Born in 1974 in Konstanz, Germany, Gabriel Vormstein studied at the Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Karlsruhe from 1995-2001. He currently lives and works in Berlin. His work has been exhibited at international venues such as Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Magazin Vienna, CCA Andratx, Artpace San Antonio, and the 4th Berlin Biennale. Inspired by 20th century masters such as Mondrian, Schiele, Klimt, and Warhol, Vormstein’s paintings unsettle modernism’s most

iconic aesthetics to challenge the values of historical authenticity, authorship, and hierarchical power. Often appropriating art historical motifs, his images are painted directly onto newspapers rather than canvas, and sometimes incorporate common household materials as collaged elements; rendered with a fragile sensibility, their assumed meaning and connotation is made uncertain and corrupted by the underlying text and imagery.

Gabriel Vormstein

1974 born in Konstanz, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany


1995 – 2001 Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Karlsruhe, Germany


2009/2010 Nominated, Sovereign European Art Prize
2002 Graduate scholarship of Baden-Württemberg

Selected Solo Exhibitions

The holes of the world and the whole world, Krome Gallery, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

La dolce immondizia, Kunstverein Dillingen, Dillingen/Saar, Germany

Memory, memory, memory, KuBa Gallery, Saarbrücken, Germany
Exhume Consume Koffer, Berlin, Germany

In der Welt, MEWO Kunsthalle Memmingen, Germany
Papyrus Containing the spell to preserve it`s possessor II, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Berlin, Germany

"(there is) no death", Center Berlin, Germany
Tempus fungit - amor mannet, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL

Fama – Good and bad speech after death, with Stefan Rinck, Patricia Low Contemporary, St. Moritz, Switzerland

News of Today: die feeling, The Breeder, Athens
Cornament & Rime, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad
Catch as Catch Can, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris
The Teeth of the Wind and the Sea, Hudson (Show)Room, Artpace, San Antonio, TX
Artist in Residence, CCA Andratx, Mallorca

Baby ABC, Casey Kaplan, New York, NY

Papyrus Containing the Spell to Preserve its Possessor, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Berlin

The Dream and the Ream, Galerie Jean Brolly, Paris

To Crawl under Ones Skin, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe

The (oII (OO) oI) -:, Casey Kaplan, New York, NY

Gabriel Vormstein, Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt

Seems to B: Soddisfaction, Incomplection, Putrefaction, Casey Kaplan, New York, NY
La morte non trapassa, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe

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