Arnold Schmidt was born in 1959 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, and has been living in the House of Artists in Gugging since 1986. The expressive character of Schmidt’s works is captivating: he works quickly and intuitively. His preferred themes are people, airplanes, bicycles, and birds in all dimensions, as well as lively figures in bold, vibrant colours on paper and canvas. For his works on paper, he uses wax crayons and watercolours with charcoal, pencil, and coloured pencils; for canvases, he uses acrylic paints. In 1990, he and the Gugging Artists were awarded the Oskar Kokoschka Prize. His works can be found in the Museum de Stadshof, Netherlands, and in the Lower Austrian Regional Collections, Austria.