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Sebastian Schrader

Sebastian Schrader's works (painting, oil on canvas) are firmly set in the „in-between“ transition. This in-between phase is thematic as well as being the core style of the artist's trademark. The figures are captured in the before and after; painted between representational and abstract, and positioned in the midst of life and art. They are transitional states without a dynamic perspective, except the willful ambition to illuminate the human standstill. The paintings capture the elements of change that deliberately deepens them, and makes them noticeable without standing too far from the image.
Found within the structure and presentation of an unfolding situation, Schrader confesses to a comprehensively perceived cultural pessimism; which deals with complex themes: what is happiness and how does the meaning come into one’s life; and what is the value of freedom in a neo-liberal system? The main protagonists are only active in a moment of denial and recognizable through their existence - without direction or reference.

Schrader finds complementary transformations through the paint and has the ability to merge the states of the figures into a range of things and forms. Cardboard boxes, pennants, balloons and confetti continue to appear – made up of triangles, circles, and points. Pure form and detailed objects are also found in Schrader’s paintings. Equally entitled to participate in the work, they temporarily unite the painting „in-between“ abstract and figurative. Representatives of this merge are, above all, internal forms, geometrical elements between figurative fragments and pictorial places that remain ambivalent between content attribution and pure colour space. As painting penetrates figuration, it maintains this balance; one can see the folds of a jacket and at the same time the placement of the individual colour surfaces.
The grey-brown and the fertile colour of ochre from which everything grows – and into which everything can enter again – finally preserves the „in-between“ in the narrow, uncertain space that produces an endless semi-darkness.


born in Berlin
diploma of painting, class of Prof. Werner Liebmann, Weissensee School of Art Berlin
masterstudies under supervision of Prof. Liebmann
Sebastian Schrader lives and works in Berlin.


»Happy Monday« monograph edited by Felix Robyns, Torsten Reiter. Gestalten Berlin
»BERLIN WHAT? – 102 contemporary artists« edited by Uwe Neu, Oliver Thoben. Verlag Die Neue Sachlichkeit.
»Vierunddreißig zu Kleist. Bilder und Blätter von 34 Künstlern zu Heinrich von Kleist« published by kunst projekte e.V., Kleist-Museum Frankfurt (Oder). Edition Timpani
»Sebastian Schrader: Neuland« This catalogue appeared on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name at Berlin Art Projects in January 2009, including an introduction written by Werner Liebmann.
»The Upset - Young Contemporary Art« edited by Robert Klanten, Sven Ehmann, Hendrik Hellige, Pedro Alonzo. Gestalten Berlin
4. Berliner Kunstsalon. Catalogue, edited by Edmund Piper and Eiko Sabela.

exhibitions (selection)

Lippische Gesellschaft für Kunst e.V. Detmold Kunstverein Lippe . Schloss Detmold
»Blindgänger « R E I T E R | Berlin prospect
»Fountain of Youth« Goethe Institut Lille . Galerie La Passerelle . Rouen . France (G)
»Der stinknormale Mann« Motorenhalle . Riesa-Efau . Dresden (G) (C)
»Waiting Room« R E I T E R Berlin prospect
»Fountain of Youth« R E I T E R Leipzig (G)
»In The Making« R E I T E R Berlin prospect (G)
»Flickering Lights« Kulturbahnhof Eller in Düsseldorf
»Aufgeschoben« Kunstverein Mannheim
»Personal Structures - Crossing Borders« in the context of the 56. Biennale di Venezia. European Cultural Centre, Palazzo Mora. Venice, Italy (G) (C)
»ten of cups« maerzgalerie, Leipzig (G)
»5544 impossible« maerzgalerie, Leipzig (G)
»salondergegenwart« Hamburg (G) (C)
»Happy Monday« maerzgalerie, Leipzig (C)
»Transportrait« maerzgalerie, Leipzig (G)
»showcase« maerzgalerie, Leipzig (G)
»Black Field« maerzgalerie, Berlin
»telling time« with Jorma Puranen. maerzgalerie, Leipzig
»Figuration Y?« Gallery Favardin & de Verneuil, Paris. France (G)
»Paradies« Galerie Wendt + Friedmann, Berlin (G)
»intro« with Kai Klahre. maerzgalerie, Leipzig (G)
»Montano‘s Malady« Galerie Favardin & Verneuil, Paris. France (G)
»Sieben Räume - Sieben Maler« Kunstverein Ellwangen, Ellwangen (G)
»Vierunddreißig zu Kleist« Kirche St. Marien, Frankfurt an der Oder (G) (C)
»Kunstaktien Ausstellung Uferhallen« Uferhallen, Berlin (G)
»Verschwende Deine Jugend« Galerie Wendt + Friedmann, Berlin (G)
»Shadows of the Bright« 5th Kunstkontakter Anniversary, Berlin (G)
»Die ewigen Komparsen« Berlin Art Projects, Berlin (G)
»Heimspiel No 2. Künstler der Galerie und Gäste« Berlin Art Projects, Berlin (G)
»Night of the Pawn. Duchamp and his heirs / 40 Berlin artists and the arithmetic of chess« Werkschauhalle Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig (G)
»Sebastian Schrader - In Between« Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Trier
»Ausgewählt. Kunst im deutschen Pavillon EXPO 2010« Shanghai. China (G)
»Berlin. We Are Alive!« Galerie Favardin & Verneuil, Paris. France (G)
»Gastspiel - Neues aus Berlin und Leipzig« Galerie Anne Mörchen, Hamburg (G)
»Start up 2010 - Künstler der Galerie« Berlin Art Projects, Berlin (G)
»Heimspiel 09 - Künstler der Galerie« Berlin Art Projects, Berlin (G)
»Out of Wedding« Uferhallen, Berlin (G)
»Sebastian Schrader - Neuland« Berlin Art Projects, Berlin (C)
»Zitate - Nach allen Regeln der Kunst« Vonderbank Artgalleries, Berlin (G)
»5 Stars Berlin« Alta Fine Art Galerie, Istanbul. Turkey (G)
»Vier von Babylon« Galerie Markt Bruckmühl, Bruckmühl (G)
»Meisterschüler der KHB« Kunstraum Kreuzberg/ Bethanien, Berlin (G)
»RAZEM« Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation, Ustronie Morskie. Poland (G)
»Inhaltsverzeichnis« Schloß Lanke, Wandlitz (G)
»Herzschuss erfunden« KHB Graduate Show, Berlin (G)
2004 »Lichtscheu« German Center for Architecture, Berlin. (G)
Galerie Galeriae, Bucharest. Romania (G)
(G) group exhibition (C) catalogue


Prize of the Mannheim Kunstverein Trustees
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Sebastian Schrader News

»Januskopf« (detail) 2018, oil on canvas, 200 x 170cm
06-29-2019 – 07-28-2019

  • Sebastian Schrader

»Januskopf« Kunstverein Eislingen

»Die Probe« (detail) 2011, oil on canvas, 180 x 230 cm
06-29-2019 – 07-28-2019

  • Sebastian Schrader

Collection Hildebrand . G2 Kunsthalle . Leipzig . exhibition participation

Sebastian Schrader untitled (2) (detail), 2017, 90 x 80cm
05-27-2018 – 07-01-2018

  • Sebastian Schrader

Lippische Gesellschaft für Kunst . Schloss Detmold . solo exhibition

Sebastian Schrader »Studie 9 zu Aufgeschoben« 2016, oil on canvas, 90 x 80cm
05-27-2018 – 07-01-2018

  • Sebastian Schrader
  • Hans Aichinger

Sammlung Hildebrand . G2 Kunsthalle . Leipzig . exhibition participation

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