"Whenever I realize that a picture is becoming too harmonious and slick, I intervene and destroy what is pleasing."
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 directed 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.
"There are two complementary directions in my paintings. On the one hand, I create mostly abstract pictures and on the other hand pictures in which a predominantly figurative scene must assert itself against non-figurative picture elements."
“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