Maria Kleinschmidt

Maria Kleinschmidt

Berlin, Germany

About Maria Kleinschmidt

“My works are drawings or collages or a combination of both. All of them are on paper or cardboard. I like working with rough, found materials, they have a liberating effect on me. I have an extensive collection of old coloured paper which I use more or less like paint: I place patches of paper, draw or paint over it, glue more paper of a different colour on top again and so forth. This technique allows unplanned shaping and endless rearrangement at the same time. — Drawing to me is not as much about the result on paper as it is about the process of close observation. While observing somebody or something as intensely as it takes or as I might, the object becomes strange, unknown, new to me. I like that feeling of entering something new, the attentiveness, the concentration. — I have a certain fascination for faces as well as for the dressed figure: drapery, costumes, wigs, heels, and their articifiality. I prefer working with life models rather than photos which again has to do with the experience of close observation, maybe also with that special silent atmosphere when working with somebody real in front of me.”

Education

Maria Kleinschmidt is a Berlin-based visual artist, graphic designer, illustrator, and lecturer. She holds a BA in art history and philosophy from Berlin’s Humboldt-Universität and a diploma in communication design from Fachhochschule Potsdam (FHP). From 2008 till 2013 she taught fashion drawing at Universität der Künste (UdK). She returned to FHP to teach drawing and colour experimentation classes from 2015 till 2017. Recently she taught experimental art basics at Hochschule Anhalt, Dessau (Bauhaus).

Exhibitions

2020
(coming up)
Group show "Köpfe" ("heads"), Kulturbundgalerie Treptow, Berlin, Germany

2016
(May 18 – June 24)
Group show “Figur”, rk galerie ratskeller, Berlin, Germany

2013 / 2014
(Nov 21 – Jan 28)
Exhibition of fashion illustrations at Kunstbibliothek (Art Library), Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany

2013
(Oct 7 – Nov 29)
Group show “Samstagsstricher”, Kulturbundgalerie Treptow, Berlin, Germany



photo © Stefan Berg

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