The playfully grotesque characters found in Berlin-based artist Stefanie Gutheil‘s paintings act out scenes from her daily life. Many of the subjects in her paintings are directly based on artists, musicians, dancers and poets that live and work in Berlin, alongside the artist. Gutheil has lived in Berlin for over 10 years and has witnessed the city blossom into an international center for contemporary art. Her studio, which is centrally located near much of the city’s nightlife, has provided the artist with fertile ground for artistic inspiration, exposing her to some of Berlin’s most eccentric individuals.
Gutheil’s recent paintings are the subject of the artist’s first solo exhibition with Mike Weiss Gallery and her first exhibition in New York City. Titled Kopftheater, meaning theater of the mind, the exhibition features luscious, yet imperfect paintings that are composed of oils, acrylics, spray paint and even aluminum foil, all employed to produce her larger than life scenes and characters. The artist received both her Masters and Bachelors degrees at the Universität der Künste, Berlin and has exhibited extensively in Germany including recent exhibitions at Galerie Winter in Wiesbaden and Schultz Contemporary in Berlin.