The Austrian artist began his education as a fashion designer in Vienna, went thereafter to Italy, where he attended Accademia Italiana Moda in Florence. Some years later he continued his art studies in New York and Germany. The wide range of perceptions, coupled with experiences in foreign cultures enriched and expanded his vision of art, that shapes his personal and distinctive style.
Herwig Maria Stark has a habit of pointing out the trigger points of our western society. With a cynical brushstroke, he captures the indifferent helplessness that constant overload and draining emptiness leave in people.
The constant pursuit of “THE way of life” comes with a prize and leaves the modern social being alone with their inner conflicts and outer decadence. Restless souls in a world of illusions: strong but fragile, demanding but vulgar, smart but desperate, fun-loving but burned out, ambitious but lonely.
His works manifest the chronic identity crisis of a white, capitalist society, stressed by aimlessness and lack of imagination. The immortal heroes of bourgeois worlds are always present: our role models, decals, clichés, pin-ups, all dusty, battered, strained—small visions that shine in new splendor.
Fashion School in Schloß Hetzendorf - Vienna, Austria
Accademia Italiana arte moda design – Florence, Italy
Studies in painting under Irina Nakhova – New York, USA
Studies in painting under Prof. Franz Graf, Akademie der bildenden Künste – Vienna, Austria
Studies of the Techniques of the old masters, Akademie Faber-Castell – Stein near Nuremberg, Germany
Studies of the Techniques of the old Italian masters under Angel Ramiro Sanchez, The Florence Academy of Art – Florence, Italy
International design diploma, Accademia Italiana arte moda design – Florence, Italy
Award for the Best Men´s Collection 1996 by the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture – Vienna, Austria
1st award Lorenzo il Magnifico at the 5th Florence Biennale 2005 – Florenz, Italien
2nd award of the Jury at Internationale Biennale für Bildende Kunst Austria 2006 – Hüttenberg, Austria
On occasion of Art Contest On Web 2008–2009, the artwork THE DOLL was awarded with the 1st prize by the jury of the Concilio Europeo dell’Arte – Venice, Italy
Award International Biennale Artists Miami 2014, Nina Torres Fine Art – Miami, USA
Finalist of Premio Marchionni. Concorso internatzionale d’arte comtemporanea 2017 – Sardinia, Italy
Museo MAGMMA – Museo d’arte grafica mediterraneo Marchionni – Villacidro, Italien / Italy
Jan Kossen Foundation – New York, USA
Fondazione Opera Campana dei Caduti – Rovereto, Italien / Italy
Van Abbe Museum – Eindhoven, Niederlande / Netherlands
Paul Getty Foundation – Siena, Italien / Italy
Trierenberg Art – Traun, Österreich / Austria
Biennale Austria, Verein zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Künstler*innen – Wien, Österreich / Vienna, Austria
Concilio Europeo dell’Arte – Venedig, Italien / Venice, Italy
Unione Cattolica Artisti Italiani – Venedig, Italien / Venice, Italy