Education and early career
1992-1997 Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, with Thomas Bayrle.
1997–2000 Co-founder of various independent exhibition spaces in Berlin, such as Andersen’s Wohnung, Montparnasse, Wandel and Pazifik.
Thilo Heinzmann's primary media is painting, using a wide variety of materials, including styrofoam, aluminum, hessian, cotton wool, unbound pigment, minerals, fur, wood and porcelain. He also works with sculpture and drawing. Heinzmann’s genuine contribution to contemporary art is that he has used a great variety of media to achieve painterly qualities such as composition, color, and texture within the continuity of the history of the medium while at the same time opening new doors.
„Over nearly two decades, therefore, Heinzmann has examined in interrelating series of paintings those qualities seen as fundamental to the activity and art of painting: form, color, composition, light, surface, texture, scale. It seems as though his art makes a primary engagement with what might be termed the “primal” conditions of painting. As such, the art of Thilo Heinzmann can also be seen to engage with notions of aesthetic and conceptual fetishism—developing a visual language which makes eloquent the beguiling tension and resolution between sensory and visual phenomena.“ (Michael Bracewell)
„Heinzmann’s work proposes links with a modernist tradition in painting, but extracts the tradition-fixed gestures from their settled place, allowing them to play out on a newly synthetic stage, one that has been wiped clean of post-modern counter-criticism and embraces the potential of craft and technique.“ (Kirsty Bell)
„What matters here is, in other words, that what has been influentially described as painting’s ‘Task of Mourning’ (Yve-Alain Bois), or its various endgames, are, in Heinzmann’s work, combined and in that combination release a new productivity. Many ends of painting have been called: showing the world, displaying pure form or color among them. Heinzmann’s paintings make the case that neither end is finite, and that this artform can powerfully deliver its riches when holding both options in balance, and turning that balance into a play that makes for modulation of and meditation on painting’s capacities." (Press Release, Cloud Clear Horizon)
Over the past 20 years Thilo Heinzmann's work has been exhibited internationally, with e.g. solo exhibitions in Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, New York, and Paris. His first solo exhibition in Berlin was held in 1997 at Galerie NEU. His first solo show in the U.S. was mounted by Bortolami Gallery, New York, in 2008.
Thilo Heinzmann, Texts by Michael Bracewell and Philipp Ekardt (german/english), Hatje Cantz 2012.
- Susanne Kippenberger: Kippenberger. Der Künstler und seine Familien, Berlin 2007, p. 338; p. 465.
- Berlin 2000 (exhibition catalogue), PaceWildenstein 2009.
- Concerning the art of Thilo Heinzmann, in: Thilo Heinzmann, 2012, p. 17.
- : http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/heinzmann-untitled-t13301 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/thilo-heinzmann-14527
Thilo Heinzmann http://www.thiloheinzmann.com/exhibitions
Guido W. Baudach http://www.guidowbaudach.com/artists/Thilo-Heinzmann/works
Carl Freedman http://carlfreedman.com/artists/thilo-heinzmann/
Galeria Heinrich Ehrhardt http://www.heinrichehrhardt.com/artistas/thilo-heinzmann/
Galerie Perrotin https://www.perrotin.com/artists/Thilo_Heinzmann/151#images
Richard Thomas Foundation http://rtfn.eu/home-2/rtf-home/rtf-grants/rtf008