Eva Kunze

Eva Kunze

Eurasburg-Freienried, Bavaria, Germany

About Eva Kunze

Images on „being thrown into the world“

In her artworks Eva Kunze connects moods and atmospheres

Eva Kunze discusses the process of being and becoming. Associatively she approaches our very existence – making references to the classical portrait and pursuing digital strategies. For the most part, however, the artist, who lives in Eurasburg near Munich, uses oil on canvas for her subjects, but also alu-dibond or wood serve as image carriers. Her expressive style creates a dynamic, her paintings are characterized by figures in inner turmoil – in a mythological atmosphere: woman with wolf, for example, emerges as a motif – as if one were diving into a dream world or into the subconscious as in analytical psychology. The contemporary man-nature divide is reversed.

With her dynamic brushstrokes she often follows the physical boundaries of the figures she depicts, blurring and partially dissolving them. Gender boundaries also seem threatened with eradication. The frequent use of monochrome backgrounds accentuates the analytical side of her technique: the subject is put on show in the foreground and empathetically examined.

The artist’s inspiration for her self-contained series is generated from magazines – where the woman is most often the centre of attraction, striving to assert her purpose: “I’m not the one you think I am”.
In Kunze’s preceding series, “Identity” (Identität), the game with social roles was the central point. Here the fashion style of a figure is evident: the female figures connect with heart and head or they slip elsewhere into animal costumes; they cover and expose themselves in an attempt to break away from all steriotypical expectations. Identity as performance, carried out with self-confidence in order to create and establish new impressions of themselves.

The size of the canvas can can be as much as two-and-a-half metres; the pastel shades of the composition support the often wraithlike appearance of the motif. Nothing is consistent. Ego is as volatile as phantasy. Again and again references are made to current political events: behind several strips of colour the portrait of the refugee activist, Carola Rackete, emerges. Somewhere else an over-dimensional refugee woman appears as a self-assured Amazon.

Eva Kunze’s figurative painting has developed out of abstraction.
Whenever a series of works has been completed, Kunze follows it up with a further, independent series in which the new theme determines the forthcoming process. The various different painting surfaces the artist uses (canvas, wood, alu-dibond) attest her interest in the individual nature of each respective work influenced by the variety of materials employed.

In her series “Verhüllt-enthüllt” (“Veiled-Unveiled”), Kunze applies projections and overpainting to the canvas – digitally-fed, processed and subsequently presented as C-prints on photo paper beneath acrylic glass.
Here, too, these are mostly portraits of females, veiled figures as if shrouded or cocooned but still always demonstrating an emancipated connotation, implying a transition into self-determined beings. The digital processing increases the photographic aesthetic, thus creating intensively-scaled compositions which result in the works appearing, in part, as negatives. Kunze also uses photography in current works as collages on canvas; her overpainting serves as additions or commentaries that produce the templates for her mythical mood paintings. By this interaction of photo and artwork the image, selected from mass media, is first examined and subsequently the viewing habits of standardized images of the “female” are broken up and expanded in Kunze’s seemingly fictitious emotional pictorial space.

Education

Eva Kunze received her MFA in Communication Design at the Fachhochschule München, Munich, Germany

Events

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

2012
Nymphenburger Art Award
Erwin von Kreibig Foundation

2008
Cultur Fund of the Bavarian State
Studio Scholarship

2006
Studio Scholarship of the City of Munich

1992
Prinz Luitpold Scholarship
of the City of Munich

Exhibitions

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2019
Galerie Noah in the Museum Walter, Augsburg
"Freiheit - Grenzenlos frei"

2017
Kult 2017 | Krumbacher Kunstpreis
24. Aichacher Kunstpreis | Kunstverein Aichach

2016 | Artmuc Art Fair | Munich | Germany
2015 | One Artist Show | Galerie 38 | Karlsruhe | Germany
2013 | One Artist Show | Sybille Mang Gallery | ART
KARLSRUHE Art Fair | Germany
2012 | Erwin von Kreibig Museum | Munich | Germany
2012 | Sybille Mang Gallery | Lindau | Germany
2007 | Kunstverein Hof | Hof | Germany
2005 | Galerie Fischer | Bamberg | Germany
2002 | CP Gallery | Munich | Germany
2000 | Neue Galerie Landshut | Landshut | German
1999 | Galerie mit der Blauen Tür | Nuremberg | Germany
1998 | Otto Galerie | LVA | Munich | Germany
1997 | Jörg Heitsch Gallery | Munich | Germany
1995 | Orangerie im Englischen Garten | Munich | Germany
1994 | Orangerie im Englischen Garten | Munich | Germany
1993 | Orangerie im Englischen Garten | Munich | Germany
1990 | Galerie im Frauenkulturhaus | Munich | Germany
1990 | Pasinger Fabrik | Munich | Germany

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2016 | German Baroque Gallery | Große Schwäbische Kunstausstellung | Augsburg | Germany
2016 | Kunstförderpreis Gemeinde Kissing | Kissing | Germany
2016 | 36. Große Nordschwäbische Kunstausstellung | Donauwörth | Germany
2016 | Kunstverein Aichach | das kleine Format | Aichach | Germany
2012 | ART KARLSRUHE | Sybille Mang Gallery | Karlsruhe | Germany
2011 | ART FAIR COLOGNE with Sybille Mang Gallery | Cologne | Germany
2011 | Sybille Mang Gallery | Lindau | Germany
2010 | infobox Riem | Munich | Germany
2009 | open studios | Munich | Germany
2008 | Haus der Kunst | Munich | Germany
2007 | open Studios| City of Munich | Germany
2007 | Hotel Mariandl | City of Munich | Germany
2006 | open studios | City of Munich | Germany
2005 | Artothek | City of Munich | Germany
2003 | Galerie der Bayerischen Landesbank | Munich | Germany
2001 | Kunstverein Weiden | Weiden | Germany
1999 | La Gallerie au Place du Carrefour d'Europe Chamalières Clermont Ferrand | France
1997 | Autoren Galerie | Munich | Germany
1995 | Mozz Gallery | Munich | Germany
1995 | University Hospital | Munich | Germany
1993 | Galerie an der Burg | Burghausen | Germany
1990 | Lothringerstr. 13 | City Gallery of Munich |  Germany
1990 | Townhall Gallery |  Munich | Germany