Christian Eisenberger has always had a deep desire to be outside, for many reasons. He experiences nature as a limitless space, a place of freedom and spontaneity that offers undisturbed development and the possibility of escape, a place of longing for peace and quiet. Though Eisenberger also views »nature« critically – »In our latitudes we have to speak of industrial landscape« he says. »The treatment of the soil is, after all, warlike.« – his works are nevertheless based on the implied origins and essentiality of nature. Playful and bold, Christian Eisenberger's works simultaneously convey transience as well as humour and easyness. In contrast to macabre and grotesque jokes, they radiate a childlike joy in playing and experimenting outdoors.
Photographs is all that remains, for his artwork will fade away eventually. The camera is Christian Eisenberger's canvas for landscape painting. Be it pinecones or branches, Eisenberger takes most of his materials from the sources of nature. Whereas Eisenberger's cardboard figures find their audience incidentally in the city, he is usually his own audience in the nature. At the same time, he repeatedly incorporates himself into his works: standing almost naked in a star-shaped gap of a frozen pond, wearing a red jacket and green cap and peering through a sheet of ice, or balancing in tall grass with a cross painted on his back.
Christian Eisenberger was born in 1978 in Semriach, Styria, and lives and works in Vienna. After studying Painting at the Ortweinschule, Graz, he earned his degree in Transmedia Art with Brigitte Kowanz at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, in 2008. Eisenberger was a resident in Ahungalla, Sri Lanka (2013) and Kuberton, Croatia (2016). His work has been presented in numerous international solo and group exhibitions, including Painting: Process and Expansion, Mumok, Vienna (2010), Der nackte Mann, Lentos, Linz, Becoming, 2nd Colombo Art Biennale, Colombo, Sri Lanka and TEAPOT, Armory Show, New York (2012), Der Menschheit Würde..., MUSA, Vienna (2014), instant edition. Editions/Multiples, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Destination Vienna, Kunsthalle Wien, Berlin-Klyndyke: 1. Berlin-Edition, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin and Dark Ages, AEROPLASTICS contemporary, Brussels, Mumok, Vienna (2015), Prière De Toucher, Der Tastsinn der Kunst, Museum Tinguely, Basel (2016), Opening exhibition Dommuseum Wien, Vienna, and Young Austrians, Chengdu, China (2017), KUNSTPORZELLANKUNST, Dorotheum, Vienna (2018), COLA BIER ENTE HERR TEE 9975- 15413-32682, Kunsthalle Gießen, Gießen, SEHN SIE TIEF 9975-15432-32718, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna (2020).
Eisenberger has received several awards, such as the Förderungspreis des Landes Steiermark für zeitgenössische bildende Kunst (2006), the Viennafair Award - best booth winner (2008), the New Position Award, Art Cologne (2009), and the Hilde Goldschmidt Prize (2016).