Topic: Painting

SomoS Arts Berlin has presented painting in its exhibitions in a broad array of themes and styles, ranging from portraiture to abstract, from neotraditional to pop or post-internet.

Spanish painter Carlos Herraiz working at the seaside, allowing the elements to shape the look of his canvas.

The Result Is What Remains, Rather Than What Is Created

Spanish painter Carlos Herraiz speaks about his work process and his fascination with the physical effects of the process of aging. The interview was conducted Spring 2020 as a virtual studio visit as part of SomoS Virtual Residency Program, in which artists tell how they are dealing with the lockdown situation.

Portrait of Berlin-based South-Korean artist Jiyeon Kim speaking about her work, sitting in her atelier.

From Selfie to Story

In this SomoS artist interview, we present South-Korean artist Jiyeon Kim who divides her time between Seoul and Berlin. She speaks about portraiture in the digital era, and the relation between online images and real life painting. The interview was conducted during Kim’s artist residency at SomoS early 2020, and published at the occasion of her solo exhibition Meme Paintings, June 9th until July 18th 2020.

Taiwanese artist Pei-Chi Wu dressed in long white coat, viewed from the back, in front of white erased mural.

Pei-Chi Wu

Taiwanese artist Pei-Chi Wu is a participant in SomoS’ group exhibition, Un_Real Desires. Working within the mediums of text, installation, moving-image and performance, her work deals with issues of obscured identity. Speaking of her move to London, the artist relates to the feeling of losing her identity and moving to a country where her native […]

View into the Un_Real Desires exhibition SomoS, October 2019. Photo courtesy Kimiya Nik.

Janka Smetanina

Multidisciplinary artist Janka Smetanina is committed to the idea that art bears social responsibility. Through performance, video installation and painting, she demonstrates how private and public influence, transform, construct, represent and deconstruct our reality. Her varied education and technical skills allow her to explore a variety of mediums and artistic narratives. Smetanina’s paintings series No […]

Collage-like painted depiction of human relations by Taiwanese painter Rexy Tseng.

Rexy Tseng

Rexy Tseng (Taiwan, 1986) is an internationally active visual artist who works primarily with the media of installation and painting. In Tseng’s art we can see two ways of working that share similar concerns: installation and painting. In the installations, the artist uses technology to cast an ironic and playful gaze at human relations within […]

Areal painting of San Leandro Airportscape.

Mikhail Haramati

Mikhail Haramati (b.1982) is an American painter based in Sacramento, CA, USA. She is interested in the often dramatic environmental impact of the unseen physical processes that keep industrialized societies going. Drawing from her memory and her own photographs, Haramati uses a vocabulary that updates the genre of traditional landscape painting, with references to early […]

A video monitor and small painting in a spacious and bright art gallery.

B-LA Connect Festival – SomoS Hosts Nothing Special

SomoS is delighted to host “Nothing Special,” as part of “B-LA Connect,” an international project in which 20 Art Spaces form LA engage in a cultural exchange with 22 Art Spaces in Berlin. The exhibition curated by Frank J. Stockton, features work by Mark Flores, Julienne Fusello, William E. Jones, Anthony Miserendino, Jeff St. Andrews, Frank J. Stockton, and Willa Wasserman.

Painting by Jameson Grant, an abstraction of Berlin cobblestones in yellow and orange.

Jameson Grant

Jameson Grant is a painter based in New York City whose work offers a personal reinterpretation of classic painting tropes such as craft, motif, intuition.

Looking over Sophia Zarders' shoulders, painting a lager than life watercolor of a white woman in bathing suit sipping a cocktail, Berlin Fall 2018

Sophia Zarders

Fall 2018, SomoS welcomed Californian visual artist Sophia Zarders to its Berlin Artist-in-Residence Program. Zarders is a painter, illustrator and comic artist who combines diverse media. Zarders is known for an ongoing series of emotional self-portraits and her progressive political posters and publications. After receiving a BFA in Illustration from California State University Zarders currently […]

Routine & Happiness

In their duo show, Routine & Happiness, artists Joaquin Margulis Luchsinger (Chile) & Mari Nagem (Brazil) contrast the dutiful monotony of everyday life with a quest for the idea of happiness, employing such techniques as video, sound art, multimedia, painting and installation. Mari Nagem’s work demonstrates how the idea of happiness is commodified and used […]

Jen Liu - The Pink Detachment

Jen Liu: The Pink Detachment

From August 17-27, 2016 SomoS presents a solo exhibition of large-scale watercolors and video by New York-based visual artist Jen Liu. The show is curated by Lawinia Rate, organizer of the popular and thought-provoking Queer film event series “Attaque(e)r le visible” taking place at La Mutinerie in Paris, France. This occasion is centered around Jen Liu’s […]

Faceless head, with only sunglasses and hat visible in an art work by Bernard Föll.

Bernard Föll

Often re-using imagery from the mass media, lowbrow sources, and pulp literature, Bernard Föll incorporates political and societal themes in his paintings.

Götter Glamor – Nika Fontaine

Nika Fontaine’s glitter paintings on view at the Götter Glamor exhibition at SomoS Berlin titillatingly contrast lyrical spirituality with glamor and kitsch. The works by the young Berlin-based Canadian artist are presented in a coherent installation consisting of glitter canvasses and objects which emphasize Fine Art Painting’s roots in cult, myth and religion. It synthesizes […]

Rule 34

During the Berlin Pornfilmfestival, October 23-27th 2013, which, after Panorama, has become the city’s largest platform for narrative, documentary and experimental cinema about sexuality and identity, SomoS presents Rule 34, a group exhibition of similarly innovative artistic positions. In internet folklore, Rule 34 stipulates that anything thinkable can be made into porn, or probably already […]