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1941 Alain Clément was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine.
1962 Paris: Drawing at the studio in La Grande Chaumière, engraving and printing in Atelier 17 (S. W. Hayter).
1965 Settles near Montpellier and establishes a studio for intaglio printing and typography.
1970-1978 Teaches at the École des Beaux-Arts in Montpellier.
Leaves the École des Beaux-Arts in Montpellier and starts teaching in Nîmes. Exhibition at Musée Fabre, Montpellier, where he shows works from seven years.
1979-1985 Settles in Nîmes. Is appointed director of the School of Fine Arts in Nîmes in 1985.
1990-1999 Stops teaching and being director of the École des Beaux-Arts in Nîmes. Stay in New York. First series of wooden sculptures with polychrome painting.
2000 The practice of sculpture is intensified. Numerous monumental sculptures for private collections in France and abroad. Trip to Tangier for the purpose of verifying the motive of light and the colour of Matisse that are haunting him and for the purpose of a long series of paintworks in free and coloured arabesques.
Installation in Berlin.
Construction of several sets of monumental sculptures installed particularly in the Nyrox Foundation in Johannesburg and in Suzhou in China.
He is living and working in Nîmes, Paris and Berlin.
1953 Born in Leipzig, former GDR
1973 Studies painting and graphics at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, former GDR; working in the studio of his father Bernhard Heisig, one of the most renowned artists of the former GDR
1977 Graduate Degree
1978-1980 Advance studies under Gerhard Kettner, Dresden Academy of Fine Arts (HfBK)
1979-1980 Fellowship at the F+F School of Art and Media Design, Zurich, Svizzera
1980 Return to Dresden, Teaching position at the HfBK, later lectureship
1989-2001 Rector at the HfBK, Dresden
2003 Professorship at the Art University of Dortmund
Since 1980 Regular exhibitions both at home and abroad; his work is found in the collections of numerous prestigious museums throughout Germany and Europe
Since 2000 he has been living and working in Berlin.
Detailed Description :
Johannes Heisig is one of the well-known members of the Heisig Family, the famous East Germany family of painters, who has established himself in Leipzig, Dresden and Berlin, Germany, and now count among the most renowned representatives of contemporary figurative art in Germany.
As son of Bernhard Heisig, the renowned artist of the former GDR, Johannes Heisig was raised in immediate contact with the artistic environment of the Leipzig School. Coming from that tradition of socio-critical realism and the pathos of the painting of the early GDR, Johannes Heisig has since begun pursuing new paths of objectivity in his artistic work.
The visual power of the experience and the observations that he collects with an incisive eye are conveyed using an expressive and raw visual language with which he removes the realistic image from its familiar surroundings and transforms it, often after months of reworking and over-painting, into something unfamiliar and unique.
Also exhibited by:
Sims Reed Gallery,
Chowaiki & Co.,
Alon Zakaim Fine Art,
Also represented by:
KM Fine Arts | Chicago - Los Angeles,
ARCHEUS / POST-MODERN,
Waterhouse & Dodd,
Galería La Cometa,
Simon Capstick-Dale Fine Art,
1940 born in Dresden
1957 – 1960 state-assigned apprenticeship as precision mechanic
1961 failed entrance examination to the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig
1980 – 1963 work as precision mechanic, undertakes an evening course under Walter Münze at the Evening school of the Academy of Visual Arts (HfGuB), Leipzig
1963 – 1968 studies at the Academy of Visual Arts, study group Prof. Gerhard-Kurt Müller, undergraduate studies under Fritz Fröhlich, Prof. Hans Mayer-Foreyt and Harry Blume
1968 diploma at the Academy of Visual Arts, then freelance activity
1973 – 1974 Aspirantur (postgraduate study / doctoral program) involving teaching position at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig
1978 Art Prize of the GDR
1979 promotion to tutor and head of department for undergraduate studies at the
1982 professorship at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig
1982 participation at the Venice Biennale
1983 National Award of the GDR for Art and Literature
1984 participation at the Venice Biennale
1970 – 1986 member of the Association of Artists / GDR
1975 – 1986 teaching assignment at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig
1987 – 1988 visiting professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main
1988 appointment to professorship for painting at the Berlin University of the Arts
2006 end of teaching assignment at the Berlin University of the Arts
Lives and works in Berlin-Charlottenburg and –Moabit.
Detailed Description :
Volker Stelzmann’s paintings, intriguingly reminiscent of the old masters, are characterized by multi-figure compositions emerging from an inferred and dim background. The countenance and bearing of the figures prove particularly confounding for the viewer: women and men are to be seen – walking, bending over or in the middle of sweeping gestures – amidst urban scenarios and/or mannerist Biblical scenes. Street scenes, carnivals, circuses, varieties and biblical locals, especially those of the Passion, are the stages, where the artist’s characters act out their allegorical roles in the theatrum mundi. The account of the Passion, with the scenes of the Christ carrying the Cross or the Last Supper, holds a particular position in the work of Stelzmann, for within this narrative the philosophical question of human existence is placed the most clearly.
Within his occasionally grotesque-appearing pictorial scenes, Stelzmann uses his distinctly own and subtle irony to explore social identity as well as the human characters – and all their modes of behavior – populating it. Absent eyes gazing from exaggerated, puppet-like and voiceless faces reveal forlorn souls of society, offer a fascinating manifestation of Stelzmann's merciless bit simultaneously humane image of humanity, and encourage philosophical reflection within the viewer.
Other Artists represented by the Gallery:
Modern and contemporary art; especially Surrealism and CoBrA paintings, drawings and sculpture
The programme of DIE GALERIE, founded in 1979 by director Peter Femfert, stresses on Surrealism, CoBrA and internationally acknowledged figurative art from modern and contemporary artists, as Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, André Masson, Jean Dubuffet, Corneille, Karel Appel, Pierre Alechinsky, Lucebert, Friedensreich Hundertwaasser, Volker Stelzmann, Robert Combas, Igor Mitoraj or Dietrich Klinge. Presentations on art fair, i.e. in New Delhi, Paris, Chicago, New York City, Seoul and Cologne.