Born in Kirchdorf an der Krems, Austria, Isabella S. Minichmair studied Fine Art at the University of Art and Design in Linz, later earning a PhD in Philosophy of Art and Cultural History from the same institution. Her oil paintings, centering on trees and the natural world, are patched together with a rustic palette blending cool and warm colors into a unified whole. “The trees in my pictures stand in a subtle way for people and their relationships,” Minichmair says. “The light on the branches symbolizes the emotions and feelings that prevail between the protagonists.”
Minichmair’s interest in light came from long walks with her father, whose camera became, unfailingly, the third member of their party. Handing it over, Minichmair’s father would instruct her to gaze through the viewfinder. He would say, “Pay particular attention to the light.” She always has. Travels with her mother brought her closer to the Austrian art treasures. Old churches and castles, frescos, paintings and tapestries influenced Minichmair's view of light sustainably. Today, she also designs glass windows to bring new light into old churches. Minichmair wants her work to express both the obstacles and joy of life, which she describes as a gift. “We need courage,” she says, “to make it come alive.”
Isabella S. Minichmair works from her studio in Waldneukirchen, Austria.