The artist Christoph Mayer lives and works in Leipzig, Vienna and Lower Austria. From 1993 to 2000 he studied painting at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna/AT; from 1987 to 1992 he studied journalism, Russian and philosophy.
"Christoph Mayer enjoys hiding an enormous amount of work in his art. The works created after many hours of intensive work seem rather improvised and fleetingly pieced together. By no means do they reveal that someone had been working here for a long time in a concentrated manner. Christoph Mayer is peculiar to this Han of understatement to the point of ridicule, this aversion to all self-dramatization, to the habitus of meaningfulness. From this attitude, works of art emerge that are so disinclined to the beautiful splendour of the consumer world around us that they even seem rejecting. They do not correspond at all to what the art lover might normally imagine by beautiful art. They appear rather as a bourgeois fright, as a stain in the neatly arranged show collections of those precious objects that a life dedicated to beauty tends to gather around. No. Christoph Mayer's love is above all for what others have thrown away, what is dismissed as rubbish, what would never find its place in the sanctuary of those things that, as is said, enrich a life and give it meaning. Christoph Mayer's art does not lead into the glamorous salons of the important and winners, but into the damp cellar apartments of the excluded. And here, it is precisely here that this art makes a discovery possible. Because now it becomes apparent that what seemed like garbage, garbage, unsightly stuff, that all this contains a wonderful poetry. The unsightly has what it takes to be wonderful." - Gustav Schörghofer SJ (from the catalogue: Christoph Mayer, The Merging, Vienna, 2018)