Martin Eder paints representative Idylls in oil. Recurring motifs are often house pets such as cats, rabbits, poodles or birds, as well as lasciviously semi-clad women's or girls' bodies (Lolita motifs). These naive-kitschy views often conceal details which can irritate the viewers and are intended to lead them to further reflection. The paintings avail themselves of the motifs of postmodern trash, the erotic and Surrealism. They show a contrast between realistically beautiful motifs and their bombastic, surreal antithesis. Martin Eder's works had been primarily embraced outside of Germany, where he has had numerous successful exhibitions, before receiving widespread notice in his native land. Today Martin Eder is counted among the most important German contemporary artists.
"Visuell 25. Fünfundzwanzig Jahre Sammlung Deutsche Bank", published by the Deutsche Guggenheim (as part of the exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of the collection, 30 April – 19 June 2005), Berlin 2005, S. 80.
"Martin Eder: Die Kalte Kraft", published by the Kunstverein Lingen Kunsthalle (as part of the exhibition of the same name of the Kunstverein Lingen Kunsthalle, 15 August 2004 – 10 October 2004), Ostfildern-Ruit 2004, ISBN 3-7757-1474-X.
"Martin Eder. Memoirs of My Nervous Illness", published by the Brandenburgischen Kunstverein Potsdam e.V (as part of the exhibition: Martin Eder "Phantasie der Erwachsenen," Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, 14 February 2003 – 14 March 2003), Potsdam 2003.
"2003 Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße in Bremen", published by the Stifterkreis für den Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße in Bremen (as part of the exhibition "Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße in Bremen," 2 March 2003 – 13 April 2003), Bramsche 2003.
"The Undead" (part of the solo exhibition of Martin Eder), 2001.
"Something Slightly Different/ From The Beginning After The End...", published by the Phillip Morris New York Foundation.
"The Return Of The Anti-Soft", published by the Städtische Kunstsammlungen Augsburg (as part of the Eder exhibition "Forever isn't very long"), Augsburg 2001.