Julia Benz

b 1985 Wittlich, Germany . Lives and works in Berlin.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work is an on-going pilgrimage taking my experiences and translating them into a visual narrative through painting. I was born in town in Germany, where I was exposed to classical European painters. This inspired me to study at Dusseldorf Art Academy. There I found my passion was with bold complementary color palettes that create depth and space. My painting style ranges from conceptual themes inspired by imagination, nature and architecture. Figurative elements and references find their way into my work as accents to the compositions. The juxtaposition abstraction my work focuses on takes these as the foundation for my visual narrative. For me – the process of painting begins with the act of gesture and color. Over time as I work out my inspiration the idea and concepts work themselves into the paintings. I focus on contemporary painting to relate to the viewer. Bringing expression and energy to every artwork I create.

Vita

Education
  • 2015 Masterclass Degree in Painting at University of Arts Berlin (Professor Burkhard Held)
  • 2012 -2014 Painting at University of Arts Berlin (Professor Burkhard Held)
  • 2010 - 2012 Painting at Art Academy Düsseldorf
Exhibitions:
  • 2016, September - Don´t hug me. I´m scared. - Solo Exhibition, Die Kunstagentin Gallery - Cologne, Germany
  • 2016, April - What the Weekend is Gallery - Group Exhibition, The Art Union - Berlin, Germany
  • 2015, November - Yalla! Go Paint Khartoum! - Project Organisation and Workshop with Goethe Institut Sudan - Khartoum, Sudan
  • 2015, October - Art.Fair Cologne - Art Fair, Die Kunstagentin Gallery - Cologne, Germany
  • 2015, September - Lost in Trainstation - Solo Exhibition, Heliumcowboy Artspace - Hamburg, Germany
  • 2015, September - Art Copenhagen - Art Fair, Heliumcowboy Artspace - Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2015, August - Yalla Mural - WDR WestART Television - Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2015, July - Millerntor Gallery #5 - Group Exhibition Millerntor Gallery - Hamburg, Germany
  • 2015, June - Scope Art Basel - Art Fair, Heliumcowboy Artspace - Basel, Switzerland
  • 2015, May - 60 Jahre Kunst - Group Exhibition, Heliumcowboy Artspace - Hamburg, Germany
  • 2015, April - Das eigene Ich - Group Exhibition, Affenfaust Gallery - Hamburg, Germany
  • 2015, February - We love Youganda - Mural at Nation Theater Kampala, Millerntor Gallery - Kampala, Uganda
  • 2014, December - Window Seat - Solo Exhibition, Die Kunstagentin Gallery - Cologne, Germany
  • 2014, November - Yalla! Go Paint Khartoum! - Project Organisation and Workshop with Goethe Institut Sudan - Khartoum, Sudan
  • 2014, October - Down by Law - Solo Exhibition, Eichblatt Gallery - Berlin, Germany
  • 2014, September - Knotenpunkt 2014 - Group Exhibition, Affenfaust Gallery - Hamburg, Germany
  • 2014, July - Millerntor Gallery #4 - Group Exhibition Millerntor Gallery - Hamburg, Germany
  • 2014, May - Project M/4 - Group Exhibition, Urban Nation - Berlin, Germany
  • 2014, April - Community Clash #3 - Group Exhibition, Artconnect Berlin - Berlin, Germany
  • 2013, December - Everything Amazing Nobody Happy - Solo Exhibition, Urban Spree - Berlin, Germany
  • 2013, July - The Circle Show - Group Exhibition, Heliumcowboy Artspace - Hamburg, Germany
  • 2013, July - Millerntor Gallery #3 - Group Exhibition Millerntor Gallery - Hamburg, Germany
  • 2012, October - Blooom Art.Fair - Art Fair, Die Kunstagentin Gallery - Cologne, Germany
  • 2012, July - Give it a second, It´s going to Space - Group Exhibition, Die Kunstagentin Gallery - Cologne, Germany

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