Julia Benz

Bio

With her distinctive style, Julia Benz embodies the painting of a new generation. She rigorously resists the coolness and rationality in art, which follows a strict formalism and is underpinned by a theoretical context. With an assertive directness she demands a new, expressive freedom of painting.

In her mostly large-format works Julia Benz manages to create exciting and complex worlds full of dynamics. Abstract resolutions of concrete forms and self-confident color combinations play an important role. „For me, colors are emotions. They shock and fascinate me at the same time. And also they constantly challenge me to mediate between the dominance of colors and the sensuality of painting.“ This ambivalence serves her as inspiration in the working process, in which layers are superimposed, surfaces are continued, supplemented or completely dissolved.

Julia Benz studied free painting at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art and at the Berlin University of the Arts and graduated as a master student in painting. She lives and works in Berlin.

Bio

Durch ihre unverwechselbare Handschrift verkörpert Julia Benz die Malerei einer neuen Generation. Sie widersetzt sich rigoros der Kühle und Rationalität in der Kunst, die einem strengen Formalismus folgt und mit einem theoretischen Kontext unterbaut wird. Sie fordert mit einer unerhörten Direktheit eine neue, expressive Freiheit der Malerei ein.

In ihren meist großformatigen Arbeiten schafft es Julia Benz spannungsvolle und komplexe Welten voller Dynamik zu erzeugen. Dabei spielen abstrakte Auflösungen von konkreten Formen und selbstbewusste Farbkombinationen eine wichtige Rolle. „Farben sind für mich Emotionen. Sie schockieren und faszinieren mich zugleich. Sie fordern mich permanent heraus, zwischen der Dominanz der Farben und der Sinnlichkeit der Malerei zu vermitteln.“ Diese Ambivalenz dient ihr als Inspiration im Arbeitsprozess, in dem Schichten überlagert, Flächen weitergeführt, ergänzt oder völlig aufgelöst werden.

Julia Benz hat freie Malerei an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf und an der Universität der Künste Berlin studiert und als Meisterschülerin in Malerei abgeschlossen. Sie lebt und arbeitet in Berlin.

VITA

Born in 1985
Lives and works in Berlin

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2020
Antonymdimension – Installation, private comission, Vienna
Void Projects, Mural for Homemuralfestival, Berlin
init – Mural, private comission, Berlin
Antonymdimension I – Installation for c/o Galerie, Berlin
Cyan Mural at Paypal Office, Dreilinden, Berlin

2019
Satellite Installation – Vienna Art Week, Galerie Gerald Hartinger Fine Arts, Vienna
Festival Concreto, Mural, Goethe Institute Brasil, Fortaleza
Out of mind. Just in time. – Solo Exhibition, Galerie Gerald Hartinger Fine Arts, Vienna
Between the lines. – Solo Exhibition, Die Kunstagentin, Cologne
Malachite Mural – Metropolink Festival, Heidelberg
Group Exhibition – Galerie Gerald Hartinger Fine Arts, Vienna
Group Exhibition – Maze Gallery, London
Aporias – Group Exhibition, Mirus Gallery, San Fransisco
Technicolor-Group Exhibition, Gallery Zimmermann & Jungfleisch, Saarbrücken
Urvanity Art Fair, Madrid
CATHARSIS – Solo Exhibition, Galerie Gerken, Berlin

2018
STREET Project – Berlin Wall, Goethe Institut Thailqnd, Bangkok
ProAbstraction – Group Exhibition, Swinton Gallery, Madrid
FB Air Program – Mural for the Facebook Office Berlin
Pasila Mural and Mural at Goethe Institut Finnland, Helsinki
Tao Hua Tan – Artist Residency, Tao Hua Tan, China
Best of Galerie Gerken – Group Exhibition, Galerie Gerken, Berlin

2017
Natural Space – Group Exhibition, Galerie Gerken, Berlin
Not my Circus, Not my Monkeys – Solo Exhibition, Die Kunstagentin, Cologne
Nice to meet you too – Group Exhibition, Die Kunstagentin, Cologne
In a while Crocodile – Solo Exhibition, Heliumcowboy Artspace, Hamburg
What the Weekend is Gallery II – Group Exhibition, The Art Union, Berlin

2016
Bonbons und Bier – Group Exhibition, Heliumcowboy Art Space, Hamburg
Jim Avignon – Rendevouz der reunde – Group Exhibition, Schacher Raum für Kunst, Stuttgart
Don´t hug me. I´m scared. — Solo Exhibition, Die Kunstagentin Gallery, Cologne
What the Weekend is Gallery — Group Exhibition, The Art Union, Urban Spree Gallery, Berlin

2015
Yalla! Go paint Khartoum! Project Organisation and Workshop, Goethe Institut Sudan, Khartoum
Art.Fair Cologne, Die Kunstagentin Gallery, Cologne
Lost in Trainstation — Solo Exhibition, Heliumcowboy Artspace, Hamburg
Art Copenhagen— Art fair, Heliumcowboy Artspace, Copenhagen
Yalla Mural for WestART, WDR, Düsseldorf
Millerntor Gallery #5 — Group Exhibition, Millerntor Gallery, Hamburg
Scope Art Basel — Art fair, Heliumcowboy Artspace, Basel
60 Jahre Kunst — Group Exhibition, Heliumcowboy Artspace, Hamburg
Das eigene Ich — Group Exhibition, Affenfaust Gallery, Hamburg
WeLoveYouganda – Mural at National Theater Kampala with Millerntor Gallery and Viva con Agua, Kampala (Uganda)

2014
Window Seat — Solo Exhibition, Die Kunstagentin Gallery, Cologne
Yalla! Go paint Khartoum!, Project Organisation and Workshop, Goethe Institut Sudan, Khartoum
Down by Law — Solo Exhibition, Eichblatt Gallery, Berlin
Knotenpunkt 2014 — Group Exhibition, Affenfaust Gallery, Hamburg
Millerntor Gallery #4 — Group Exhibition, St. Pauli Stadion, Hamburg
Project M/4 — Group Exhibition, Urban Nation, Berlin
Community Clash 3 — Group Exhibition, Artconnect Berlin, Berlin

2013
Everything Amazing – Nobody Happy — Solo Exhibition, Urban Spree Gallery, Berlin
The Circle Show — Group Exhibition, Urban Spree Gallery, Berlin
Millerntor Gallery – Overtime — Group Exhibition, Heliumcowboy Artspace, Hamburg
Millerntor Gallery #3 — Group Exhibition, St. Pauli Stadion, Hamburg
Spring Broken — Solo Exhibition, Die Kunstagentin Gallery, Cologne

2012
Blooom — Art Fair, Die Kunstagentin Gallery, Cologne
Give it a second, it ́s going to space, Galerie Die Kunstagentin, Köln

EDUCATION
2015 – Masterclass Degree in Painting at University of Arts Berlin (Professor Burkhard Held)
2012-2014 Painting at University of Arts Berlin
2010-2012 Painting at Art Academy Düsseldorf

NEWS

Kurzdokumentation ‚Everything Amazing – Nobody Happy‘ über die Künstlerin Julia Benz

Julia Benz worked together with Goethe Institut and Editude Pictures on a project in Sudan: Yalla! Khartoum 2014

Companion Magazine Issue #4: Feature about Julia Benz cooperating with Viva con Agua in Hamburg

„The Why Not Magazin“ über Julia Benz

WDR WESTART Live: Julia Benz – Kunst in 60 Minuten

New Print Release by Julia Benz

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