 Designmonat Graz/Rostfest, “Desain” - interactive sculptures in collaboration with “some designers”
2018 Kunsthaus Weiz/Steiermarkhof Graz/Kristallwerk graz/MUMOK Vienna, stage design for “Der Frackzwang” a piece by Günther Brus realized by “das Planetenpartyprinzip”
2018 cultural initiative “Kürbis” Wies, scholarship - spatial installation “verschachtelt”
2018 music video for “Bird of the year - Elevator”
2019 cultural initiative “Kürbis” Wies - stage design for theater play “Odyssey”
2019 KiG! - Kultur in Graz, Mirror installation at the Queerograd Festival
2020 “second room” art café and utopia, Mirror installation
2020 KiG! - Kultur in Graz,
2020 <rotor> association for contemporary art, Installation “No. 544” for the exhibition “IN SUSPENSE
ALBEIT UNINTENTIONALLY—RATHER ACROBATIC”
2021 Kunsthalle Graz, Installation “Stone in focus” for the exhibition series “part of the game”
2021 “next” association for contemporary art, “Shrine” & “S.T.R.E.A.M.” - Landart project “SOURCES - QUELLEN” of the in Seckau
2021 KiG! - Kultur in Graz, part of the “walk the line” - city walks with artists, “_ziergang”
2021 Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb/Croatia, lecture and Landart workshop
2021 “ROTER KEIL”, spatial installation “TRIEB” in cooperation with Textile artist Belinda Winkler as part of the Exhibiton “HETZ”
2022 tiny exhibition/installation "Begegnungszonen"/"encounter zones", first part of "a niche project"
2022 Cuntra, “they asked totally useless questions”
Exhibition, painting "out of the blue"
2022 Cafe Wolf, Film premiere “home”
2022 Kombüse Graz, “wa²ch”, sculptural installtion
2022 Grafenbergalm, "Holz und Stein", part of landart residency project from "next - Verein für zeitgenössische Kunst" from Luise Kloos

Together with the art association “ROTER KEIL”:

2015 “Rostfest” in Eisenerz, art symposium
2016 Gothic Hall Graz, Room Instalation as part of the Exhibition “Opus Cuneigenum”
2016 “Lendwirbel” festival Graz, producing “Art in a cage” during the festival
2017 Exhibition (opened May 12) on the previously of BAN-Recycling used space
2019 Galerija Karas Zagreb, part of “Artists as Mentors” Exhibition, drypoint etching print “Egnul”
2019 “Lenwirbel” festival Graz, part of “KEILEIDOSCOPE” performance with Styronauten
2020 Luise Kloos Erasmus+ project with croatian art students, mentor activity/student support
2020 “KEIL Gallery” Graz, Group exhibition at the opening of the association’s own gallery, Collages “new buildings crash into cities like giant cruise ships” and “procrastination”
2021 “KEIL Gallery” and “Cuntra”, part of the Group Exhibition with the spatial Instalation “TRIEB”