The idea of the mix, the remix and the collage is a central theme in Bertram Schilling’s work: connections are constructed between real and utopian landscapes, architecture and the human body. His large paintings transmit a distinct vibrancy and evoke lyrical abstraction and gestural painting, whereas his collages and papercuts show a stricter spatial organization and a more figurative approach on an intimate scale.
Collaboration with other artists is an integral part of Bertram’s art-practice. Since the late nineties he has been involved in various artist-run initiatives and exchange-projects. Bertram is co-founder of the international network “Being in the world”, a forum for exhibiting and discussing contemporary art from the landscape field.
Bertram Schilling was born 1971 in southern Germany and grew up in the Bavarian Alps. He studied painting, art history and new media in Munich, Kassel, Karlsruhe and Barcelona (BA/MFA). His work has been featured in exhibitions around Europe, including institutions as Pinakothek der Moderne München, Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, Museum of Polish Art Oronsko, Kunstverein Mönchengladbach, Cable Gallery Helsinki and Konstnärshuset Stockholm. Previous residencies include VCCA, Virginia, USA, Edith Stein House Wroclaw, Poland (European Art Grant), and S.t.A.i.R., Forum Stadtpark, Graz in Austria. Bertram divides his time between Germany and Sweden.