Contemporary (Austria)

Contemporary artist Bernhard Cociancig lives and works in Vienna, Austria. After a 40-year long career in the international petroleum industry, he successfully pursued a rewarding artistic career. Cociancig holds a degree from the Vienna Art School, with majors in painting and process, print graphic and graphic design.

With a great sense of social responsibility, Cociancig offers art therapy for coma patients and print graphics workshops for drug and alcohol addicts.

His contemporary paintings, print graphics, graphic designs, and installations are shown in solo and group exhibitions around the world.

Art in Health Care

Art as social engagement has led me to bring painting therapy to vegetative coma patients as part of their basal stimulation program. While in contrast to deep coma these patients have a wake-sleep rhythm, their motor control and ability to communicate is restricted. It is rewarding to experience how art is capable to evoke minute yet clearly detectable reactions.


During the early phases of my artistic career, I was mostly autodidact. Painting impressions gathered from many different countries in which I lived and worked. The formal art education at the Vienna Art School sparked my interest in print graphics techniques such as Mokulito – which is similar to litho but uses plywood instead of stone.

Exposure to the often challenging work and life environments during my years in the international petroleum business has sharpened my awareness of social and environmental issues. Art can -and must- play a pivotal role in communicating cross-faculty and socio-ecological problems.

Any form of discrimination, corruption, refugee issues, global warming, access to clean water, plastic waste, endangered wildlife are just some of the many concerns I try to incorporate into my artwork. Meant as constructive criticism it shall also instigate participative reactions from the viewers.

2020 (current and scheduled)
  • Artist in Residence – Skopelos, Greece (Fall 2020)
  • Curator for exhibition “Limbs” – physiotherapy practice LebenBewegen (Vienna)
  • Lecturer Mokulito Workshop – instruction for an experimental print graphic technique, Vienna (May, Dec-2020)
  • “Die Freiheit kam im Mai” – Artistic interpretation of Lakovos Kambanellis‘ book on Mauthausen concentration camp
  • “On the Edge” – Solo exhibition at VHS, Vienna (Austria)
  • Art therapy with MS and coma patients, Vienna (Austria) – ongoing
  • Art therapy with Trisomy21, MS, autistic patients “Jugend am Werk” (Youth at Work), Vienna (Austria) – ongoing
  • Spring Art Show, Gallery 44, Bragg Creek (Canada) (G)
  • “Running Gag”, Gallery Modern Schloss Piber (Austria) (G)
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