Bernhard Rappold

My studio is where I want to spend most of my time. My habitat. Always too small no matter how big it is, I make it small with chaos, but the chaos again, I try to cultivate, like a little garden, so that the things there can grow to inspire me once again.

What I do in one sentence: Painting paintings, building guitar sculptures, making sound, and painting paintings again, and in between that, I do different things.

Why I didn’t get a proper job: I guess I never wanted to / out of luck.

An artwork I dream of and I would get accomplished if space, time and money were abundant: I dream of places & spaces to install and show my art. I do the works right now.

Why I do what I do: An inner need to express myself through drawing has always been there with me… since my early childhood.. Drawing has been something natural, like a game, or my favourite toy… a pencil or a pen and paper… My father and 2 of my uncles were working for a paper/cartonboard factory, so at home or at my grandmother’s place, there has always been plenty of big cartboard sheets… It was introduced as something to use for me… to play with it. I can remember that I had a birthday party with friends, I guess I was 5 years old.. After cake, I said ‘now we play’, and that meant that everybody got paper and pencil and I thought we all would be happy to do drawings… well, I was wrong.. the others thought that was boring.. I somehow never lost interest in it until today.

Artists, I have on my watch list (and why): Marie Aly – amazing painter. Shai Yehezkelli – great painter & dear friend. Anastasia Bay – I love her recent paintings. Felix Leon Westner – great performance artist, golden voice. Tschabalala Self – wonderful artist. Josep Maynou – beautiful soul. Carroll Dunham – I love his figurations. Felipe Talo – my brother. Katharina Höglinger – great painter. Carlos Vasconcelos – another brother, does best videos I know. Bill Traylor – just amazing.

I am afraid of many things, sometimes.

How I want to be buried resp. words I want to be written on my tombstone: I love you too!