Leipzig 1960 - lives in Leipzig
Neo Rauch (born 1960 in Leipzig) is considered the most prominent representative of the New Leipzig School. His work draws inspiration from diverse contexts, which can be of a historical, socio-political or cultural nature, and – from surrealism to historical painting to realism – contain various references to art history. Like a collage, Rauch assembles narrative scenes into complex compositions that are by no means clearly decipherable, but rather appear mysterious and offer different possibilities of interpretation. The subconscious plays a decisive role in Rauch's dream-like paintings, in which enigmatic figures and landscapes are combined from seemingly different levels of time, space and meaning. The human experiences and realities reflected in them leave room for a contradictory, critical or identifying way of looking at the pictures.
Neo Rauch studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig in the 1980s, where he later taught as a professor. Solo exhibitions of the artist have been presented in renowned museums, e.g. the Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; The Drawing Center, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Albertina, Vienna; and Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin.
Rauch’s work is included in renowned collections, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art/Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam; Denver Art Museum, Denver; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg; Rubell Family Collection, Miami/Washington D.C. and Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, Zurich/Berlin.
Neo Rauch • Die Fährte
Neo Rauch • Lamm