Stefan Gross

Stefan Gross, born in Bendorf Germany, apprenticed as a practitioner of stained glass manufacture. During his apprenticeship he was surrounded by coloured glass and learned to think in color. In 1988 he became a master of the practice and also concluded it by taking up studies of painting at art school HBK Saar, Saarbrücken. After his studies which he completed cum laude, he moved to the Netherlands. Here he lives and works, always seeking to develop new painting techniques. In ca. 2006 he developed a material of his own he now predominantly uses: “oil plastic”. It results from dyeing an industrial plastic with classic oil paints. It is surface and paint in one and enables Stefan Gross to extend the painted surface three-dimensionally. “Oil plastic” is translucent and behaves, at a relatively low temperature, like glass. In his work, Stefan Gross depicts, in a colorful way, the fall of a society based on growth. “The world is a serious place these days. This is a problem I address in my work.” He shows the beauty and potential of industrial production in a look back on the times in which we now live.

EXHIBITIONS
2015
SOLO SHOW , KUNSTRAI / CHIEFS & SPIRITS DEN HAAG
ART KARLSRUHE / Chiefs & Spirits, The Hague
Art.Fair Cologne / Chiefs & Spirits, The Hague
AAF Hamburg, Amsterdam / Chiefs & Spirits, The Hague
Realisme Amsterdam / Chiefs & Spirits, The Hague
- “Gimme Shelter”, groupshow with commission “Pink JSF”. project in public space
“No Walls” Rotterdam, groupshow
Landgoed Aningahof, Zwolle, groupshow
“Pink JSF” commission voor Gimme Shelter at Fort Asperen
Twente Bienale, Enschede, groupshow
-2014
- AAF Brussels, Amsterdam/ Chiefs & Spirits, The Hague
- Vishal Haarlem, solo show kleine zaal.
-“Coup de Foudre”, Anningahof, Zwolle (groupshow)
-“Kunst 4 kids, Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam, groupshow
-“Bleekers Art Land” Meppel, collaboration with KiK, Kolderveen (groupshow)

-2013
-38CC, Delft together with Hans Wilschut
-Willem 3 Vlissingen “En hij zag dat het goed was” (groupshow)
-Busan, Korea Solo Gallery 18-1 (solo)
-Twente Biennale, Enschede “Identifying Europe”
- “Dream on” Stichting KOP, Breda, (groupshow)
- “Horizon Exhaling”, Haarlem
-2012 “Highbrow-Lowbrow-Nobrow-Mousse!” groupshow showroom MAMA Rotterdam
Scope Art Fair, Basel at HLP projects
Kunst Rai Art Fair, Amsterdam at Bob Smit Gallery
-2011 “Sustainable Trash” solo show at Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels
-2010
-Hudson Museum Rotterdam (solo show)
-Dutch Treat, Gallery Knipsu in Bergen, Norway (groupshow)
-gallery Blaak 10 Rotterdam
-galerie op de Rotte with M-eiland (groupshow in public space)
-“inside job” groupshow at gallery 182a and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam

Collections:
Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 2 works
Van den Broek Foundation, 2 works

Prizes and grants art fairs:
1996 “AEG Kunstpreis Ökologie” from AEG Germany
1996 Drawing prize at Kunstverein Eisenturm in Mainz.
1997 DAAD Stipendium for the Netherlands from the German government
2008 Frits Philips Kunstprijs at Museum Kunstlicht in de Kunst, Eindhoven, NL
2009 Project grant for Love Hate Punch from Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB).
2012 Two works in the collection of Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
art fair Kunst Rai Amsterdam 2012
Scope art fair Basel 2012

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