Klaus Schweier

Klaus Schweier, “rooted”

Klaus Schweier


Klaus Schweier

Dream, time and eternity are, as variants of familiar physical quantities, the very human points of reference, in which Klaus Schweier finds and reinterprets the grand themes of mankind. The dream of flying, the creation myth, the cycle of coming to be and passing away, man as the hunter and the hunted, as an anthropomorphic or divinely inspired creature appear in his paintings in frank or associative tales. And he always follows new formal paths: He has developed new techniques in painting, drawing and etching, which allow him to paint on other bases than canvas. He has worked with reverse glass painting and mirror etching, and painted with Colanyl-colours which, depending on the admix of water, resemble oil-paints, tempera or watercolours. Schweier paints like a wizard. In successive phases of a painting, he also uses materials like tar, chalk and varnish. Moreover, he adds essences that aren’t easy to combine, like spirit, turpentine and shellac. Even in his early works, he employed innovative techniques to put ancient archaic forms and signs in a contemporary context. He has since perfected his methods and created a little universe, that tells us about the masks of existence, about myths and legends, about archetypal men in happy liaison with animals, with dogs, deer, birds, shoals of fish as well as plants, flowers and stars. It is always the whole that matters, the great antipodes of existence, life and death, heaven and hell, anxiety and joy. 

Klaus Schweier was born in Heidenheim/Germany in 1956. From 1977 to 1983 he studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin (now University of the arts/UdK) under Professor Bergmann. After a period of study in Paris, he taught at the Hochschule der Künste from 1992 till 1994. Since then he has been living as a freelance artist in Berlin. 


2017“Reden ist Silber ...”, Galerie Commeter, Hamburg

2016Galerie VIS’ART, Lyon

2015“Reise ins Eis”, MS EUROPA

2014“Wenn Gedanken reisen II”, MS EUROPA

2014“Wenn Gedanken reisen”, Galerie Commeter, Hamburg

2013“Menschen, Mythen, Glaubenswelten II“, MS EUROPA

2012“Der Tag teilt die Nacht”, Kunstverein Heidenheim

2012“Menschen, Mythen, Glaubenswelten“ (with Wolfgang Peters), MS EUROPA

2011Galerie BMB, Amsterdam (with Ulrike Hochgrebe and Albert Merz)

2011“Menschen, Mythen, Steinkreise II” (with Wolfgang Peters), MS EUROPA

2011“Das kleine Universum”, Galerie Commeter, Hamburg

2010“Götterdämmerung I“ (with Wolfgang Peters), MS EUROPA

2010GEHAG – Forum, Berlin (with Ulrich Pietzsch and Uwe Tabatt)

2009“Menschen, Mythen, Steinkreise” (with Wolfgang Peters), MS EUROPA

2008“Begegnung III” (with Zoyt), Galerie am Zollwerk, Neuruppin

2008Galerie Schilling Contemporary, Stuttgart (mit Zoyt)

2007Galerie Commeter, Hamburg (mit Zoyt)

2007”Seh-Stunde“, MS EUROPA

2006GEHAG – Forum, Berlin (with Annette Hilbrecht and Frank Sanderink)

2005Galerie Commeter, Hamburg

2005Galerie BMB, Amsterdam (mit Liselott Schutt)

2004Galerie Ricarda Fox im Kardinal-Hengsbach-Haus, Essen

2004EZG – Galerie, Frankfurt a. M.

2003Galerie Commeter, Hamburg

2003Galerie BMB, Amsterdam

2002EZG – Galerie, Frankfurt a. M. (with Klaus Duschat)

2002GEHAG – Forum, Berlin (with Annette Hilbrecht)

2002Agens Consulting GmbH, Hamburg

2001Galerie Gut, St. Moritz, Schweiz (with Alex Gorodine)

2001Galerie Commeter, Hamburg

2001Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst Helmut Pabst, Frankfurt a. M.

2001Galerie BMB, Amsterdam

2000“Berührungen” (Catalog), Gutshaus Steglitz, Berlin

2000“Visionen”, Frankfurter Buchmesse, Frankfurt a. M.

2000Galerie Klaus Lea, München (with W. Reiser)

1999Galerie Commeter, Hamburg

1999Galerie Wosimsky, Gießen

1999Galerie BMB, Amsterdam (Catalog)

1999Galerie Helmut Pabst, Frankfurt a. M. (Catalog)

1998Galerie Thea Fischer-Reinhardt, Berlin

1997Galerie Commeter, Hamburg

1997GEHAG – Forum, Berlin (with M. Esteban Cano)

1997Galerie Wildeshausen, Wildeshausen

1997Galerie BMB, Amsterdam (mit W. Vreeswijk)

1996Künstlerhaus Galerie, Göttingen

1996Galerie Ricarda Fox, Essen (with W. Vreeswijk and M. Esteban Cano)

1996Stadt- und Universitäts-Bibliothek, Frankfurt a. M., (with W. Reiser)

1996Galerie Helmut Pabst, Frankfurt a. M.

1996Galerie Thea Fischer-Reinhardt, Berlin

1995Agens Consulting GmbH, Hamburg-Quickborn

1995Galerie Helmut Pabst, Frankfurt a. M.

1994Galerie T & A Edition, Berlin

1994Forumgalerie Bereiter Anger, München “Männer.Boxen.Runden” (with W. Reiser)

1994Galerie Thea Fischer-Reinhardt, Berlin

1994Galerie BMB, Amsterdam

1994Kunstförderung Steingass, Heidenheim (with Wolf Reiser)

1994Galerie für zeitgen. Kunst Helmut Pabst, Frankfurt a. M.

1993Galerie Eglau, Sylt

1993Forschungs- und Verwaltungszentrum Otis, Berlin (Catalog)

1992Galerie Thea Fischer-Reinhardt, Berlin

1992Obere Galerie Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin (with P. Knapp and E. Paul) (Catalog)

1991Galerie Art und Ambiente, München

1991Galerie Noé, Berlin

1990Kunstbetrieb Dachau, Dachau

1989Die Pumpe, Berlin

1989Galerie Point, Hamburg

1989Galerie Noé, Berlin

1988Galerie am Rindermarkt, Zürich

1987Galerie Noé, Berlin

1986Galerie im Kaiserworth, Goslar (Catalog)

1986Galerie Zeitlupe, Heidenheim

1986Galerie Henz, Berlin (with E. Paul and A. Bockholdt)


“eye contact” 2017, mixed media, 11 3/4 x 19 2/3, KS/M 218

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“twins” 2017, mixed media, 11 3/4 x 19 2/3 in, KS/M 217



“frost flower breeders XIII” 2017, mixed media, 17 1/3 x 12 1/4 in, KS/M 234

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“frost flower breeders XIV” 2017, mixed media, 17 1/3 x 12 1/4 in, KS/M 234

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“frost flower breeders XV” 2017, mixed media, 17 1/3 x 12 1/4 in, KS/M 236



“frost flower breeders XVI” 2017, mixed media, 17 1/3 x 12 1/4 in, KS/M 237



“rooted” 2017, mixed media, 39 1/3 x 83 1/2 in, KS/M 245



“my rooms” 2017, mixed media, 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in, KS/M 211

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“my rooms” 2017, mixed media, 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in, KS/M 212

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“My rooms” 2017, mixed media, 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in, KS/M 215

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“my rooms” 2017, mixed media, 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in, KS/M 216

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“we await”, 2017, mixed media, 57 x 67 in, KS/M 246