Neo Rauch

The Obsession of the Demiurge, Selected Works 1993-2012
Neo Rauch is a key pioneer of the Neue Leipziger Schule, and known for his puzzling, seemingly narrative paintings. The people they contain are always occupied; they don’t seem to entirely fit in with their surroundings. Rauch has developed a highly individual style, a mix of realism and abstraction with a surrealist touch, and influences from pop art and comic strips are apparent. His dreamlike compositions seem to be peopled by memories of the GDR. “My paintings have something vital about them, like an animal, a living thing.” Says Rauch. To the greatest possible extent, these painted images are at peace with themselves.