Bernd Steinert

“I’m a dreamer and love real things. That's why I reduce mercilessly.”

Urforme Bernd - Oil on canvas 70 x 100 cm

German artist, Bernd Steinert was born in 1964 in Wegeleben and today lives and works in Friedrichsbrunn. He has studied at the University Potsdam (1985-90), the University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein in Halle, Germany (1998-2002) and was a member of Ramberk Artists' Association from 1999 to 2003. A founding member and chairman (2003-7) of the Kunstverein "Arbeitskreis 7Kunst - Kunstlervereinigung E. V., Steinert directred the 7kunstgalerie.

He has lived and worked together with Sylke Steinert since 2011 and since 2012 he has been a member of art association “Art | Quitilinga" in Quedlinburg. In 2016 he established Studio Steinert & Straka in the cotton spinning mill in Leipzig.

Urforme Sickl - Oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Horizontal - Oil on canvas 100 x 70 cm
Urforme Kanu - Mixed media 47 x 60 cm
The White Room - Oil on canvas 100 x 70 cm

“Stories of political power and of day-to-day politics do not particularly interest me. There are too many imposed patterns and simplified versions of the truth in play. I find the subjective approach much more fruitful. My pictures are not simple to read. Already in their technical realization, they are too complex for easy access.  Whenever I realize that a picture is becoming too harmonious and slick, I intervene and destroy what is pleasing.”

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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