Stefan Marx

Germany 1979

Illustration, Prints, Design, Drawing

Stefan Marx
Stefan Marx
November 14, 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.

Stefan Marx is a German contemporary artist and illustrator who has developed his own catchy and exciting style of capturing the mundane world that surrounds us.

Born in 1979 in Schwalmstadt, Marx was educated by skate culture during his teenage years. Drawing inspiration from record covers, graffiti, techno culture and a uncommon interest in commercial airlines, Marx has created a vast artistic universe of childlike illustrations, characterized by humorous line drawings of people, animals, and landscapes.

Drawings by Stefan Marx

Stefan Marx - Mehr als ein T-Shirt Kunstverein Bielefeld - 2009
Stefan Marx – Mehr als ein T-Shirt Kunstverein Bielefeld – 2009

He observes his environment and constantly draws the things he sees around him, transforming every scene to numerous drawings with his exceptional way of expressing. Amongst drawings, he also creates record covers, skateboards, tattoos and even large-scale oil paintings and porcelain vases.

Many of his pieces contain various quotes that differs between quotes from friends he had noted coming from friends, while the larger paintings usually include lyrics from songs the artist loves. They are lyrics that he wants to represent in a visual way.

Marx’s Paintings

Stefan Marx - I'm Sleeping in my Clothes next to the Books - 2013 (Left) / I Wait Here For You Forever as Long as it Takes - Nieves Books - 2007 (Right)
Stefan Marx – I’m Sleeping in my Clothes next to the Books – 2013 (Left) / I Wait Here For You Forever as Long as it Takes – Nieves Books – 2007 (Right)

Marx’s work has been included in many individual and collective shows at galleries throughout the world including Galerie Karin Gunther, Hamburg; Colette Gallery, Paris; 126 Galerie, Rennes; Galerie Katharina Bittel, Hamburg; Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich; Gallery Loyal, Malmo; MAMA, Rotterdam; Now Idea Gallery, Tokyo; Monster Children Gallery, Sydney; Chapter One Gallery, London; and Galerie Feinkunst Krüge, Hamburg, to name a few.

Aged 19, while still in school, he founded his own T-shirt label Lousy Livin’ Company. Since then he has worked for many Skateboard & T-Shirt Labels around the world. The artist is currently illustrating for clothing label Cleptomanicx and designing covers and posters for Smallville Records.

Stefan Marx - In Dreams - Ruttkowski;68, Cologne - 2015 - installation view
Stefan Marx – In Dreams – Ruttkowski;68, Cologne – 2015 – installation view

Stefan Marx is based in Hamburg.

Portrait Photo by Pelle Buys van Houtem
Images Courtesy © Stefan Marx

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015In DreamsRuttkowski;68, CologneSolo
2015A blur, a beautiful blurry blurGalerie Karin Gunther, HamburgGroup
2014The Sanest Days are MadsZ Sued, CologneSolo
2014Stone in the RiverColette Gallery, ParisSolo
2014New Drawings126 Galerie, RennesSolo
2014Rebel Without a CauseGalerie Karin Gunther, HamburgSolo
2014Krankheit als MetapherKunsthaus, HamburgGroup
2014Namaste with Max FrisingerGalerie Katharina Bittel, HamburgGroup
2013Gravity HitsThe Art Park, Byron BaySolo
2013Affordable BananasGalerie Jurgen Becker, HamburgGroup
2012Goodbye MondaysPRIMETIME, New YorkSolo
2012Stefan Marx — Die HefteGalerie Karin Gunther, HamburgSolo
2012To The Lights And Towns BelowPost Poetics, SeoulSolo
2012An Example of an InstallationNow IDea, TokyoGroup
2012To Begin is to be Half DoneBusan Station, BusanGroup
2012The Kids Are AlrightKunsthal Rotterdam, RotterdamGroup
2012Wer zuruck bleibtKunstverein St. Pauli Tour, wird zuruck gelasenGroup
2012Back in Seven MinutesGalerie Feinkunst Kruger, HamburgGroup
2012Affordable Bananas or WhateverGalerie Jurgen Becker, HamburgGroup
2011Economy ClasGalerie Ute Parduhn, DuseldorfSolo
2011TodenhausenKaseler Kunstverein, KaselSolo
2011Fantastique ÉlastiqueGalerie Francesca Pia, ZurichGroup
2011TotholzGallery Loyal, MalmoGroup
2011SweatboxingMAMA, RotterdamGroup
2010Sentimental HeartbreakingGalerie Club Michel, FrankfurtSolo
2010The Houses and Homes seem QuietGerisch Sculpture Park, NeumunsterSolo
2010CaribicsNow Idea Gallery, TokyoSolo
2010DRAWMonster Children Gallery, SydneyGroup
2010Disorder DisorderPenrith Regional GalleryGroup
2009PLEEEASEKunstverein HamburgSolo
2009The New Old GroupGalerie Karin Gunther, HamburgSolo
2009Mehr als ein T-ShirtKunstverein BielefeldGroup
2009GenesisChapter One Gallery, LondonGroup
2008TodenhausenFeinkunst Kruger, HamburgSolo
2008Vertrautes TerrainKarlsruhe, ZKM, Resonanz RaumGroup
2008ich weis nicht wer wen mehr vermistGalerie Hafenrand, HamburgGroup
2007Welcome To The Second Spliting Of The AtomFeinkunst Kruger, HamburgSolo
2007Egyptian LonelinesMonster Children Gallery, SydneySolo
2007Until Now, GoodbyeDon‘t come Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2007Von A bis OGalerie Jurgen Becker, HamburgGroup
2006Welcome to where ever you are notGalerie Hafen+Rand, HamburgSolo
2006Le BoxxLe Boxx, MalmoGroup
2005The Banjo People88b Gallery, LondonGroup
2004INDEX 04Kunsthaus, HamburgGroup
2004Moving UnitsKingsland Road, LondonGroup
2003Sideeffects of UrethaneOff Location, LondonGroup