Neo Rauch (b. Leipzig, 1960) studied with Arno Rink at the renowned Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, at a time when Germany and Europe were still divided. As a result of the focus on painting in Leipzig, the art that emerged from there was isolated from the trends in the art world. The work of Neo Rauch broke out of that isolation, and has been attracting international acclaim since the 1990s.
Neo Rauch’s complex paintings transport the viewer to an apparently familiar world where, on closer inspection, the feeling of familiarity soon disappears to be replaced by confusion, and sometimes unease. Human existence in all its facets, in interaction and in isolation, washes over us in a host of forms, often rooted in the Central Europe of yesteryear.
Neo Rauch fills his paintings with dream images, visions, guides and companions. The dynamic of his paintings connects with our feel for life. They become part of us, housemates, as if they breathed, inspiring ideas on a daily basis thanks to their unavoidable or comforting presence. Neo Rauch’s work celebrates the power of art and painting, and elevates looking at paintings to a basic human need.