Martin Kobe, ‘Untitled’, 2007, PinchukArtCentre

About Martin Kobe

Part of the New Leipzig School movement, painter Martin Kobe explores urban existence, and the anxieties and exhilarations it induces, in kaleidoscopic cityscapes devoid of people. Born in East Germany, Kobe incorporates the complex dynamics of the former socialist regime into compositions that reference—and dismantle—utopian architecture. Kobe fragments and pieces back together elements of buildings, constructing topsy-turvy structural vortexes. Smooth gradients of glowing, acidic colors enhance a sense of fluctuation and introduce a futuristic, apocalyptic edge to his work. A passionate student of art and architectural history, Kobe integrates details inspired by the buildings and artworks of the Bauhaus school, the avant-garde group De Stijl, and Russian constructivism to further engage the layered histories of city life.

German, b. 1973, Dresden, Germany, based in Leipzig, Germany