Wolfgang Walkensteiner is an old friend of the Grolitsch family. Erich Grolitsch was one of the first to appreciate and to support the young talent. Over the time Wolfgang had become a welcome visitor at Grolitsch’s house. In 2013 Erich’s sons Nils and Tobias invited an artist to Ukraine.
It was in winter and Wolfgang was a witness of an old Christian tradition of ice hole diving. This inspired him to create a series of pictures, which he called «A Foreign Body».
This collection was exhibited later that year at Eurogold‘s 10th anniversary in Zhytomyr. In October 2013 Nils and Tobias organised Walkensteiner’s personal exhibition in the Center of Contemporary Art M 17, Kyiv.
Wolfgang Walkensteiner is an Austrian painter. He was born in 1949 in Klagenfurt. From 1967 to 1968 he studied architecture with Norbert Schlesinger at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna, 1968 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna with Max Weiler. In 1974 he received the Austrian State Fellowship for Fine Arts.
Since 1972, Walkensteiner has been a member of the Kunstverein Kärnten, since 1994 a member of the society of visual artists in Vienna. From 2000 to 2002 he was a Cultural Adviser for the Fine Arts of the Land of Carinthia. From 2000 to 2009 Vice-President of the Kunstverein Kärnten.
Walkensteiner lives and works in Vienna.