Volker Mayr

"What composers do with music, poets with words, I wish to do with my paintings: inspire people and create emotions. I want to trigger impulses that make the soul of the viewer vibrate."

A Date With Mona Lisa - Oil on canvas 80 x 80 cm

Volker Mayr lives and works in Berlin. He was taught by his grandfather, the german painter Otto Glossmann and has been painting since his childhood. 

At the beginning of his art career, Volker Mayr started with realistic painting. Since 1985, non-figurative works have predominated with references to abstract expressionism. Getting older, he re-discovered the fascination of figurative painting and from time to time, he loves to add works in the impressionistic style to his abstract art. 

Volker's pictures arise from all the senses and emotions: they are sensual, un-premeditated and with a playful love for enigmatic details. Multiple and vibrant relationships between colors and surface textures are being created by layers that form transparent views, bold and expressive, emotional and spontaneous. Volkers dreams tend to be colorful but non-figurative – thus, his paintings follow his dreams.

Furthermore, he loves the challenge that an empty canvas brings to the artist: filling the void with a fantastic life that still retains its mysteriousness, making colors and forms move perpetually, and changing its rhythm, energy, and aura... With his paintings, Volker wants to trigger impulses that make the soul of the viewer vibrate.

The art historian Gerhard Charles Rump said about Volker:

"Mayrs paintings in their combination of painterly gestures and visible structures of the color mass are remarkable, the colors themselves, their tones. They move in rarely explored areas, do not jump at the viewer, but require a sensitive approach and a willingness to see them with patience to see all traces of nuances. Images as they are dynamic in origin and have a form of inventory that makes a meditative element."

A Smile On The Face Of The Tiger - Oil on canvas 120 x 90 cm
Face The Future And Act Now - Oil on canvas 100 x 80 cm
Celebration Of Colors - Oil on canvas 100 x 80 cm
Grace Under Pressure (Hemingway) - Oil on canvas 80 x 80 cm

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