»Being honest, authentic, approachable.
That is what I want in and through my art.«

DIETMAR BRIXY

Dietmar Brixy is a German painter and sculptor. He was born in Mannheim in 1961 and studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe from 1985 to 1991, where his teachers included professors Wilhelm Loth, Katharina Fritsch, and Harald Klingelhöller. He has been living and working as a fulltime artist in Mannheim since 1991. In 2001, he purchased the Neo-Gothic Altes Pumpwerk (a disused pumping station) in the Neckarau district of Mannheim and has since lovingly restored the old industrial building, converting it into a living space and studio surrounded by gardens. He has won several awards for the renovation, for example, from the historical monument society of the Denkmalstiftung Baden-Württemberg.

 

Nature is the primary source of inspiration for Brixy’s art. His paintings speak a very distinctive, expressive, and animated language that the artist weaves into his compositions through his vigorous use of paintbrushes, palette knives, combs, and other tools. In his impossibly sensual paintings, Brixy has for years combined elements of abstract action painting and gestural figuration. The modeling of several layers of paint into vibrating images has long been his instantly recognizable signature style. The artist not only uses tools to create his paintings but is quite literally “hands on,” shaping the thick impasto oils into organic and vegetal structures directly with his hands like a sculptor. The end result of this dance-like practice on the canvas is a sensation of color that is dynamic and baroque.

 

Brixy is represented by galleries in Germany and abroad and participates in numerous international art fairs every year.

 

  • 1961 born in Mannheim, Germany
  • 1985-1991 Studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe as a student of professors Wilhelm Loth, Michael Sandle, Harald Klingelhöller, Katharina Fritsch, Werner Pokorny and Elisabeth Wagner
  • 1988 Annual exhibition of the Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, Germany (first prize)
  • 1989 scholarship awarded by the city of Mannheim (sojourn in Krakow, Poland)
  • since 1991 independent artist, lives and works in Mannheim, Germany.
  • 1998 Recipient of the Advancement Award of the Ludwig-Roos-Foundation
  • 2001-2003 Restoration and conversion into a home and studio with an artfully designed garden landscape of the Neo-Gothic Altes Pumpwerk Neckarau pumping station (dewigned and erected in 1903 according to the plans of Mannheim’s director of town planning Richard Perrey) in accordance with monument preservation guidelines
  • 2004 The artist was awarded the monument preservation prize of the Württemberg Hypo, the Schwäbischer Heimatbund, the Landesverein Badische Heimat, and the Denkmalstiftung Baden Württemberg for the work he commissioned as owner of the new “Altes Pumpwerk” (Old Pumping Station) Mannheim-Neckarau
  • 2008 „WELDE Art Award“ (recipient of the audience ward)
  • 2014 “WELDE Art Award” (recipient of the audience ward)
  • 2015 Mannheims Cityscape Award (monument preservation award).

Painting and study sojourns in other European countries (since 2003: regular trips to the Canary Island La Palma, where his works on paper, which are part of the “Eden” series, have been created and continued since 2009) and in Malaysia, Mexico and Bali, as well as on the Seychelles and in the United States, among other places.

EXHIBITIONS 2009 – 2022

One Artist Shows (OAS), Group Shows (GS)

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2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
  • Old Pumping Station Mannheim-Neckarau „Eden“ (OAS)
  • Minister of State in the Federal Chancellery and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Bernd Naumann, visits Brixy in Old
  • Old Pumping Station Mannheim-Neckarau; Schiller Days Mannheim (project work)

GALLERIES SINCE 1995

  • Barbara von Stechow Gallery, Frankfurt (OAS + GS)
  • Tammen Gallery, Berlin (OAS + GS)
  • Christian Marx Gallery, Düsseldorf (OAS + GS)
  • GALERIE SUPPER, Baden-Baden (GS)
  • Arrigoni Gallery, Baar/Zug, CH (OAS)
  • arthea Gallery, Rosengarten, Mannheim (OAS)
  • Monika Beck Gallery, Homburg (OAS)
  • Biesenbach Gallery, Cologne (GS)
  • Peter Breuer Gallery, Zwickau (OAS)
  • el-ga-le-rie, Karlsruhe (OAS)
  • Falkenberg Gallery for New Art, Hannover (OAS)
  • Angelo Falzone Gallery, Mannheim (OAS + GS)
  • Francaise Gallery, Munich (OAS)
  • Hafenliebe Gallery, Hamburg (OAS)
  • Heufelder-Koos Gallery, Munich (OAS)
  • Kunsträume | The Heinz Julen Art Gallery, Zermatt, Switzerland (OAS)
  • Cornelia Kamp Gallery, Keitum – Sylt (OAS)
  • LandskronSchneidzik Gallery, Nuremberg, „Brixy – Surprise“ (OAS)
  • Saby Lazi Gallery, Stuttgart (OAS)
  • MAC Art Galleries, Fort Lauderdale, USA (GA)
  • MAC Art Galleries, Delray, USA (GA)
  • MAC Art Galleries, Fort Lauderdale, USA (GA)
  • Stadtlandkunst. Forum for Cultural Worlds. Hamburg Harbour City(OAS)
  • Jörg Schuhmacher Gallery, Frankfurt (OAS)
  • Vigny Gallery, Munich (OAS)
  • Weisses Haus Gallery, Wuppertal (OAS)
  • White Porch Gallery, Provincetown, USA (OAS)
  • White Porch Gallery/R-House, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA (OAS)
  • Kunst in der Zehntscheune. Reimund Boderke, Bad Homburg (OAS)
  • Zezhong Gallery, Peking, China (OAS)
  • Zulauf Gallery, Freinsheim (OAS + GS)

INSTITUTIONS, MUSEUMS AND ART SOCIETIES SINCE 1995

  • Commerzbank, Hamburg (GS)
  • Commerzbank, Mannheim (GS)
  • Volksbank, Weil der Stadt (OAS)
  • European Parliament Brussels, Belgium (OAS)
  • Culture Foundation Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Dilsberg (GS)
  • Fruchthallen, Kaiserslautern (GS)
  • Gallery of Hoechst AG, Frankfurt (OAS)
  • State Garden Show, Hockenheim (GS)
  • University of Pforzheim (GS)
  • Baden Art Society, Karlsruhe (GS)
  • Leimen Art Society (GS)
  • Mannheim Art Society (OAS + GS)
  • Salon d’ Automne International de Luneville, France (GS)
  • Schwetzingen Art Society (OAS + GS)
  • Worms Art Society (OAS)
  • Nationaltheater, Mannheim (GS)
  • Museum Baden, Solingen-Gräfrath (GS)
  • Museum Blue, Schwetzingen (GS)
  • Museum for Technology and Work, Mannheim (GS)
  • Pfalz Gallery, Kaiserslautern (GS)
  • Reißmuseum, Mannheim (GS)
  • Municipal Gallery Villa Streccius, Landau (GS)
  • Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen (GS)

FAIRS SINCE 1999

  • ART MIAMI, USA
  • ART Frankfurt, Germany
  • ART Innsbruck, Austria
  • ART.FAIR 21 Cologne, Germany
  • art KARLSRUHE, Germany
  • Art Market Budapest, Hungary
  • Art Sylt, List, Germany
  • Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea Florence, Italy
  • BRAFA Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium
  • Cheongju Crafts Biennale, Korea
  • Contemporary Istanbul, Turkey
  • CONTEXT Art Miami, USA
  • CONTEXT New York, USA
  • Discovery Art Fair, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Positions Berlin, Germany
  • Positions International Art Fair, Luxemburg
  • Red Dot Miami, USA
  • Vienna Art, Austria