Elke Silvia Krystufek is a visual artist, photographer, installation artist and author based in Vienna. Already at the age of 28, she represented Austria at the São Paolo Biennale and has been an integral part of Contemporary Art ever since. In addition to numerous solo exhibitions, among others at the Essl Museum or the MAK Museum in Vienna, Krystufek's works are also internationally presented in group exhibitions.
Elke Silvia Krystufek was born in 1970. Immediately after graduating from high school, Krystufek devoted herself to studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. From 1988 to 1993 she was one of Arnulf Rainer’s students. Krystufek staged her own life right from the beginning of her artistic career. In public performances she often uses her body as canvas for her art, which generates great public attention, however leads to controversy. In "Action", for example, she scars herself in order to paint her naked body with her own blood. Before she was given a professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 2005, Elke Silvia Krystufek taught classes as guest lecturer at several European art colleges. In 2009 she founded her own archive and exhibited in the Austrian Pavilion of the 53rd Biennale di Venezia. From 2011, the artist will use the artist's name Elke Silvia Krystufek, which is also conceived as her own work of art. A differentiation in perception between the private individual and the art figure is difficult to grasp due to the stringent staging. Elke Silvia Krystufek's versatility can be clearly seen in her artistic activities. Her art includes paintings and installations, as well as photographies. She also works as an author writing literary texts, books and plays, inspired by different artist, writers and designers. Irritation, breaking of taboos and confrontation, are keywords for her artistic confrontation with not only cultural, but also controversial, political issues. The viewer cannot escape a reaction - be it shame, aggression, enthusiasm or admiration.