Magdalena Frey was born in Graz, Austria, where she also went to school.
Thereafter, she attended a nursing school in Vienna, from which she received her diploma.
In 1985, she created her first photographic works. This was followed by series such as Hospital, fem and mothers cake, in which her interest in medicine and the human body becomes readily apparent.
Soon, her main theme emerged, which still continues to shape her work: the life of women and their environment. (mujer mexicana, Maria M)
In 1989, she moved, together with her family, to the northern Weinviertel region of Austria, which has also influenced her photo collages. (Landmeter, m-98, Family Altar)
In 1996 she began to develop her collages using computer technology, a practice which hasn’t changed to this day.
Her work also includes a number of portraits of people she considers important, such as Andrea Sodomka, Susanne Wenger, and Friedl Kubelka.
In the Roma, Sister and Brother, bosnian, Maria M and drivers diary usa 06 cycles, Frey analyzes travels in foreign culture spheres, and again retains her distinct focus on the image of women.
Several of Frey’s works indirectly take on the character of a diary, something that is even further emphasized in a small number of these works. (Mothers Cake, Abortion, Intervention)
Since 2008, she has mainly worked on short films, with her focus usually remaining on both general and specific aspects of the appearance of women (All ok, EMILIE, 3 Women – 3 Worlds, Elisabeth Fuchs, Conductress, etc.)
She has held lectures on her work in Finland, Poland, Vienna and Salzburg, among other places.
In 1988, she was awarded the Honorary Prize of the State of Lower Austria for Artistic Photography, and in 1999, she received the Promotion Award of the State of Styria.
Selected National and International Exhibitions:
Gallery of the City of Prague; Liget Gallery, Budapest;
Kunsthalle Krems, Austria; Hummel Gallery, Vienna;
Rupertinum, Salzburg; Landesmuseum Niederösterreich, St. Pölten, Austria;
Lepont Gallery, Aleppo, Syria; Hofstätter Gallery, Vienna;
Women’s Art Festival, Aleppo, Syria; Kunst und Handel Gallery, Graz, Austria;
Ernst Muzeum Budapest; Museumszentrum Mistelbach,Austria;
the23project, Los Angeles, USA; Künstlerhaus, Vienna;
Budapest Gallery, Budapest,