Matthias Weischer

Matthias Weischer

The protégé

Published in 2005

Matthias Weischer, a 32-year-old painter from Leipzig, Germany, is gaining international acclaim from critics and collectors for his powerful work.

“I understood that I was confronted with a real painter, and not only with somebody who is moving the brushes around, as is often the case today,” Dr Jean-Christophe Ammann, former director of Frankfurt’s Museum für Moderne Kunst (Modern Art Museum), said in 2001 when he first saw Weischer’s paintings – and bought one for the museum’s collection.

Weischer enrolled at the influential Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts) in 1995 and, following three years’ tuition with a master painter, received a diploma with distinction in 2000. His paintings explore space through the construction and deconstruction of imagined interiors, creating rooms within rooms and building up layers of paint, while simultaneously creating overlapping perspectives. The interior spaces Weischer paints are the stage sets of everyday life, often decorated with patterned carpets, furnishings or other props. The recipient of the 2002 prize for young artists in Saxony, Weischer has received several grants for his work, which is exhibited at galleries, museums and institutions in Europe and the United States. Most recently, he was invited to exhibit eight paintings at the prestigious Venice Biennale. An entire room of the Italian Pavilion was dedicated to his work.

“The central focus of my art work is the fusion of the experience of space and time,” says Weischer who acknowledges that there are both parallels and differences between his paintings and those of his mentor David Hockney, his lifelong “model”.