Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair

Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair (1980) was born in Moscow, since 2004 she lives and works in Vienna. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 2009. In 2015 she has been awarded the Chimera Art Award, and the Annual grant of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New-York in 2014. She took part in numerous residential programs e.g. Istanbul, Gyeonggi-do, Vienna and Budapest, and exhibited in many institutions.

Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair’s abstract, minimalist work is rooted in painting, graphic art and sculpture, but she also includes other media, such as photography and video. In her graphic and painting works, presented as series, and her modular installative settings, she deals with the relation between abstraction, sensuality of the material, and politics.

1980, Moscow

Lives and works in Vienna



Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria, performative art and sculpture class of Prof. Monica Bonvicini, diploma by Prof. Manfred Pernice


University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria, sculpture and multimedia class of Prof. Erwin Wurm


Berlin University of the Arts (UDK), Germany, class of Prof. Katharina Sieverding


Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg, Germany, painting and object art class of Prof. Rolf-Gunter Dienst, honour as “Meisterschülerin”

Grants and Awards


Staatsstipendium BKA (Austrian State Grant)


Prize of the City of Innsbruck, 35th Austrian Graphic Arts Competition, TAXISPALAIS – Kunsthalle Tirol, Innsbruck


Chimera Art Award, Budapest


Residency in Istanbul, supported by the Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture Austria

Annual grant of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New-York


Scholarship of the Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Foundation, Vienna


Residency in Budapest, supported by the city of Vienna and the city of Budapest


Gyeonggi Creation Center, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea


Start-Award of the Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture


Appreciation prize of the Federal Ministry for Science and Research, Austria


Appreciation prize ot the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria


International Summer Academy Salzburg, Austria, videoart class by Ellen Cantor


International Summer Academy Salzburg, Austria, installation class by Ilya & Emilia Kabakov and Boris Groys

Solo Exhibitions (Selected)


Mein Name ist Hase, Mandelkern project, Vienna, Austria


Über Malerei, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria


Double Bind, Ani Molnár Gallery, Budapest


Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair and Anu Vahtru, Chimera Project Gallery, Budapest, Hungary


Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair and Belinda Kazeem, Friedl Kubelka Fotoschule at the Parallel Vienna, Alte Post, Vienna, Austria


Free Collection Vienna #5, them and us, Ve.Sch, Vienna, Austria


Talk to the Driver, so that he does not Fall Asleep!, Gallery 5020, Salzburg, Austria


us and them, Ve.Sch,Vienna, Austria


Parallel Actions 1, Gallery na Vspolnom, Moscow


Salon systémique, Start Gallery in MUSA – Museum on Demand, Vienna, Austria


Mental Rotations, together with Wolfgang Obermair, SWINGR, Vienna, Austria

Group Exhibitions (Selected)


Otherwordly (with Nika Kupyrova), Ravnikar Gallery Space, Ljubljana (SI)


With View to the Sea, Museum of Western and Oriental Art, Odessza, Ukraine

Alles II – Ausstellungseröffnung, studio im HOCHHAUS, Berlin, Germany

Poison Ivy, Franz Josefs kai 3, Vienna, Austria


Eine Austellung über Mögliche Austellungen,SUPER, Vienna, Austria
Nothing less!, VBKÖ, Vienna, Austria


With You It Will Be Alright, Birobidzhan, Russian Federation

Silly Symphony, hoast, Vienna, Austria

The Five Moons : Return of the Nameless and Unknown, PyeongChang Biennale, PyeongChang / South Korea

Comrade. Jew. We only wanted Paradise on Earth, Jüdisches Museum Wien, Austria


SUPER EDITION #5, Kunstraum SUPER, Vienna, Austria

Between the Volga and the Danube, Radischev Art Museum, Saratov, Russia

4th International Evard-Art Award, Kunsthalle Messmer, Riegel am Kaiserstuhl, Germany


Mission W – Sculpture in Wienerwald, Vienna, Austria

Beyond the Obvious – Contemporary Women Artists from CEE, Deák Erika Galéria, Budapest, Hungary

Silk Road Love, Kunstsalon Seidenstrasse, Vienna, Austria

Canvas, GPLcontemporary, Vienna, Austria

Tales of Two Cities, Jewish Museum Judenplatz, Vienna, Austria


Electronic Relationships, Parallel Vienna, Altes Zollamt, Austria

FLUXUS – An Exhibition as Performance, Vienna Contemporary, Austria

Tales of Two Cities, Moscow Museum of Modern Art on Gogolevsky boulevard, Moscow, Russia

Urban View, periscope, Salzburg, Austria

[silence] – A Holocaust Exhibition, Ludwig Múzeum Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

GOD IS NOT ENOUGH, Theater Drachengasse, Vienna, Austria

SAY IT. RU> vol.1, Hans Knoll Project Space, Vienna, Austria

Anton Faistauer Preis 2014 Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg, Austria


Free Collection Vienna, Ve.Sch, Vienna, Austria

DIS-PLAY-PRATER-STERN – How we like to live, Fluc, public space on Praterstern, Vienna, Austria

last time bevor Sommer break…, Ve.Sch, Vienna, Austria

The Eschaton Reviewed: Tomorrow is Another Day, curated by Markus Proschek, BLACKBRIDGE OFFSPACE, Beijing, China

An enlarged social horizon will bring advantages, Schneiderei, Vienna, Austria


Critical Alliances, Croatian Association of Visual Artists (HDLU), Zagreb, Croatia

Predicting Memories, Vienna Art Week, Former K. K. Telegraph office, Vienna, Austria

Sculpture Garden Strombad Kritzendorf, Austria

The Art on your Wall, artclub1563, Seoul, South Korea

re turn, Halle 20 Auf AEG, Nuremberg, Germany

Burnning with Passion, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Aufruf zur Reduktion (in effigie), artistic direction Bastian Wilplinger, Expedit-halle of the former Ankerbrotfabrik, Vienna, Austria


32. Österreichischer Grafikwettbewerb, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria

Dienstag Abend edition release, Ve.Sch, Vienna, Austria

Future Garden, kunstbunker – forum für zeitgenössische kunst, Nuremberg, Austria

NeoSI: neue Situationistische Inter…nationale, curated by Amer Abbas, Kunstverein Schattendorf, Schattendorf / Austria

Antidepressiva, curated by Christian Stock, gallery Peithner-Lichtenfels, Vienna, Austria

in effigie, together with Oliver Laric, Anja Manfredi and Markus Proschek, Seidlgasse 14, Vienna, Austria

Die Fotografie in Referenz…, curated by Martin Vesely, Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria
The Days of This Society Are Numbered, a contribution to Hugo Canoilas project Mural Newspaper, Abrons Arts Center NY, NYC


Appartment Exhibition. Vienna Entourage, ArtRaum, Moscow, Russia

Where do we go from here?, curated by Elisabeth Bettina Spörr, Secession, Vienna, Austria

Aquarellhappening 2000–2009, Tyrolean State Museum, Innsbruck, Austria

The Merger – by following this 1 easy rule…, Venue Display, Chicago, IL

Double Volley, Gallery Area 53, Vienna, Austria

BEETHOVEN:·KK4+5·GIL. and others, together with Wolfgang Obermair, curated by Ludwig Kittinger & Fernando Mesquita, Ve.Sch, Vienna, Austria

Kardiologische Vergehen, together with Wolfgang Obermair, performance, street theater festival “Herzstück”, Insbruck, Austria

Wolokolamsker Chaussee X, as a member of a group KJDT, performance, Project Fabrika, Moscow, Russia

Visual Mini Bar, together with Wolfgang Obermair, intervention in the exhibition “Polygrades” by Kathi Hofer, Ve.Sch, Vienna, Austria


Exhibition 6, Bäckerstraße4 – platform for young art, Vienna, Austria

Villa Sovietica, MEG – Musée d‘ethnographie de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland

10. Aquarellhappening, Tux, Tyrolea, Austria

Soviet objects. Corpus Delicti, diploma exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria

Never Odd or Evil, together with Wolfgang Obermair and Markus Sulzbacher, Fenster C, Vienna, Austria

Paperworks, Gallery Area 53, Vienna, Austria


Neo-SI?, curated by Amer Abbas, Gallery Tristesse deluxe, Berlin, Germany

Oh, du lieber Augustin…, Georgien and Russian artists, Radovan-Halle, Vienna, Austria

boss-eyed god, together with Tamas St.Auby, N&n gallery, Budapest

Archive in Residence, Gallery UNA, Bucharest, Romania

4:33 GG’, together with Tamas Wolfgang Obermair and St.Auby, performance, symposium dedicated to the exhibition “Fluxus East”, LUMU Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

Archive in Residence, VBKÖ – The Austrian Association of Women Artists, Vienna, Austria


If Chemicals Enter The Eyes, Wash Thoroughly With Clear Running Water, 5th Novosibirsk Graphic Art Biennal, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia

Interfest, Contemporary Art Festival, Chernyakhovsk (former Insterburg) / Russia

Minenfeld der russischen Avantgarde, performative lecture, Café Anzengruber, Vienna

4:33 Generation Generali, together with Wolfgang Obermair and Tamas St.Auby, action in the exhibition “…Concept Has Never Meant Hourse”, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria


Photography Factory, Lodz Photo Festival, Poland

Curatorial Projects 


Soviet Modernism. Unknown Stories 1955–1981, The Austrian Museum of Architecture, Vienna, in collaboration with Wolfgang Obermair


Initiation and organisation of the exchange project between alternative exhibition spaces in Moscow and in Vienna, curation of the exhibition with Russian artist “Interpolare”, Ve.Sch, Vienna, Austria


Exhibition series …gelegentlich DJ (…occasionally DJ) with Patrick Anthofer, Kathi Hoffer, Michel Kral und Anna Ceeh/Franz Pomassl, kunstbunker – forum für zeitgenössische kunst, Nuremberg, Germany


If Chemicals Enter Your Eyes, Wash Thoroughly With Clear Running Water, Austrian

part of the 5th Graphic Art Biennale Novosibirsk, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Novosibirsk

Menschen im Bunker, exhibition of Sergey Bratkov, kunstbunker – forum für zeitgenössische kunst, Nuremberg

Own publications


Soviet Modernism 1955–1991. Unknown History, Park Books-Verlag, Zürich


Das große Moskau, das es niemals gab (The Great Moscow, that never was),


Art fair participations


viennacontemporary, Vienna, Austria


viennacontemporary, Vienna, Austria

Art Market Budapest

Artissima, Turin, Italy


Jewish Museum Vienna

Wien Museum Karlsplatz, Vienna

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington

Q21- Museumsquartier, Vienna

Shoah FIlm Collection