Christian Awe

b 1978 Berlin, Germany. Lives and works in Berlin.


Christian Awe studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and is an internationally renowned artist with solo exhibitions across the globe. It is the urban, the pulsing life, and the people in big cities like Berlin, Ouagadougou or New York that provide him with his most vital sources of inspiration. In his new works he has been focusing his artistic work on a new series of water pictures.
Although everything is painted by hand, the canvas or paper seems dampened by real droplets, and the boundaries between reality and imagination are blurred. The droplets posit water in its purest form or are complemented by expressive “splashes of color”, covering the layers below them in rivulets or with apparently spontaneous gestures. What looks coincidentally on the first sight actually is a deliberately created composition. Awe’s works play with the impressions created up close or at a distance, color contrasts, matte vs. lustrous layers, specific impact made on the space and capturing the moment.
Christian Awe holds lectures and taught at several educational institutions and universities. He defines himself as an ambassador of a democratization of the arts and supports many social and art and education projects in Germany, the Middle East and Africa. In his works, especially in his large-scale murals, he deals with sociopolitical topics such as the current refugee situation in Europe, integration and a positive collective “we” feeling.



  • 2005. Graduate of the Universität der Künste, Berlin – Professor Georg Baselitz
  • 2006. Meisterschüler Universität der Künste, Berlin – Professor Daniel Richter
2011. Artist in Residence, Princeton University, Princeton
Solo show selection
  • 2017. "INFLUX", Galerie Ostendorff, Münster
  • 2017. "Jeux d’eau", Galerie Supper, Baden-Baden
  • 2016. "Beyond the Palettes", Sezon Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2016. "liqa'", Galerie Ludorff, Dusseldorf
  • 2016. "
EN VIE", art@sanofi, Berlin
  • 2016. "
WAZZER", Volksbank Weinheim Gallery
  • 2016. "fluid", Kunstverein Duisburg
  • 2015. "OffYourColorChart", Deutsche Bank, Nextower, Frankfurt am Main
  • 2015. "Siedepunkt", Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin
  • 2015. "delizia", Galerie Tristan Lorenz, Frankfurt am Main
  • 2015. "vitamin sea", Kunstverein Bad Dürkheim
  • 2014. "amour fou", Galerie Ludorff, Dusseldorf
  • 2014. "embody", Falckenberg Unique Art Concepts, Hamburg
  • 2013. "urbanity", Kunstverein Eastern Sauerland region / Haus Hoevener Museum, Brilon
  • 2013. "mind spray", Kunstverein Heppenheim, Berlin
  • 2013. "underneath", Falckenberg Unique Art Concepts, Hamburg
  • 2012. "A magic dwells in each beginning", Perm Art Residency, Perm, Russia
  • 2010. "WKB", Goldman Projects, Miami, USA
  • 2008. "Istanbul/Berlin", Contemporary Istanbul, Turkey
Group shows selection
  • 2017. "Away From Home", Künstlerforum Bonn
  • 2017. "SPLISHSPLASH", Kunstraum SCHAU FENSTER, Berlin
  • 2017. "Best of Bild+Bildnis", Kunstverein Duisburg
  • 2016. "DEEP WATER", Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm
  • 2016. "OPENING", Galerie Tore Suessbier, Berlin
  • 2016. "STILL LOST", Kunstraum SCHAU FENSTER, Berlin
  • 2016. "Abstract Attitudes", Galerie Christa Burger, Munich
  • 2016. "
RÄUME (rooms)", The Workspace, Berlin
  • 2016. "35 Jahre Galerie Fahnemann (35 years of Galerie Fahnemann)", Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin
  • 2016. "Lithomania", Kunstraum SCHAU FENSTER, Berlin
  • 2016. "30 Jahre – 30 Künstler/innen (30 years – 30 artists)", Kunstverein Weinheim
  • 2015. "GERMAN COOL", Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, V.A.E.
  • 2015. "paper works II", TS art projects, Berlin
  • 2015. "B[e] 52!", 52 Masterworks, Kunsthaus Maximilian, Munich
  • 2015. "40 Jahre – 40 Meisterwerke (40 years – 40 master pieces)", Galerie Ludorff, Dusseldorf
  • 2015. "Open Water", Galerie Ludorff, Dusseldorf
  • 2015. "N°2", Galerie Tristan Lorenz, Frankfurt am Main
  • 2015. "Formen der Abstraktion (forms of abstraction)", Galerie Ludorff, Dusseldorf
  • 2015. "In Situ – die Kunst mit der Architektur", Galerie Borchardt, Hamburg
  • 2014. "reKOLLEKT", Galerie Borchardt, Hamburg Urban Heroes, Kooperative K, Hagen
  • 2014. "Conturbanaries", Stattbad, Berlin
  • 2014. "From Europe with Love", OazArts / Wall Street Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2014. "Checkpoint Ilgen # 10", Sammlung Ilgen, Berlin
2013. "Wir ueberschreiten den Rubikon", Ostrale, Dresden
2012. "Escape the Golden Cage 2012", Vienna, Austria
  • 2012. "First Choice – Masterpieces", Galerie Terminus, Munich
  • 2012. "Figuring Abstraction", Galerie Favardin & de Verneuil, Paris, France
  • 2011. "salondergegenwart", Hamburg
  • 2011. "Christian Awe/Banksy/Russel Young", Keszler Gallery, Southampton, New York, USA
  • 2011. "Orlando/Berlin", Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, USA
  • 2011. "An exchange with Sol Lewitt", Cabinet, New York / MASS MoCA – Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, USA
  • 2010. "Boomerang. Perm Biennale of Graphic Arts", PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm, Russia
  • 2010. "Mirrors Of Continuous Change", Taekwang Industrial, Seoul, Korea
  • 2018. black│sea, 68projects, Berlin BLACK & WHITE, e.artis contemporary, Chemnitz
Art in public space / commissions / cooperations selection
  • 2016. "Begegnung (encounter)", Lower Saxony Representation Offices, Berlin
  • 2015. "Adanzé", Hauptstraße 117, Berlin-Schöneberg / COPRO Gruppe
  • 2013. "Kulturwelten", Kulturhaus Karlshorst / Land Berlin
  • 2012. "Glückspilz", Münster / WestLotto
  • 2012. "Lichtenberg", Frankfurter Allee 192, Berlin / HOWOGE
  • 2010. "Wynwood Kitchen and Bar", Miami, USA / Goldman Properties
Social engagement – charity projects / auctions selection
  • "Edition EN VIE l’eau / vivant" – financing the construction of a school and a hospital in Burkina Faso
  • "Edition Adanzé" – financing the construction of a school and a hospital in Burkina Faso
  • "Edition Begegnung (encounter)" – to support the "Niedersachsen packt an" initiative in order to help refugees coming to Germany
  • "Edition free spirit" – to support the Kofi-Annan-fellowship at the ESMT, Berlin
  • "Edition Vibrare" – in favour of the "Stiftung KinderHerz" (to support children who suffer from heart diseases)
  • "
PIN Charity auction" – in favour of the "Pinakothek der Moderne", Munich
  • Auction "Kunst für Obdach" – in favour of the homeless charity "Asphalt e.V. fiftyfifty", Dusseldorf
  • "Jubilee Art Auction" – in favour of the Michael Stich foundation, Hamburg (to support children who suffer from HIV and Aids)

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