Peer Kriesel

Peer Kriesel was born in Berlin in 1979. After more than 15 years as a creative mind in the agency and advertising world, he now works exclusively as an artist in Berlin.

Data protection and the evidently growing confusion in society, the constant battling in politics –influenced by wars and lack of solidarity–, the conflict between old values and the new concepts of beauty – all these are topics that artist Peer Kriesel addresses in his work.

The neglect and disappearance of true aesthetics, but also true anti-aesthetics, have interested and inspired the artist for years.

Characteristic pieces of Peer Kriesel’s work are his “Fratzen” (“Grimaces”), “Wimmelbilder” (“Swarm paintings/teeming paintings”) and “Übermalungen” (“Overpaintings”).

The geometric forms have been added in the current works. They seem to divide the figure worlds, partially obscure them, but to put others in the foreground. The geometric elements serve as confusing, sometimes disharmonious, but sometimes also as compensatory forms and offer more room for interpretation for the thematic world of the abundance of data and digitization as well as migration.
In today's time only the abolished borders become insurmountable limits. Fears arise of what one can not grasp or understand. Here the clutter of war, hunger, fear and terror hits the ostensibly "peaceful" world.

A very new series of works: the FRTZNABSTRCTN-paintings. The abstracted "grimaces", which are built up by calligraphic lines in several levels and layers, reflect the ever faster and more abstract appearing world.


Discovery Art Fair, Schlieder Contemporary/dieHO Galerie, Frankfurt/Main (DE) (November 2020)
ARTMUC, Munich (DE) (22–25 October 2020)
paper positions berlin, Galerie Martin Mertens, Berlin (DE) (10–13 September 2020)
Affordable Art Fair Brussels, BLNAC GALLERY, Brussels (BE)
Discovery Art Fair, dieHO Galerie, Cologne (DE) (April 2020 (postponed))
Art Innsbruck, BLNAC GALLERY, Innsbruck (AT)

Adventsgrillen, dieHO Galerie, Magdeburg (DE)
Discovery Art Fair, Frankfurt (DE)
Paper connection, Schlieder Contemporary, Frankfurt (DE)
Im Dialog – Horst Janssen und Peer Kriesel, upstairs project by Galerie und Verlag St. Gertrude & Galerie Lippmann, Hamburg, Jul–Oct 2019 (DE)
Kunst/Mitte, Magdeburg (DE)
Contemporary Basel, Basel (CH)
Art MUC, Munich (DE)
Discovery Art Fair, Cologne
Art Innsbruck, BLNAC GALLERY, Innsbruck (AT)
Neue Zeichnungen (solo show), Schlieder Contemporary, Frankfurt am Main (DE)

Discovery Art Fair, Frankfurt (DE)
Schöneberger Art, maia zinc studio, Berlin (DE)
Art MUC, Munich (DE)
Kölner Liste 2018, Cologne (DE)
Revealing (solo show), mz project room maia zinc, Berlin (DE)

Scheinwelt (group show with David Lehmann), greskewitz | kleinitz | galerie, Hamburg (DE)
Berliner Liste 2017, Berlin (DE)
REVALUE (solo show), okazi gallery, Berlin (DE)
OpenAirGallery Berlin, Berlin (DE)
Asia Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong
Fashion Week New York 2017, Julianna Bass, New York City, USA

"Im Kleinen und Ganzen – Miniaturen der Gegenwartskunst", Galerie Forum Amalienpark, Berlin (DE)
Affordable Art Fair, Hamburg (DE)
NEONCHOCOLATE Festival, Berlin (DE)
OpenAirGallery Berlin, Berlin (DE)
FACES (group show), Haute Presents, Berlin (DE)
Fashion Week New York 2016, Julianna Bass, New York City, USA

POP-UP AUSSTELLUNG „WE ARE ALL HUMAN“ (group show), WE ART BERLIN, Galerie Blond & Blond Contemporary, Berlin (DE)
Berliner Liste 2015, Berlin (DE)
Galerie Pillango, Berlin (DE)
Temporary Gallery-Berlin, Berlin (DE)
OpenAirGallery Berlin, Berlin (DE)

Temporary Gallery-Berlin, Berlin (DE)
Berliner Liste 2014, Berlin (DE)
Galerie Pillango, Berlin (DE)

Galerie Pillango, Berlin (DE)
Galerie am Jägertor, Potsdam (DE)

Temporary Gallery-Berlin, Berlin (DE)
Galerie Pillango, Berlin (DE)

Kubackis Wohnzimmer Galerie, Berlin (DE)
Galerie Pillango, Berlin (DE)
Galería Maxó, Barcelona, Spanien (ES) (23.6.-8.7.2011)

Kubackis Wohnzimmer Galerie, Berlin (DE)
Galerie Pillango, Berlin (DE)
Galerie Petra Lange, Berlin (DE)

Verschiedene Einzel- / Gruppenausstellungen in Berlin
Jährliche Einzelausstellung in der Galerie Pillango

Gallery representations


Press (selection)

WELT | 2019
„upstairs project“: Horst Janssen und Peer Kriesel

Berliner Morgenpost | 2017
Wenn alte BVG-Tickets plötzlich auf der Fashion Week landen

Tagesspiegel | 2015
Von der Rolle

Tagesspiegel | 2014
Berlin Art Week: Kunstmesse "Berliner Liste" im Postbahnhof: Im Blickdickicht

Presskit download

Portfolio-PDF – 14MB
Presskit Allgemein – 260MB

Catalogues (digital) / artist books


Artist info (PDF)

PEER KRIESEL – Skeptical Grimaces and Miniature Artists /