Matthias Dornfeld

Matthias Dornfeld (click here for full biography/CV) born 1960 in Esslingen, Germany lives and works in Berlin. Dornfeld’s small-scale paintings based on his longtime interest in conventional themes, such as portraiture, landscape and still life. Within his interest in particular painting discourses, he not only operates in the tradition of classical pictorial genres, but also generates a visual aesthetic characteristic of earlier approaches to naïve expressive painting. Dornfeld’s work ultimately demonstrate that they are more acutely situated in the inventive painting strategies of analytical abstraction.


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 was included several group presentations, e.g. 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.