• Heiner Meyer

    Heiner Meyer

    DE '53

Heiner Meyer (english)

Heiner Meyer’s painting is characterized by consistency and undogmatic intransigence, and likewise by the principles of an arte sull’arte—art whose primary theme is art itself.
           In his works, he confidently layers quotes and adaptations of a wide range of sources one above the other and in doing so demonstrates the simultaneity of the non-simultaneous. Classic Greek sculptures, portraits of movie stars from the fifties, Mickey Mouse and other comic-book characters, butterflies, and cubes are the recurring set pieces in Meyer’s idiom and quoted in ever-new constellations and confrontations.
           This subjective iconography is reconstructed from picture to picture; there is no connecting or even binding scheme. Meyer’s art is always a new creation—never repetition; his painterly vocabulary is declined and conjugated in a different way in each work. In the process, the artists never lapses into the suggestion of his models—that is, the pictures that were there before his; both the stars of antique mythology as well as the Hollywood stars are quoted from a relativizing distance; their aura is processed and not venerated! It is out of this distance to his themes that Meyer achieves the absolute freedom in his painting, in which the sublime appears alongside the trivial, past alongside present, realistic alongside abstract, elite alongside popular.
           Heiner Meyer’s works have been presented in more than two hundred group and solo exhibitions and his oeuvre being represented in a large number of public and private collections.

Heiner Meyer ( DE-1953 )

Born in Bielefeld

1972                    First solo exhibition at Galerie Bernhard Hüning, Münster 

1973–1974           Stay in London and Cadaquès 

1973                    Assistant to Salvador Dalí in Port Liggat, Spain

1977                    Begins study of fine arts at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste in
                           Braunschweig, at first with Profs. Hermann Albert and Lienhard von
                           Monkiewitsch, later with Prof. Karl Schulz and Prof. Malthe Sartorius 

1981                    Was named master student by Prof. Malthe Sartorius • recipient of Rudolf-Wilke
                           Prize of the City of Braunschweig

1982                    Art Prize of the Lottogesellschaft Lower Saxony • Prize recipient

1983                    Teaching position at HBK Braunschweig • marries Brigitte Worbs • sets up first
                           studio in Bielefeld

1986–1990          Teaching position at the Fachhochschule Bielefeld, Department of Visual

1987                    Ebernburg Grant of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate 

1993                    Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the State of NRW • completes many
                           projects for museums in the following years • three museums in the Eastern
                           Westphalia region simultaneously present overview of his work to date

1996                    Receives travel stipend for Japan from the Goethe Institute Kansai 

2004                    Move to a larger studio

2010 until today    Heiner Meyer lives and works in Bielefeld