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Biography:
Oliver Schopf's
Background
Oliver Schopf Karikaturist und  Illustrator und Gerichtszeichner porträtiert von Adsy Bernart
Foto: Adsy Bernart

Born in Kitzbuehel, Austria, in 1960, Oliver Schopf has not become a Herminator on white snow, but a Drawminator on white paper.

Already in school he discovered that drawing or caricaturing his teachers can be used as a very strong “weapon“, which also sometimes resulted in better grades at the end of a year.
This rather early start in caricaturing gave him the chance to contribute to the local Austrian newspaper “präsent“ as its editorial cartoonist for eight years before finishing grammar school.

After his studies in Vienna at the Academy of Fine Arts he started a successful career as a cartoonist, working as a free-lancer for national and international newspapers, magazins and satirical magazins.

In 1988 he joined the newly-founded Austrian daily newspaper “Der Standard“ as an editorial cartoonist and still enjoys working for them. Apart from his political cartoons, also his live-drawn(!!) reports from major trials in Austria became very well known, as well as his psychological portraits.

His work has been represented by the Cartoonists and Writers Syndicate, New York/L.A. and appears in a lot of major newspapers all over the world.

From 1996 on he has also been an exclusive contributor to the Swiss satirical magazine “Nebelspalter“. Founded in 1875 it is the oldest satirical magazine in the world.

Early in 2005 the Swiss newspaper „Tagesanzeiger“ in Zurich invited him to regularly create exclusive editorial cartoons on its analysis page.

Over the last ten years also the French weekly newspaper “Courrier International“ in Paris has been publishing Oliver Schopf’s cartoons for an uncountable numbers of European readers.

And since January 2008 Oliver Schopf is a contributor to the one of the most important German daily paper the Süddeutsche Zeitung on a regular weekly basis.

As an illustrator he contributed to several books concerning sports, history, and economy. In 1994 he edited his first book “Grosse Europäer“ (Great Europeans) on his own, a drawn collection of outstanding European politicians in the past 20th Century. Together with co-author Walter Wippersberg, he published his first book for children in 2001, a compressed reproduction of Cervantes’ “Don Quixote“. In 2003 the book “Kein Kommentar“ (No Comment) with selected editorial cartoons appeared (also see the information on Oliver Schopf’s books on the book webpage)

He took part in innumerable exhibitions all over the world and holds several honorable mentions.
Oliver Schopf is a chess enthusiast, and when not working on his cartoons, he enjoys painting with water colors (mostly on journeys), doing sports or reading a good book.

Oliver Schopf lives in Vienna, Austria.