Markus Oehlen
German, born 1956
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Wahlverwandtschaften, Deutsche Kunst seit den späten 1960er Jahren,
Latvian National Museum of Art
Markus Oehlen,
Martin Asbæk Gallery
Summer in the City no. 10,
Martin Asbæk Gallery

Markus Oehlen, brother of artist Albert Oehlen, was a former leader of Germany’s Neue Wilde movement, an anti-establishment group initially formed in the 1980s in opposition to avant-garde, Minimalist, and Conceptual art. The group, which also included the painter Martin Kippenberger, favored expressive painting with vibrant colors and bold brushstrokes. Oehlen takes samples from punk and pop culture in his paintings, appropriating found imagery and employing a range of different techniques including silkscreen, photocopying, and printing. His images occupy a space between figuration and abstraction: forms shift in and out of focus in multilayered compositions, and pixel-like elements reference digital imagery. Oehlen is also an abstract sculptor and a musician.