Heimo Wallner (born in Salzburg, Austria, 1961) studied sculpture at the Vienna Academy of Art. He has exhibited his work in Europe, Japan and the United States. In addition to prints and drawings, he has worked on several animated film projects which make use of extensive frame-by-frame drawing. One notable work shot every frame of an evolving drawing of figures atop the writings of Mao Tse Tung. Wallner runs an artist-in-residence program, Hotel Pupik, in Schwarzenberg’schen Meierei in Schrattenberg.

His primary work exists as drawing and installations. They have been compared to the “automatic” works of the early Surrealists. Wallner engages in a type of suspension of the conscious mind as a means of expressing ideas and images of the subconscious. The primary protagonist in Wallner’s work is a naked figure with a mask-like face and empty eyes – an elemental, detached “everybody.” The behavior is often vulgar, violent or self-destructive, responding to human fears and hopes, obsessions and desires. Wallner is a 1996 Arts/Industry Foundry Alum, and returned to the Kohler Co. Pottery to create tiles for a room that is covered in his drawings. The drawings are based on the working title “Cleanliness is Godliness.”