Christian Schoeler

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Christian Schoeler (born 1979 Hagen, Germany) is a contemporary painter known for his watercolors and oil paintings, who lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Schoeler's work is often concerned with the ideas of fragility, beauty, vulnerability, as well as representations of youth and masculinity. “Seen up close, the rich rendering of the surfaces of his models' skin is second only to the rich surfaces of the paintings themselves. It’s hard not to get lost in what he describes as the boundary between what is on the inside and what is on the outside." [1]

He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, with Günther Förg, completing his studies in 2007. His work has been included in exhibitions in Cologne, Düsseldorf, London, Miami and Paris.

In 2009 Schoeler collaborated with Louis Vuitton’s Paul Helbers, designing a suit made entirely out of painted canvas for Esquire (UK Edition)’s Singular Suit Project, which was then exhibited at Somerset House in London.[2] This collaboration was followed by a second in January 2010 when he and Helbers created a series of hand painted leather bags for Vuitton's fall/winter 2010/2011 men's wear collection.[7]

His work has been featured in Dazed & Confused[3], AnOtherMan[4], OZON Magazine[5], Vogue Homme International,, The New York Times’s The Moment Blog.[6]


[1] Bingham, Weston. "Christian Schoeler: Idealizing Surfaces.", March 15, 2009.
[2] Donaldson, Matthew (Photography). "Esquire's Singular Suit." Esquire Magazine (UK Edition), September 2009.
[3] Gavin, Francesca. "Christian Schoeler reinvents ideas of masculinity." Dazed&Confused, Issue 166, October 2008.
[4] "Painted by Christian Schoeler, photographed by Benjamin Alexander Huseby, styled by Alister Mackie." AnOtherMan, Spring/Summer Issue, 2009.
[5] Malamou, Theodora. "Christian Schoeler: Studies For A Boy Book." OZON Magazine, Issue 63, November 2008.
[6] Haj-Najafi, Daryoush. "London Trawling: Christian Schoeler." The New York Times, The Moment Blog, May 5, 2009.
[7] Pfeiffer, Alice. "Christian Schoeler for Louis Vuitton." Dazed Digital, January 2010.

External links[edit]


  • "Christian Schoeler: Idealizing Surfaces." [1]
  • Christian Schoeler on [2]
  • Christian Schoeler on Artnet [3]