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Tim Eitel has been acclaimed by the international art world as a representative New Leipzig School painter alongside with Neo Rauch, Anna Tessenow, and Christoph Ruckhaberle. He studied German literature, and philosophy at the University of Stuttgart from 1993 to 1994. His philosophy background had impact in his work. Eitel studied painting at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig from 1997- 2001, and was a Meisterschüler in the class of Professor Arno Rink from 2001 to 2003.

Tim Eitel is a specialist for paintings in which individual figures, colored planes, and architectural structures fuse into units of mysterious, yet streamlined elegance. In most cases, the figures do not show their faces. Through this, the artist creates an ubiquitous atmosphere, where figures can be either ‘myself’ or ‘another,’ and his painting contains the somberness and emptiness of all humans in modern society.

Art Review magazine declared Eitel as “the best young painter working today.” Eitel has received a number of prestigious awards throughout his career, including the Marion Ermer-Preis in 2003, and the Landesgraduiertenstipendium, Saxonia, Germany in 2002. He was granted an artist’s residency in the International studio program at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin 2002. Since 2000, Eitel has participated in more than fifty exhibitions worldwide, including Hamburger Bahnhof Museum fur Gegenwart, Germany, Saint Louis Art Museum, USA, and Pace Gallery, USA. Eitel's works are part of collections of ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Austria, Deutsche Bank Collection, Germany and other major art institutions.





1971             Born in Leonberg, Germany

1993-1994    University of Stuttgart, Germany (Roman studies, German studies and Philosophy)

1994-1996    Burg Giebichtenstein, Halle, Germany (Fine Arts)

1997-2001    Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, Germany (Painting)

2001-2003    Meisterschüler (master student) in the class of Prof. Arno Rink


Lives and works in Berlin and Paris



Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017     Apparition of a Distance, However Near, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul

             Yellow Sky, Goethe-Institut, Hong Kong

2016     With the past, I have nothing to do, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin, Berlin

2015     Tomorrow, 2 Seconds Later, Jousse Entreprise, Paris

2014     Fog and SunGalerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin, Berlin

             Residency Deutsche Botschaft, Paris

2013     Elsewhere, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, USA

             Visitor, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria

2011     The Placeholders, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul

2010     Message to Home, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin, Berlin

2009     Invisible Forces, PaceWildenstein, New York

2008     The Inhabitants, Tübingen Art Hall, Tübingen, Germany; Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark, Kunsthalle

             zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany

2007     Tim Eitel, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin, Berlin

2006     Center of Gravity, PaceWildenstein, New York

2005     Currents 96: Tim Eitel, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, USA

             Terrain, Galerie der Stadt Backnang, Backnang, Germany

2004     Terrain, Museum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland; Centre Rhénan d'Art

             Contemporain Alsace, Alsace, France

2003     Conquest, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin, Leipzig, Germany

2002     Outlook Painting, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

             View, Galerie LIGA, Berlin



Selected Group Exhibitions

2017     BEHOLD the MAN, Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Magdeburg Museum of Art, Magdeburg, Germany

2016     The Candle, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany

             BEHOLD the MAN, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany

             Silence Out Loud, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, Netherlands

             Art on Paper Masterpieces, Galerie Schimming, Hamburg, Germany

             A Second Image, Maison des arts de Malakoff, Paris

2015     German Art Since 1960, The Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria

             GRAY WOULD BE THE COLOR, IF I HAD A HEART, Marc Straus Gallery, New York

             German Promises, Ornis A. Gallery, Amsterdam

             40|10, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany

2014     Man Becomes Essential – The Painted Man is More Human, KUNSTVEREIN – Freunde aktueller Kunst, 

             Zwickau, Germany

             Facing Nature, Belvédère Museum, Heerenveen, Netherlands

2013     on paper, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin, Berlin

             Cultural Freedom in Europe, The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), The European 

             Committee of the Regions (COR), Goethe-Institut, Brussels

2012     People Images, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany

             Nightfall, New Tendencies in Figurative Painting, MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts,

             Debrecen, Hungary; Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague

             The Castle in the Air: A Séance of Imagination, Castle Culture Center, Poznan, Poland

             The Human Senses and Perception in Contemporary Art, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany

             Masterworks From The Frieder Burda Museum, Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence, France

             Resting Objects - Still Life of the 17th Century in Dialogue with Contemporary Paintings, Museum Abtei 

             Liesborn, Liesborn, Germany

2011     3rd International Festival of Contemporary Art of Algiers (FIAC) - The Return, Museum of Modern and

             Contemporary Art, Algiers

             American and European Painting from the Marx Collection, Atlas Sztuki, Lodz, Poland; National Museum in

             Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland

             Apocalypse Now, Nieuw Dakota Project Gallery, Amsterdam

             Litos Grafera, Silkeborg Bad Art Center, Silkeborg, Denmark; Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger, Norway

2010     Public Private Paintings, Mu.ZEE Museum of Art, Ostende, Belgium

             6th Liverpool Biennial International - Touched: The Human Stain, Liverpool, UK

             Parallels: Young Contemporary Art from Norway and Leipzig, Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker, Norway

             ATOPIA - Art and the City in the 21st Century, Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB), 

             Barcelona, Spain

             What Do the Images Do With Me…, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany

             If Not in This Period of Time - Contemporary German Painting: 1989-2010, São Paulo Museum of Art, Sao 

             Paulo, Brazil

             Artist of the Gallery, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin, Leipzig, Germany

2009     Ten: 1999-2009 at Sommer Contemporary Art, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

             Carte Blanche IX: The Sachsen Bank Art Collection, Leipzig Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany

             60-40-20, Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

             Carte Blanche VII: Galerie Eigen + Art, Leipzig Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany

2008     Familiar Terrain - Contemporary Art in and About Germany, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe,


             Bohemia is on the Sea, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany

             Western Motel - Edward Hopper and Contemporary Art, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna

             Contemporary Germany: To Paint is to Narrate, MART - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento

             and Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy

2007     Mad Love, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

             Size Matters: XS / XXL, Hudson Valley Center of Contemporary Art, Peekskill, USA

2006     MADE IN LEIPZIG – Pictures from a City, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria

             New Trajectories I: Relocations, Reed’s Cooley Gallery, Portland, USA

2005     Expanded Painting, Prague Biennial 2, Prague

             New German Paintings, Carré d`Art – Museum of Contemporary Art of NîmesNîmes, France

             Life After Death, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, USA; SITE, Santa Fe, USA; 

             Katzen Arts Center Museum, Washington D.C.; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, USA; Salt Lake Art Center, Salt 

             Lake City, USA; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, USA

             Do it Yourself, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum of Contemporary Arts – Berlin, Berlin

             From Leipzig, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA

2004     Funny Cuts, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

             Northern Light: Leipzig in Miami, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA

             Tim Eitel, David Schnell, Matthias Weischer, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin

2003     4ever Young, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

             Seven Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

             German Painting Two Thousand and Three, The Frankfurt Art Association, Frankfurt am Main, Germany




2003     Marion Ermer Prize, Marion Ermer Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany





Crown (Queen)


Oil on alu-dibond on wood

22 x 22 cm

Crown (King)


Oil on alu-dibond on wood

22 x 22 cm



Oil on canvas

19 x 27 cm

Tree and Stick


Oil on canvas

25 x 25 cm

Blue Bag


Oil on wood

22 x 27 cm

Interior with "Crown (King)"


Oil on canvas

60 x 70 cm

Double Landscape


Oil on canvas

70 x 70 cm

Architectural Studies


Oil on canvas

70 x 70 cm

Architectural Study (Barragan)


Oil on canvas

240 x 200 cm



Oil on canvas

185 x 240 cm

Rock Formation


Oil on canvas

210 x 190 cm

GfZK schwarz


Oil on canvas

180.3 x 240 cm

Untitled (Protest)


Oil on board

27.9 x 30.5 cm

Untitled (Cot)


Oil on canvas

22.9 x 22.9 cm

Schwarzer Sand


Oil on linen

261 x 189.9 cm



Oil on canvas

25 x 20 cm

Stadien (Arenas)


Oil on canvas

1-3: 20 x 20 cm | 4-12: 17.8 x 17.8 cm each

Landeinwarts (Upcountry)


Oil on canvas

25 x 20 cm

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