1925 - 2008
Aurel Iselstöger was born in 1925 in Zagreb and grew up in Vienna as the son of a diplomat. At age fourteen, he was diagnosed as schizophrenic. During the Nazi period, he was protected from the likelihood of castration or euthanasia by his psychiatrist Dr. Hans Asperger, who sent him to live with a family in the country. His extraordinary artistic talent was already apparent at an early age.
In 1945, Iselstöger was admitted to Maria Gugging Regional Hospital in Lower Austria. In the 1950s, his œuvre was discovered by psychiatrist Leo Navratil, who included his work in his subsequent publications. In 1970, he took part in the first exhibition of ”Artists from Gugging“ at Galerie Nächst St. Stephan in Vienna. Iselstöger stayed at the hospital until 1979. In 2008, Aurel Iselstöger died at a home for the elderly in Klosterneuburg.
The artist’s estate is owned by Galerie Susanne Zander and is now being presented to the public in a solo show for the first time.