Cycle "seeing, smelling & squezzing" ©Paul Renner

Cycle "seeing, smelling & squezzing" ©Paul Renner

Paul Renner

Paul Renner’s idea of art demands a form of staging that goes beyond painting a picture and aims towards an intense sensuality. “For years I’ve been interested in painting that aims to create an intensive sensual experience. Form focuses perception on the materials represented. The mediums of the composition are food, plants, juices, and seeds, which are mixed with resin, wax, and paint. An herbarium emerges that dispenses with logic and scientific stringency as we understand it today.” – Paul Renner


Born in Bregenz in 1957, Paul Renner met Hermann Nitsch in 1976, for whom he then worked as an assistant until 1984. For years Paul Renner has explored profound solutions wherein painting is no longer the sole medium of the creative idea. In cycles devoted to specific themes he combines painting, literature, philosophy, nature, and the culinary.

He has presented projects in esteemed institutions like the Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Kunsthalle Vienna, the Houston Contemporary Arts Museum, the Contemporary Arts Institut Omaha, as well as the Leo Koenig Gallery (New York), the Galerie Konzett (Vienna), Imago Dei Festival (Krems) and Fondazione Morra in Naples.

solo exhibitions

2023Vorarlbergmuseum, Bregenz, AT
2022Nietzsche Dokumentationszentrum, Naumburg, DE
2022Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, USA
2021Kloster Neustift Vahrn, Brixen, IT


2021Imago Dei, Osterfestival, Krems, AT
2019IMAGO MUNDI Salone degli Incanti, Triest, IT
2019The Watermill Center at Spring Place, New York, USA