|1952||Born in Graz, Austria|
|1971||to 1976; Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts (Maximilian Melcher) in Vienna.|
|1978||First exhibition Galerie Ariadne, Vienna. He has had numerous domestic and international exhibition.|
|since 1987||lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.|
|1997||Aappointment as Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria.|
"Hubert Schmalix (born 1952 in Graz, lives in Los Angeles and Vienna) is among the most prominent Austrian painters who became at a very early state internationally renowned, e.g. with his participation at aperto 80, the Venice Biennial. Together with Siegfried Anzinger, Erwin Bohatsch, Herbert Brandl, Alois Mosbacher a. o., he was one of the most important representatives of "New Painting" in the 1980s. In the art of the 1960s/1970s, mainly conceptual currents and new media had been booming. In a counteract the "New Painters" turned to the "traditional" media of painting. The decisive factor here was a re-definition of the aesthetic conditions examined principally in the area of figurative-representational tendencies. The sounding out of the possibilities found expression in Schmalix' work in different œuvre phases. The works from the end of the 1970s - still life, landscape, nudes and portraits - are marked by an increased intensity in color and an expressive style. In the mid 1980s the female nude became a dominant subject following a several months lasting visit to the Philippines. These are isolated figures in a flat, decorative style with pure glowing colors inspired by Asiatic woodcuts. In 1987 Schmalix moved to Los Angeles. Through his encounter with the works of the American Westcoast painting his artistic vocabulary was extended in the 1990s: He produced pictures of Christ with the touch of Mexican folk art, and cityscapes of Los Angeles that follow a geometry of ordered urbanisation and point in the direction of color-field painting. In his recent work Schmalix has withdrawn from this colorist wealth, increasing the lyrical note and works again - in addition to (hunting) still lives - on the theme of the female nude. This latter is used above all for the expression of erotic fantasies of bondage rituals that can be seen in the tradition of the Japanese photographic artist Nobuyoshi Araki.
With this solo exhibition the Neue Galerie Graz provides a broad perspective on the work of Hubert Schmalix who has continued his course as a painter consistently down to the present."
Christa Steinle - Universalmuseum Joanneum, Neue Galerie Graz