Robert Schaberl is an Austrian artist best known for his “Zentralformen (Central Forms)” series, sleek paintings of circles that at first appear to be monochromatic. Upon closer inspection, the compositions reveal delicate layers of multi-colored paint—Schaberl often uses 50–70 shades of different pigments—that shift in the viewer’s eye, according to their position in relation to the work.
His paintings can take on a somewhat extraterrestrial appearance, like abstracted photographs from the lens of the Hubble Space Telescope. “I see my paintings as objects in space, objects without a clear color-definition,” he says. “The colors I want to achieve are always undefinable, never just blue or red or yellow or green, but always unseizeable.”