Franz Ehrenberg lives and works in Dresden, Germany




1987 born in Jena, Germany
2008 – 2013 studied Fine Arts at „Hochschule für bildende Künste Dresden“ with Prof. Christian Macketanz and Prof. Hans-Peter Adamski
2013 diploma
2013 – 2016 Master Student with Prof. Ralf Kerbach



2018 Art Karlsruhe, Art Fair, Karlsruhe | Junge Kunst VII, Galerie Irrgang, Leipzig |  2017 wintercollectiv IV, Galerie Irrgang, Leipzig | 2016 Generator – Videoinstallation, tjg. theater junge generation, Dresden | Melting Point, Galerie Irrgang, Leipzig | Art Bodensee, Art Fair, Dornbirn | 2015 Aspect to Aspect, Galerie Irrgang, Berlin | ORNÖ Festival, Alte Arbeitsanstalt, Dresden | 2014 Zwischenspiel, Galerie Tristan Lorenz, Frankfurt a. M. | Franz Ehrenberg, Selma van Panhuis, Uwe Sernow-Rose, Galerie Töplitz, Töplitz | 2013 Diplomausstellung, Oktogon der HfBK, Dresden | 2012 Art.Fair/Blooom, Köln | Auftakt, Galerie Irrgang, Berlin | Lerne selbstständig zu: KATZE, Senatssaal HfBK, Dresden | 2011 Junge Kunst VI, Galerie Irrgang, Leipzig | Unglaublich Hässlich, Galerie HfBK, Dresden | Defluxion 4, Gutschmiedstrasse, Dresden | Hans Peters Gemischtwaren, Galerie „Fischladen“, Gruppenaustellung, Dresden | Keresetlen csúf – das unwahrscheinlich Hässliche, Ausstellungsprojekt der Klassen Drozdik (Budapest) und Adamski (Dresden), Barcsay Terem, Ungarische Universität der bildenden Künste, Budapest, Ungarn | 2007 Echtzeit II, theater.Fact, Leipzig | 2006 Echtzeit, Malerei und Ausstellungskonzept, Gutenbergschule, Leipzig | Zusammenarbeit mit „Birkner-Stiftung“, Gutenberggalerie, Leipzig



In the reflection of a windowpane, the boundaries of the inside and outside blur into surreal scenarios. Based on this natural phenomenon, humans and space, explored in a painterly context, encounter each other free of rules and patterns as equal actors in surreal snapshots. Their emergence and understanding is subject to an active process of knowledge that involves deconstruction and construction.
The traditional painterly motifs of man and space meet in a theatrical narrative structure. The actor and the location are consciously staged and inseparably linked elements of a story. Man explains space, space explains man – only this dualism establishes the character and mood of a work. The wandering eye collects fragile snapshots that threaten to evaporate. Detached from the dimension of time, space gets rid of its purely physical existence and becomes symbol, abstraction, and feeling. Time is irrelevant; the snapshots grow together in a dynamic overlay that dissolves rational parameters such as time and distance. The motifs are everyday situations, public spaces, houses, rooms and people – scenes and memories that are characterized by a partly eerie, morbid atmosphere. These bizarre and surreal moments use actors and places as stereotypes in an everyday absurdity that is misunderstood as banal. The stereotype simplifies the world into patterns and rules that automate associations and judgments. This superficial association process is disturbed by
the unexpected intimacy of the moment, the pause and the vulnerability that elevates the actor to the tangible individual. The identification with a fundamental need for purpose elicits longing and loneliness. The direct superposition of the motifs disturbs the known habits of seeing in patterns and rules, it creates unrest and confusion. A dynamic that forces the viewer to receipt and interpret in an active and autonomous process. The breakup of superficiality becomes physically tactile, it becomes a physical act in search of intimacy. The relationship between the resolution of themes and levels, on the one hand, and the definition and degree of detail on the other, extends the originally cinematic scenario by the phenomenological examination of humans and space. The superposition of several image fragments happens through the breaking up of the image levels. The focus is on the painterly process as a physical act of revealing and concealing, which creates a physically tactile layering of the image planes by means of soft brush application or hard spatulas and free scratching. In the experimental work with color, the coarse or delicate, the thick and flat or thin and transparent application of paint becomes a sensory overload and a means of expression of dealing with rules and patterns. The variable degree of differentiation and degree of detail of the elements allow objectivity and abstraction to flow together. Form and colorfulness as highest power rule over the distinctiveness of the pictorial elements; for example, the heights and depths of the actor‘s extensively applied skin can move freely between the motif levels and become part of an architectural element. The hierarchy of spatial depth is resolved. The reduction to color, shape, surface and light frees elements from their level affiliation and requires a subjective construction process, which combines themes in content. The construction requires the constant deconstruction of elements and motives, of hypotheses and ideas. The principle of negation, meaning deconstruction, is imperative for the functioning of the world. Destruction becomes equivalent to creation. This process of negation becomes painterly tactile, the viewer witnesses the deconstruction and part of the construction. The sorting, the confusion, the reordering, understanding and calming become an individual cognitive process.


See more works of Franz Ehrenberg on his website!


“Dove”, 2018, Oil on canvas, 90 x 40 cm
“bewahrt”, 2017, Oil on canvas, 160 x 140 cm
“Festung”, 2018, Oil on canvas, 155 x 95 cm