Sebastian Burger’s works on paper remind of fragmented Darwinian sketches that depict humans, plants, animals, and mythological figures overlaid onto a spectral milieu. Burger’s proficient drawing technique is imparted from the Leipzig Academy but the composition, soft outlines and a Kantian notion of the sublime are reminiscent of German Romantic painting. By deconstructing familiar objects and morphing them into alien forms outside of rational and scientific logic, Burger challenges the complex way objects stimulate memory and explores the formal relationships between the part and the whole. The overriding melancholy of Burgers drawings remind of the monochrome colour palette of Grisaille painting technique of the Middle Ages and works seamlessly with his suave pastiches of biomorphic ideas emerging from the shadows.
Sebastian Burger was born in 1980 in Magdeburg, Germany. He studied drawing and graphic at the Kunstschule in Vienna between 2001 and 2003 and then painting at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig from 2003 to 2009. He was “Meisterschüler” of Neo Rauch from 2009 until 2012. In 2012 he was awarded a grant from the prestigious Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Burger has participated in numerous important group exhibitions such as Der ehemalige Norden, Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe, Ettlingen (2010), Hotspot Berlin, Eine Momentaufnahme, Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin (2011), Der romantische Egoist, Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin (2011), Jahresgaben 2012, Kunstverein Braunschweig – Haus Salve Hospes, Braumschweig (2012), Der Aufstand der Dinge, Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg, Achaffenburg (2013), and EHF 2010, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin (2013). Burger lives and works in Leipzig