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.


Matthias Dornfeld studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich. In 2014 and 2015 he was visiting professor at the same Munich art academy, temporarily replacing Professor Günter Förg. Dornfeld’s art has been shown internationally since 2001, and is part of numerous renowned art collections. His recent solo shows include: Karussell (Helsinki Contemporary, 2016), A Loose Tooth in the Booth (Bruce Haines, London, 2016), Donnerstag (Matthias Jahn, Munich, 2015), Paintings Sweet Paintings (Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, 2014), Die Schönheit der Frau des Bäckers (Waldburger Wouters, Brussels, 2014), No Deleuze, No Flip-Flops (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2011), Matthias Dornfeld (Ben Kaufmann, Berlin, 2010), Matthias Dornfeld (Harris Lieberman, New York, 2009). Selected group shows: Die Dritte Hand – Last Exit Painting (Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, 2015), Captain Pamphile, A pictorial novel in pieces, Based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas (Deichtorhallen & Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, 2011).