Axel Geis /   Axel Geis

Germany 1970

Fine Art, Painting

Axel Geis
Axel Geis
February 1, 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.

Axel Geis is a Contemporary artist born in 1970 in Limburg, Germany. He got his BFA from the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe in 1994, and his MFA from the Akademie für Bildende Künste Mainz in Germany in 2001.

In his oil paintings, Geis focuses on human figures – be they solitary, in pairs, or even in elaborately arranged groups. Geis draws his motifs primarily from film, adapting individual characters or, on occasion, entire scenes from this reservoir. In a painterly process of abstraction, the artist removes his models from their narrative context and liberates them from the roles originally assigned to them. The figures and heads seem incomplete, and the scenes come across as fragmentary against extensive, undefined backgrounds. Variations of the human head, his main subject, permeate Geis’s oeuvre – they are not intended to be depictions of the face in the classical sense of portraiture, but to veil individual traits. This exemplifies the artist’s search for a human dimension beyond the reproduced image.

He has had many solo and group exhibitions, in Germany, Denmark, South Korea, France and USA, among others.

Geis currently lives and works in Berlin.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Avlskarl (upcoming)Copenhagen, Denmarksolo
2014PersonaBaton Gallery, Seoul, South Koreasolo
2014ChandelierWentrup, Berlin, Germanysolo
2014FreundschaftenMoller Witt, Aarhus, Denmarkgroup
2014Drive the Change100plus, Zurich, Switzerlandgroup
2014PaperworldsMe Collectors Room, Berlin, Germanygroup
2014MASTERWORKSPortland Art Museum, Portland, USAgroup
2013ChandelierKunstverein Dillingen im Alten Schloß Dillingen, Dillingen, Germanysolo
2013MASTERWORKSPortland Art Museum, Portland, USAgroup
2013Ausstellung der Sammlung Florence und Daniel GuerlainCentre Pompidou, Parisgroup
2012Axel GeisAvlskarl Gallery, Copenhagensolo
2012UnknownCollection Juan and Patricia Vergez, Buenos Airesgroup
2012Der arge Weg der ErkenntnisGloria Berlin, Berlingroup
2012Ich bin ein BerlinerTel Aviv Museum group
2012Ich bin ein BerlinerHelena Rubenstein Pavillion and Convento Carmelo, Sassari, Italygroup
2011L’infinitoWentrup, Berlinsolo
2011Oceanic Circle Showroom Überseequartier, Hamburggroup
2011Lysets Land III Skagen Projekt, Skagen (Dk)group
2011Ich bin ein BerlinerMestrovic Pavillion, Zagreb group
2011Arbeiten aus dem Bleistiftgebietvan Horn, Düsseldorfgroup
2011Paint, Pigment and ColourAvlskarl Gallery, Copenhagengroup
2010Saint HillAvlsarl Gallery, Copenhagensolo
2010Blickkontakte – Niederländische Portraits des 17. Jahrhunderts im Dialog mit Kunst der GegenwartAnhaltische Gemäldegalerie, Dessaugroup
2010Love Kills. Betting on the museFrankfurt, Maingroup
2010SchwarzMärkisches Museum, Wittengroup
2010EinraumhausMannheim group
2010Step In The ArenaSonderwerkstatt, Saarbrückengroup
2010Waking the DeadAutocenter, Berlingroup
2010Berlin BoxKunsthalle Andratx, Mallorcagroup
2010HypernaturalKunstcampus, Berlingroup
2010Hot StuffAvlskarl Fine Arts, Copenhagen group
2009Die Wildgänse kommenWentrup, Berlinsolo
2009Zeigen. Ein Audioguide durch BerlinTemporäre Kunsthalle, Berlingroup
2009Berlin meets ViennaSalon Österreich, Viennagroup
2009Winter group showGalleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagengroup
2009Strahl Dich ausSamuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeldgroup
2009Schickeria-High SocietyBDA-Ausstellungsraum, Braunschweig group
2009Große HerbstausstellungKwadrat, Berlingroup
2009CargoAutocenter, Berlingroup
2009RootsWentrup, Berlingroup
2009Menschenbilder 1620-2009Museum Abtei Liesborngroup
2009PodrostockSOX, Berlingroup
2009UnknownSchickeria, Berlingroup
2008Axel GeisMitchell Innes & Nash, New Yorksolo
2008Axel GeisGalerie Almine Rech, Parissolo
2008Axel GeisKunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheimsolo
2008Berlin,…-2008Kwadrat, Berlingroup
2008London CallingGalerie Jan Wentrup –Temporary Space, Londongroup
2007Euro- centric, Part 1: new European Art from the Rubell Family CollectionRubell Family Collection, Miamigroup
2007XXS – Israeli and International artistsSommer Contemporary, Tel Avivgroup
2007NiveaualarmKunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruckgroup
2007Malkunst 2Fondazione Mudima, Mailand and Schloss Plüschow, Mecklenburggroup
2006ModenaGalerie Jan Wentrup, Berlinsolo
2006Full House - Gesichter einer SammlungKunsthalle Mannheimgroup
2006Cultivation of LightPR 17 Raum, Berlingroup
2005FlandernGalerie Karlheinz Meyer, Karlsruhesolo
2004Die ÜbergabeGalerie Jan Wentrup, Berlinsolo
2004UnknownGolden Pudel Club, Hamburggroup
2004UnknownSchickeria, Berlingroup
2004fuck you it is all flowersTurboplex, Berlingroup
2003Après SkiSchickeria, Berlingroup
2002soundsG7, Berlingroup
200124085292Bunker Kgb e.V., Wiesbadengroup
2001WandbilderAtelier Jenny Rosemeyergroup
2001Die Vertreibung der Händler aus dem Tempel2yk, Berlingroup
2001UnknownFernsehturm, Berlingroup
2000Genre PaintingG7, Berlingroup