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Falk Gernegroβ’ overriding genre is the female act. Although he shares a formal and conceptual affinity with master painters of the Renaissance, his polished colour palette, light and shadow aesthetic, use of minute details and flat painting style are anchored in the stylized distortions of  Magic Realism. Gernegroβ often places his subject into frivolous poses illuminated from a light source that seems to emanate from the viewer. In Die Lästige Fliege, he faithfully represents his subject in an every-day situation but it is the haunting intensity of the effort that provides its surreal quality. The persistence of the female figure in a modern media-saturated world with its schism between the real and expected is a recurring theme. In Paula Gernegroβ focuses on the complex interplay between authenticity and artificiality in self-presentation by entering the subject into a theatrical monologue which exposes her intrinsic vulnerability in the face of an image-driven world.

Die Lästige Fliege, 140×113 cm, oil on wood, 2012

Paula, 100×70 cm, oil on wood, 2012

Falk Gernegroβ was born in 1973 in Marienberg. In 1997 he completed an apprenticeship in stone sculpture in Leipzig and thereafter started his undergraduate studies in painting at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. Between 2003 and 2005 he was “Meisterschüler” under Professor Arno Rink and between 2005 and 2008 under Professor Neo Rauch. Selected solo exhibitions include Ping-Pong, Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig (2008), Kurzgeschichten, Ornis A. Gallery, Utrecht (2012) and  Painting, Galerie am Ratswall, Bitterfeld (2013). Gernegroβ was included in numerous group exhibitions such as Realism uit Leipzig, Drents Museum, Assen (2009), Convoy Leipzig, Biksady Gallery, Budapest (2011) and 2013 Pittbullbutterfly, Galerie Leuenroth, Frankfurt/M. (2013). Gernegroβ lives and works in Leipzig.