Matthias Dornfeld

Matthias Dornfeld (click here for full biography/CV) was born in 1960 in Esslingen, Germany, and is based in Berlin. Working in the medium of painting, Matthias Dornfeld has developed a highly recognizable visual aesthetic, which evokes the tradition of German neo-expressionism, French Surrealism, but also – beyond art historical discurses – taps into naïve, mystical registers. Being the oldest of art forms, painting, for Matthias Dornfeld, provides access to a long-lost state of mind. One, which is prior to rational thinking and mankind’s detachment from the reign of nature. Multi-eyed creatures, chimeras and totem animals are recurring motives within his work. Molecular force fields seem to extend around his flower still lifes. Dornfeld’s canvases are palimpsests: Surfaces for dreamlike images to emerge freely – once rational control has surrendered to the workings of his brush.


Matthias Dornfeld studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich. Recent solo exhibitions include Paintings Sweet Paints (with Billy Childish) at Neuer Achener Kunstverein (2014), Viele Grüße! at Reception, Berlin (2013), OH my Goodness at Blanket Gallery, Vancouver. His work has been shown in group exhibitions such as Portraits at BolteLang, Zurich (2015), Commodious Thoughts from Outer Space curated by Gerwald Rockenschaub at Krobath, Vienna (2013), Transzendenz Inc. at Autocenter, Berlin (2010).


A vase is just a vase is just a vase - Paintings as deformed decoration, 2004, by Thibaut Verhoeven.
Chato's Land, in d646, 2010, by Hans-Jürgen Hafner, catalogue produced by Ben Kaufmann.
Der große Graben oder Anachronismus als Chance, in Dornfeld 645, 2008, by Daniela Stöppel, catalogue produced by Ben Kaufmann.
Bildgehirn, in Dornfeld 322, 2005, by Veit Loers, catalogue produced by Ben Kaufmann.
Harmonie im Bild. Zum analytischen Verfahren bei Matthias Dornfeld, in Dornfeld 231, 2005, by Doris Mampe, catalogue produced by Ben Kaufmann.