Contemporary/Thomas Riess


In his work Thomas Riess deals with humanity and its perception of reality and time in multimedia. In an analytical way he collects pictorial information and puts it in a different context. 

With partially abstract elements, his almost photorealistic figures and portraits experience a tense rupture. Especially in the era of social media, where self representation no longer creates any kind of identity, the faces of his protagonists are often changed beyond recognition and raise the question of authenticity. Through abstract interventions, Riess elevates his landscapes onto another level of perception. His work oscillates between reality and deception, event and memory, the foreseeable and the unpredictable, exposing realistic
painting as an illusion.



Thomas Riess was born in Zams, Tyrol (A) in 1970. He studied from 1995 to 2001 at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, class of graphics and visual media. After graduating from university, he moved to Innsbruck (A). Since 2009 he lives and works in Vienna (A).

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