Peter Nowotny

Peter Nowotny is a crossover artist. The basis of all his work is large-format canvas paintings, which he then creatively transforms and arranges into new independent art forms. This process gives rise to computer graphics, glass objects, and videos. He has also implemented innovative projects in public spaces and on the internet. As a Dipl. Ing., he sees himself in the tradition of Leonardo da Vinci, who united art, natural science, and technology.





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The current top theme “Human and Nature” is therefore also an artistic challenge for him.

His statement:

“I have artistically reflected on the relationship between humans and nature in my current works. All my new works are titled ‘Mindset.’ This English term encompasses: mindset, mentality, attitude. The human head is therefore the basic motif of this series of works. Isn’t it the first step to securing the future of our planet to readjust our mindset?

We recognize how closely we are connected to plants by the fact that hemoglobin and chlorophyll differ only in their central atom: the red blood pigment has a central iron atom, while in the center of green chlorophyll sits a magnesium ion. My hope is that our veins and the capillaries of plants pulsate in harmony.”

Peter Nowotny

The question of style:

The works of Peter Nowotny have a high unique selling point. They are human forms that are reduced to lines and become connecting lines. The perspective three-dimensionality is reduced by one dimension through line structures and becomes an ornament that is mirrored, dissected, and rearranged. He thus establishes a relationship between East and West, also a societal challenge of our time.

Born: 1953 in Schwäbisch Gmünd

1974 – 1978: University of Applied Sciences Regensburg (now OTH)

1978: Diploma in Telecommunications Engineering.

1990-1998: Introduction of Corporate Design, Telekom AG Press Spokesperson for Telekom AG for Eastern Bavaria

1995-2005: Founding member of the artist group “Society for Underground Construction”

Since 2015: Member of the artist group “PARADOXA”

Member of the Artists’ Guild Esslingen
Member of the Professional Association Lower Bavaria/Upper Palatinate

Ausstellungen (Auswahl)

2022 Galerie ArtAffair, Regensburg (G)

2020 IM GOLDENEN KÄFIG, Galerie ArtAffair Regensburg (G)

2019 ART Karlsruhe mit Galerie ArtAffair (ARTPERIUM) (G)

2018 Galerie ArtAffair, Regensburg (G)

2017 Conny Dietzschold Gallery Sydney (E)

2016 Galerie ArtAffair, Regensburg / “ICONs” (E)

2015 Katholische Gemeinde Kirche St. Martin in Rötz: Altarbild

2015 Raumobjekt “Schlaf der Freiheit” Minoritenkirche Regensburg mit “PARADOXA”

2015 Sydney Contemporary presented by Gallery Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney (G)

2015 Conny Dietzschold Gallery Sydney “Social Ornaments”(E)

2015 Art Central Hong Kong 2015 mit der Galerie Conny Dietzschold (G)

2015 Gallery “19 Karen Contemporary Artspace”, Gold Coast, Queensland Australien;  (E)

2012 Galerie ArtAffair, Regensburg / „Social Ornaments“ (E)

2012 Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie “MACHT-OHNMACHT-ÜBERMACHT” (G)


Peter Nowotny, the artist and engineer, is fascinated by Daphne: the woman who escaped impending rape by transforming into a plant. What concerns him is not so much the criminal offense – after all, he is not a jurist – but the process of metamorphosis or transformation. His new exhibition is not coincidentally titled “Brain/Stomata.” These are the places or organs where communication and transfer between the external and internal worlds take place. Not only do we recognize ourselves – an ancient romantic topos – in the other, but we become the other or the other becomes oneself. We are composed of what we are not. This is called metabolism. One could also say “I is another” – in a somewhat broader, more physical sense than Rimbaud once envisioned.

Who knows how much Nowotny is enthralled by the Nobel Prize for Louise Glück, who listens to him and learns how “nature writing” in all its variations captivates him, who takes seriously what he says: that he follows the trail inherent in all this and that his own work changes as a result, is then surprised when seeing Nowotny’s new works. Because Nowotny remains – fortunately! – Nowotny and, somewhat pointedly, one could say, the inner and outer nature, the “material,” the matter are voids for him. Or more radically: their heightened, even more intense presence manifests itself in their consistent absence. Just as he once learned from the Jewish and Islamic high cultures, the religions of image prohibition, that one must not desecrate and trivialize God, that which is most important to one. Which one inevitably does when one makes the highest, the transcendent, that which deliberately eludes our gaze, even our words, the object of our imagination. One must, even if it is difficult, refrain from wanting to hold onto or even “just” write down what one longs for. Therefore, in Nowotny’s magnificent art, everything is a sign, a reference. Abundance appears by deleting the superfluous. “Becoming empty of all emptiness” is what Master Eckhart called it, the highly influential mystic from whom we also owe terms like “real,” “reality,” which have long become self-evident to us.

Peter Nowotny is a master of metamorphosis; of permanent transformation, without which our world would not exist. Whoever wants to possess everything will inevitably become poor; whoever only sees themselves will become a perpetrator of violence. Theodor W. Adorno, who saw in nature and art a final refuge in the administered world, recognized in love the ability to perceive the similar in the dissimilar. “Home” is only where everything is different – and may remain so.

Helmut Hein

Philosopher and cultural journalist