Klagenfurt 1894 – 1966 Wien
1912-1918 studied architecture in Vienna, at the same time a strong interest in painting and first exhibitions. In the 1920s, Boeckl was a member of the circle of friends around Adolf Loos, together with Karl Kraus, Arnold Schönberg and Oskar Kokoschka. He integrated into his painting the whole of European modernism and became a model and teacher for a whole range of Austrian artists, especially when he became a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 1935.
1946 dedicated to him the academy, whose principal he was then, a large exhibition, through which he was able to establish himself as the most important Austrian artist of the post-war period. He took part in the Venice Biennale in 1932, 1934, 1936, 1950 and 1964.
In 1956 Boeckl received the internationally acclaimed Guggenheim Prize, in 1958 he participated in the Brussels World’s Fair in the show “50 Years of Modern Art”. A major retrospective took place in Vienna in 1961 on the occasion of the opening of the Museum of the 20th Century and also in 1964 on the artist’s 70th birthday.
The last major Boeckl exhibition took place in the Austrian Gallery in Belvedere in 2009, which also includes a comprehensive catalog -Work Directory has been published.