Gerhard Leixl

born 27.10.1961 in Straß/Styria, Austria.

1971-74 Vienna Boys Choir, musical training and international concert tours.

1981-82 Studies of Art History and Philosophy at Karl-Franzens-University Graz.

1982-84 Master School of Painting in Graz, Austria.

1984-92 University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria, studies of painting and experimental art with Maria Lassnig, Hubert Schmalix, C.L. Attersee.

Diploma received January, 1992.

Photography studies with Friedl Kubelka-Bondy, Rudi Molacek, eastern academy of photography.

1992-93 Academy of Arts in Münster, Germany with Timm Ulrichs (sculpture, conceptional arts).

1993-94 Viennese Projects in art & therapy, University of Applied Arts Vienna with Karl-Heinz Menzen, Project development for the Austrian Youth and Family Ministry, Institutions for Handicapped Aid, Drug Recovery & Prevention.

Congress workshops and presentations, f.e. University Tübingen, Germany, „Interdisciplinar Art Therapies“ (1994)

1994-95 Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna with Michelangelo Pistoletto (sculpture, conceptional arts, „progetto arte“, living art).

1995 directing seminar with Peter Greenaway, Filmklub Münster, Germany.

1997-98 Filmschool Vienna with Virgil Widrich and Academy of Movies in Vienna by Linda Seeger (screenplay training and forum).


Works and artistic interventions in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation and performance.

Art in public and social space.

Conceptions and Cooperations in the fields of art,  -communication,

art & therapy, art & architecture & design, music, theatre and film.

Since 1986 art teaching, art intervention, consulting & guidance, art & therapy projects with children, young and old persons, private and institutional.

1996-2002 Highschool teacher in art and crafts.

Since 2003 art & architecture project development and cooperations.

2009-2013 art and playing therapy, training and life guidance with a multiple handicapped child (autistic, legasthenic, ADHS, mental and physical handycapped; long term study).

Since 2010 Associate to „KreArtivRaum LALIBELA“ art and art therapy courses and projects with children, young and old.

Since 2013 founding member (curriculum) and lecturer at Art&Therapy M.A. Studies at Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversity Vienna and Berlin.


Since 1990 national and international exhibitions, f.e.: New Gallery at the Museum Joanneum Graz/Austria (1990); Operahouse Essen/Germany with „Spectacle 92“  (1992); Exhibition Foster Award for Contemporary Arts at the New Gallery Graz (1993); Exhibition „Zierschlacht“ at the Museum of Military History, Vienna/Austria (1993); „Alpha Black and White“ at the National Gallery Bangkok/Thailand (1994); „Monument“, Sculpture in Public Area, Mauthausen/Austria (1995); „Insurgentes“, Mexico (1999/2000); „SOHO in Ottakring“, Vienna (2000/2001); Installation at the Technical Museum, Vienna (2003); Performance “Art Moscow 04”, Moscow/RUS (2004); Video Lecture & presentation at Anna Achmatova Museum, St. Petersburg/RUS (2004); „Radical local“ and „strange cargo“, Museumsquarter Vienna, Vienna (2005/2006); „Ex sampling“ Photography, Vienna Artist House, Vienna (2006); “Firetango“ at the Lower-Austria-Country-Exhibition „Fire and earth”, Waidhofen/Austria (2007); „With my eyes“, Academy of applied arts Vienna (2007); „Kunstklausur“, Styrian Art Foundation, Stift Rein, Graz (2008); „ArtAussee 09“ with paintings, sculptures and installations, Bad Aussee/Austria (2009); Project „Butoh“, Museumsquarter Vienna (2010); Retrospective solo exhibition paintings, Gallery Czaak, Vienna (2012); Paintings and sculptures from the cycle „Metamorphoses“, Gallery Czaak, Vienna (2013); Single Exhibition paintings, „Art Austria“, Leopold Museum, Vienna (2014+2015), „Talking heads“, Gallery Czaak, Viennafair, Art Campus Artweek, EisenerzArt, single Exhibition Gallery C (2015); „Springtime“, „Austrians Art“ Gallery Czaak (2016), “Art Karlsruhe 2017”


Between 1997 und 2004 various movie-projects, a.o.: „Planetenreise“ (Academy of applied arts, Vienna); „Christmas in Vienna“ (TV-channel W1, Vienna, 1997); „Insurgentes“ (Mexico and Austria, 1999/2000); „Hope“ (Russia and Austria, 2004).

Works in collections or owned by: Museum Joanneum Graz/Austria, New Gallery Graz, Styrian Art Foundation, National Art Gallery Bangkok, Country-Hypothekenbank Styria, Country-Hypothekenbank Tirol, Collection Hoffmann-La Roche; Art in public space: Foundation Michelangelo Wien, Mauthausen OÖ, Palais Kinsky Vienna, Hotel Europa Vienna, Chiang Mai Thailand.

Various national and international private Collections.