Working in the medium of painting, Matthias Dornfeld has developed a highly recognizable visual aesthetic. The artist uses his longtime interest in classical subjects such as landscapes, portraits or still lives as starting points for his works, which are characterized by bright colors and a quick, strong brush stroke. Layer upon layer, Dornfeld then heavily alters these primary elements on the canvas, analytically choosing limitations within which he creates paintings that embrace different levels of abstractions, carrying an intentional child-like character. By doing so, Dornfeld actively breaks free from academic constraints and opens up a space in his paintings in which psychologically and art-historically heavily loaded discourses meet seemingly naïve subjects, irony and mysticism.
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 Günther Förg. Dornfeld’s art has been shown internationally since 2001, and is part of numerous renowned art collections. His next exhibition solo will be at Kunstverein Oldenburg in 2022. Selected recent solo shows include: Crème brûlée, (Soy Capitán, Berlin, 2020), 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 include Just in case you would have forgotten (curated by Erno Vroonen, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, AT, 2020), Amidst, a three person exhibition including Matthias Dornfeld, Roger Herman and Leo Mock (China, Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles US, 2017), 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).
Matthias Dornfeld born 1960 in Esslingen, Germany lives and works in Berlin.