Richard Hoeck (b. 1965, Hall in Tirol, Austria) is a Vienna-based conceptual artist working in installation, sculpture, performance, photography, and video. Hoeck’s work explores worldviews, social conditions, and the possibilities of perception. In recent years, Hoeck has increasingly devoted his attention to the changing relationship between haptics and optics, between body and image. Together with his long-time collaborator John Miller, they use the inherent materiality of mannequins to explore bodies, surfaces, and transformation as displacement grows due to more of our life happening in the digital space. Living in New York City from 1993–1998, Hoeck received the MoMA/PS1 stipend, and in 2002 he was a resident artist at the MAK Center, Los Angeles.
Hoeck has presented numerous exhibitions in both his home country and abroad, including three exhibitions at Meliksetian | Briggs; Something for Everyone, 2013 and Mannequin Death, 2016/17, both collaborations with John Miller and 1997 / 2013, a collaboration with Heimo Zobernig, 2015.
Other significant shows include the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, (Leipzig, DE) as winner of the Blinky Palermo stipend; at Meyer Riegger (Karlsruhe, DE), Metro Pictures (New York, NY) with John Miller as well as at Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (MUMOK) (Vienna, AT) among others. Further notable shows include his presentations at the third Istanbul Biennial, the fourth Lyon Biennial and most recently, the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo in 2018. Recent group exhibitions include ERSCHRECKEND AKTUELL / FRIGHTENINGLY TOPICAL at Gabriele Senn Galerie (Vienna, AT) in 2021, COMEDY at Gabriele Senn Galerie (Vienna, AT), Richard Hoeck & Rudolf Polanszky at Galerie Johann Widauer (Innsbruck, AT); and Franz West – ARTISTCLUB at Belvedere 21 (Vienna, AT). Hoeck's work is in collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the MUMOK Vienna and the Abteiberg Museum, Mönchengladbach, Germany among others.