A German postwar and contemporary artist born in 1957, Clemens Kaletsch is known for his endless landscapes and architectural spaces, with every sequence maintaining an uncertain balance between legibility and suggestion, between the creation and dissolution of form.
The human figure is at the center of the artist's work, accompanied by hidden quotations and allusions, meaningful visual metaphors like stairways, bridges, mirrors. Anchoring his art withing an older and modern European context, he also turns his practice into a discursive terrain that reflects the position of contemporary art. His work is a constant interplay between interior and exterior, between solidity and uncertainty.
Clemens Kaletsch first studied under Oswald Oberhuber at the school of applied arts in Vienna, and afterward, he studied at the die Akademie der Bildenden Künste under Arnulf Rainer. He was a member of the artist group called Junge Wilde during the 1980s.
Featured image: Clemens Kaletsch – Gruppe, 2019 (detail). Acrylic on canvas. 78 7/10 × 51 1/5 in. 200 × 130 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Galerie Ernst Hilger