*1957 in Vienna, Austria.
Lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
"In the last twenty years a remarkable Viennese scene has developed around Franz West. West and the generation of Gilbert Bretterbauer, Peter Kogler, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Heimo Zobernig and others have not only intensely dealt with the shift in terminology between painting, sculpture, object and space, but also with the relationship between sculpture and functional object, as well as fine and applied arts. In addition to hybrid art objects, they designed - alone or in reciprocal cooperations - furniture, lamps and other objects of daily use.
Gilbert Bretterbauer represents the group in his generation that still adheres to the handmade, or at least that does not want to forgo this type of individual expression. Of course, he is also well acquainted with the computer and as a trained textile engineer, he knows all of the intricacies of textile production, which allows for, when necessary, the adequate implementation of his hand-painted and hand-drawn designs."