Oliver Wagner

Oliver Wagner

Oliver Wagner was born in 1969 in Zurich, Switzerland, and relocated to Sydney, Australia in 2012 where he currently lives and works. His practice is an ongoing investigation into expanded painting, centred upon his fascinating rematerialisation of acrylic house paint into dust. Wagner’s unique adaptation of painting results in fixed and ephemeral compositions on linen, as well as ephemeral installations.

Wagner completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours at The National Art School in Sydney, and subsequently a Master of Fine Arts at the same institution in 2017. His work has been exhibited in local and international group shows in Sydney, New York, and Paris, including the 2021 Tarra Warra Biennial; the 2018 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize at National Art School Gallery, Sydney; and Rate of Change, 2018 at COMA, Sydney. Wagner’s work is held in public and private collections nationally, including The National Art School Collection, Sydney and Artbank Australia.

Selected works

    Reconstructed Painting 50

    Oliver Wagner

    Reconstructed Painting 50 2021

    Removed Painting 23

    Oliver Wagner

    Removed Painting 23 2021

    Reconstructed Painting 36

    Oliver Wagner

    Reconstructed Painting 36 2020

    Removed Painting 22

    Oliver Wagner

    Removed Painting 22 2021

    Reconstructed Painting 22

    Oliver Wagner

    Reconstructed Painting 22 2019

    Reconstructed Painting 48

    Oliver Wagner

    Reconstructed Painting 48 2021


  • Almost


    Maria CruzJulie FragarMatthys GerberChristopher HanrahanLucina LaneTodd McMillanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheJohn NixonJan van der PloegElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiGemma SmithNicola SmithJelena TeleckiBrendan Van HekOliver Wagner

    10 September - October 9, 2021

  • Three Colours

    Oliver Wagner

    Three Colours

    26 June - July 24, 2021

  • Group Show 46

    Group Show 46

    John ArmlederMatthys GerberChristopher HanrahanLucina LaneNicola SmithJohn SpiteriKoji RyuiOliver Wagner

    5 February - March 6, 2021



    John ArmlederSimon BarneyMaria CruzJulie FragarSarah MoscaOlivier MossetJonny NiescheGemma SmithJelena TeleckiOliver WagnerBrendan Van HekJan van der Ploeg

    25 November - December 19, 2020


    Oliver Wagner


    27 June - August 1, 2020

  • Sydney Contemporary

    Sydney Contemporary

    Gemma SmithJonny NiescheOliver WagnerMaria CruzHuseyin SamiLucina LaneAnthony JohnsonTodd McMillan

    12 - September 15, 2019

  • If Painting is the Name

    Oliver Wagner

    If Painting is the Name

    14 February - March 16, 2019

  • Sydney Contemporary 2018

    Sydney Contemporary 2018

    Gemma SmithJonny NiescheTodd McMillanOliver WagnerHuseyin SamiJohn NixonMaria CruzDavid HainesChristopher Hanrahan

    13 - September 16, 2018



    Maria CruzMatthys GerberBrendan Van HekJonny NiescheJohn NixonAndreas Reiter Raabe & Franz WestOliver WagnerJonathan Zawada

    17 May - June 16, 2018