Wolfgang Semmelrock | artist

Wolfgang Semmelrock, was born in Austria in 1971 and raised in Germany. He lives and works in Vienna and in Chicago.

Coming from a background in architecture, he was particularly interested in experimental architecture and above all in inflatable structures and objects. He worked for artists like Jeff Koons and Gerwald Rockenschaub and soon developed and exhibited his own works. Inspired by geometrical structures, he started his career by creating inflatable objects such as the CUBE, which draw on the energetic and physical principals of life and the universe in general, at the same time exploring the invisible psyche and the unconscious mind. The onset of a myopathy caused him to intensify his search for self-awareness and to deepen his personal experience. His paintings are an expression of these processes which also inform his creative output. In Asian calligraphy, martial arts, ZEN meditation and archery, transpersonal psychology and art therapy he found the teachings to aid him in a better understanding.

In 2001, he held his first exhibition presenting and performing inflatable objects at the Museum of Contemporary and Applied Arts in Vienna, at the same time studying East Asian calligraphy with a Japanese ZEN master in San Francisco. These two forms of expression, painting as well as developing and experimenting with inflatable objects, are still dominating his artistic work today. His keen interest in painting brought him to the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago and resulted in an exhibition of his inflatables at the MCA Warehouse for Art Chicago in 2009. He continues to work in Chicago and to travel between the United States and Europe, exhibiting at home and abroad.