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There is nothing subtle about Steve Viezens’ work. Born from the premise that everything is allowed in art, Viezens invites viewers to stray from the beaten path of proverbial painting genres and deliriously brakes apart social taboos, the absolute of power, the sanctity of religion, the hollowness of the politically correct and the deification of art. Viezens’ Germanic upbringing surfaces in his volatile fairytale like settings which dither between fascination and unease: a Gebrüder Grimm on steroids.

Whilst Viezens’ painterly underpinnings hail from the academic rigor of the Leipzig School, his stimulus originates from the master painters of Holbein, Velazquez and Van Dyk. In Captain Donut he deftly manipulates humour and the absurd to challenge symbols of power whilst One Lucky Duck ploughs into the Sound of Music kitsch of Alpine wholesomeness.

General Donut, 80×48 cm, oil on canvas, 2012
One Lucky Duck, 150×120 cm, oil canvas, 2012

Viezens was born in 1981 in Chemnitz and studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig between 1999 and 2005. He completed his Master studies under Prof. Sighard Gille in 2008. Since then Viezens was featured in numerous solo exhibitions such as Mann oder Maus, Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig (2005), The Teardrop Expolodes, City Gallery Schwaz, Austria (2007), Schwarzwald, Im names des Raumes, Berlin (2010) and I want to trade my dog for one of your pigs, Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig (2011). Selected group exhibitions include Belgische Pralinen, Galerie Antje Wachs, Berlin (2009), Convoy Leipzig, Biksady Galeria, Budapest (2011) and Tierstücke – Dutch animal painting of the 17th century in dialogue with contemporary painting, SØR Rusche Collection (2013). Viezens lives and works in Leipzig.

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