Sarah Bechter Austrian, b. 1989

The conditions and ambivalences of artistic production lie at the centre of Sarah Bechter’s practice. Blurring the lines between the private and the public, work and leisure, surface and line, Bechter‘s canvases exist as individual subjects, rather than surfaces of projection, and seem entangled in a vivid debate among themselves. Bechter uses a wide range of techniques and references to interrogate the validity of the images she creates, and of painting itself. Furthermore, Bechter invites the viewer to a game of hide-and-seek by often only hinting at protagonists and objects, infusing her works with a mysterious, dreamy atmosphere. 


Sarah Bechter studied painting at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria.  Bechter has participated in numerous, international gallery and museum exhibitions.   Bechter will present a solo exhibition at the Angelika Kaufmann Museum, Schwarzenberg, Austria in 2023.  Previous solo exhibitions include tame hosts, Pilot, Vienna, Austria (2021) and flickering wrists, tart vienna/Galerie Thoman, Vienna, Austria (2020).  Group and duo exhibitions include Reading the Room, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland (2021) ; Lo otro maravilloso, Intersticio Madrid, Spain (2021); Komisch‘ Wetter, Kunstverein Schattendorf, Haus Wien, Vienna, Austria (2021); upsetting the proportions of your ambience (duo with I. Malegiannakis), Kunstverein Bludenz, Austria (2021); Le dances nocturne, eastcontemporary, France (2021); Cruel summer camp, Exile Gallery, Vienna, Austria (2020); Neue Mitglieder, BVKV Künstlerhaus Bregenz, Austria (2020); Summer Art Picnic, sort, Vienna, Austria (2019); Spot, Magyar Mühely Galeria, Budapest, Hungary (2019); Spazi aperti, Academia Romania Rome, Italy (2018); Transitions, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, Austria (2017) and GAL, Haus Wittgenstein, Vienna, Austria (2017).


Bechter's works are represented in several public collections including; Artothekt des Bundes, Belvedere 21; City of Vienna, Wien Museum and State of Vorarlberg, Hypo Landesbank, Illwerke AG.