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fantastic realism by Michael Kraehmer
Michael Kraehmer was born on July 7th, 1952 in Germany.
At the first glance, the oil paintings of Michael Kraehmer may appear to be photographs. However, they are no reproductions of visual reality, but reflect meditative visions of the artist. Not the geographic location of a landscape is of relevance to him, but it's atmosphere, it's spiritual effect on the spectator. Thus, the paintings actually depict spiritual landscapes which are expressions of mental experiences.
The paintings invite you to expose yourself to their cosmic silence and to lose yourself into their magic realm. Our perception is intrigued to enter infinite imaginary worlds, where sometimes the doors of perception open beyond the horizon, to reveal even further light-flooded transcendental spheres.
The pictures are painted in the resin-oil technique of the ancient masters. Up to ten delicate, transparent layers of paint are applied one above the other, to create that three-dimensional luminescence. It takes up to a month to finish one painting.
1978-83 Studies at the State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart, Germany
1980 Sponsoring Prize of the Guild of Fine Arts, Ulm, Germany
1983 Member of the Association of German Artists
1987 Medal at the Grand Prix International d'Art Contemporain, Monte-Carlo
1999 Member ot the Stuttgart Association of Artist
2000 Member of the group "Neue Meister"
2003 1st Prize at the 3rd International Art Award at Bad Bocklet, Germany
2007 "Neue Meister" Galerie Bernack, Worpswede
2007 "Realisten und Symbolisten" Künstlerbund Stuttgart, Am Schlossplatz
Various exhibitions in Germany and Europe pricerange: € 1900 - 2400