Florian Foerster

Germany 1968

Painting, Prints


Florian Foerster
Florian Foerster
July 9, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Florian Foerster is a German printmaker, painter, draughtsman and teacher who works in wide variety of techniques, including printmaking, painting and 3D arrangements. Inspired by the places he has visited, Foerster’s work is informed by the investigation and observation of those places or themes associated with them.

Academic Background

Florian Foerster was born and raised in Oldenburg, West Germany. In 1989 he moved to England, where he did a foundation course at Manchester Polytechnic. Foerster received his degree in Fine Art Printmaking, from the Manchester Metropolitan University and John Moores University, Liverpool, in 1993. After graduation he taught printmaking part-time at Salford University College.
Amongst his artistic practice, Foester works as a structural engineer for buildings and bridges. In 1997 he earned a structural engineering degree at Manchester Victoria University, UK.

Sao Paulo – Insides, Outsides and In Between

Florian Foerster visited Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the first time in 1991, when he took part in a print workshop at the Museu Lasar Segall. One of the world’s most populous cities have stayed an inspiration and passion for Foerster’s work. Since his first journey to Sao Paulo, he has came back there several times, spending few months on each visit and creating paintings, collages and watercolours.
Florian Foerster uses reoccurring motifs and illustrations to redirect reference points through paintings and drawings, creating his own visions of the district of Bras, Boca do Lixo, and the Jardim da Luz.
The paintings, prints and drawings which have been produced during, or after journeys the artist did to a vast South American country, was presented in Brazil for the first time at his solo show entitled Sao Paulo – Insides, Outsides and In Between at the Gravura Brasileira in Sao Paulo in 2010.

Left: Florian Foerster - Cine Cairo, Sao Paulo - Centro, 2010 / Right: Florian Foerster - Sao Paulo – Jardim da Luz #3, 2011, photo credits - Florian Foerster
Left: Florian Foerster – Cine Cairo, Sao Paulo – Centro, 2010 / Right: Florian Foerster – Sao Paulo – Jardim da Luz #3, 2011

Frames of References of Frames

Frames of References of Frames is a series of three-dimensional prints by Florian Foerster and Boston-based artist Lara Loutrel. The series of 3D prints, accompanied by a photographic diary and notes in which the artists recorded how their work changed as the project developed. The main idea of the Frames of References of Frames project was to create a space between two artists who did not know anything about each other. Within this space, Florian Foerster and Lara Loutrel used a limited form of communication and watched the way it evolves.

Florian Foerster and Lara Loutrel - Frames of References of Frames, the Godine Gallery Boston, 2011, installation view, photo credits - Florian Foerster
Florian Foerster and Lara Loutrel – Frames of References of Frames, the Godine Gallery, Boston, 2011, installation view

Bridgeguard Residency in Sturovo, Slovakia

Florian Foerster has participated in individual and collective exhibition at the Goethe Institut, Manchester, 1994; Tib Lane Gallery, Manchester, 2004; Brasil Berliner Philharmonie, Berlin, 2004; Galerie SudostEuropa, Berlin, 2010; Saloon Su De CouCou, Berlin, 2010; Gravura Brasileira, Sao Paulo, 2010; and Graphias, Sao Paulo, 2015.
He was the sixth bridge guard at the Bridge Guard residence in Sturovo, Slovakia, which supports artists and scientists working on projects with the idea of bringing together, connecting, bridging.

Florian Foerster - Installation based on the Maria Valeria drawings, Galerie SuedOst Europa, Berlin, 2009, photo credits - Florian Foerster
Florian Foerster – Installation based on the Maria Valeria drawings, Galerie SuedOst Europa, Berlin, 2009

Foerster has been engaged in numerous art workshops with the Berliner Philharmonikers and schools and in international printmaking projects. His work is held in several notable private collections in Brazil, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Florian Foerster currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2017Pedacinhos rasgados do chaoGaleria Recorte, Sao PauloSolo
2017Behind the CurtainVentilator, BerlinGroup
2017Nos Meilleurs AmisBarbiche, BerlinGroup
2015A Sequence of NowsDisplay Gallery, LondonGroup
2015HerbstgruppenausstellungGalerie 55 limited, BerlinGroup
2015Layers and FragmentsGraphias, Sao PauloSolo
2014Aufgekratzt und TiefgedrucktBBK Printworkshop, BerlinGroup
2013UnknownOficina Cultural Oswald do Andrade, Sao Paulo Group
2013Decay and TransformationGravura Brasileira Gallery, Sao PauloSolo
2013LIA Leipzig International Art Programme, with Lara LoutrelSpinnerei, LeipzigGroup
2012Grafik im DialogBrasilianische Botschaft, BerlinGroup
2012Conversa GraphicaMuseu Florestal, Sao Paulo, BrasilGroup
2012Summer ExhibitionWendy Levy Gallery, Manchester, UKGroup
2012Follow MeSaloon Su de CouCou, BerlinGroup
2011Get togetherKuiperDomingos, BerlinGroup
2011La CabaneHaus am Lutzowplatz, BerlinGroup
2011Caixa UmburanaEstampa 2011, Sao PauloGroup
2011SaoPauloxBerlinxOxacaxcCairiGravura Brasileira, Sao PauloGroup
2011DialogosMuseu Florestal, Sao Paulo, BrasilGroup
2011Frames of References of Frames, with Lara LoutrelGodine Art Gallery, Boston, USAGroup
2011International Graphics BienaleSantos, BrasilGroup
2010StagedSalon Su de CouCou, BerlinSolo
2010Sao Paulo, inside-outside-in betweenGravura Brasileira, Sao Paulo, BrasilSolo
2010Inside Santa MariaLettretage, BerlinSolo
2010Art Tower Berlin, International Art FairBerlinGroup
2009Maria Valeria DrawingsGalerie SudostEuropa, BerlinSolo
2009Bocas do LixoDas Labor, BerlinSolo
2009Visuman and FriendsDas Labor, BerlinGroup
2009Here, there and everywhere, with Lara LoutrelBoston, USAGroup
2008Nacht und Nebel, with Lara LoutrelBerlinGroup
2007Nacht und NebelNeukoelln, BerlinSolo
2007Nacht und Nebel, with Kate PriceBerlinGroup
2006Deceptions and CrossingsMunicipal Museum Sturovo, SlowakeiSolo
2006Annual ExhibitionSchillerpalais, BerlinGroup
2005Newton Street StudioManchesterGroup
2004Recent WorksTib Lane Gallery, ManchesterSolo
2004The Miraculous MandarinBerliner Philharmonie, BerlinSolo
2003Newton Street StudioManchesterGroup
2000Recent WorksTib Lane Gallery, ManchesterSolo
1999PrizewinnerManchester AcademyGroup
1998PrizewinnerManchester AcademyGroup
1997Florian Foerster Galerie Zunge, BerlinSolo
1996Florian Foerster Royal Northern College of Music, ManchesterSolo
1996UnknownManchester AcademyGroup
1995Florian Foerster Liverpool School of Architecture, LiverpoolSolo
1995UnknownAinscough Gallery, LiverpoolGroup
1995PrizewinnerManchester AcademyGroup
1994Florian Foerster Goethe Institute, ManchesterSolo
1994Licence to print. 6 young printmakers in EnglandBrewery Arts Centre, KendalGroup
1993Florian Foerster Skelmersdale Arts CentreSolo