Manzur Kargar

Paintings

In his early works, Manzur Kargar focused primarily on early classical art, looking all the way back Hellenistic Greece. But in the last decade, he has focused on reproducing mass media images of contemporary advertising through painting. His inspiration comes from glossy magazines, television and the Internet. The artistic exploration of “advanced” civilizations is central to his work. No matter which era inspires him, Manzur depicts the human figure as shaped by its time and interprets the world as it is currently presented in the media: sugarcoated, unreal, dramatic, seductive, frightening, bizarre and glamorous. He uses motifs with which we are all familiar, pulls them out of their contexts and puts them into new ones. This creates a sensation of irritation. The viewer cannot resist the attraction of his realistic work, painted with elaborate traditional techniques in numerous layers.
Painting has always played a role in the spatial context of existence. From early cave paintings, to the “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci or the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo, pictures were created in relation to space. The artist does not reject the Romantic idea that a painting can stand alone, nor the modern White Cube concept of presenting works detached from realistic surroundings. But Manzur wants to bring painting back in touch with the room. His recent paintings are not randomly placed screens, but part of an overall spatial staging. Both levels are treated equally and work in relation to each other. He moves beyond the canvas and incorporates the walls and floor into the artwork. Shapes, colors and elements from the paintings continue onto the wall design, which is created according to the dimensions of the exhibition space. The wall is no longer a neutral background for the painting; it is an extension of the artwork and transfers the oil paintings into a third dimension. With the combination of digital and classic art, Manzur’s paintings mark the span of painting from the originated emotional base into the inevitable digital age.
Manzur Kargar was born in 1965 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He has lived and worked in Berlin since 1996, with periodical stays in Los Angeles and New York. In addition to being a painter, he is also a musician and composer, currently playing in the band ARTISTS ON HORSES. His works are featured in numerous private collections in Europe and in the USA and in public collections such as the Museum Berlinische Galerie, Berlin.

Artist Info

Manzur Kargar


Biography


Born 1965 in Kabul/Afghanistan
Lives and works in Berlin/Germany & Los Angeles/USA

Education

Studied painting at the University of Fine Arts (HBK) in Braunschweig/DE and at the
University of Fine Arts (udk) in Berlin/DE

Selected solo exhibitions

2016

New Paintings, Burkhard Eikelmann Galerie, Düsseldorf/DE
Fine Art, Geenwhich CT/USA

2015

Il Novecento, Porto Cervo/I

2014

Kunst & Auktionen am Kettwiger Tor, Essen/DE
Gerry Weber Open, represented by Burkhard Eikelmann Gallery, Halle-Westfalen/DE

2013

Glossy, Burkhard Eikelmann Gallery, Düsseldorf/DE
Dubai Project with Burkhard Eikelmann Gallery, Green Middle East, Expo Center Sharjah, Dubai/UAE
the solo project art fair, Basel/CH
Swissotel, Berlin/DE

2012

MyWay, Halle-Westphalia, Bielefeld/DE
2011 Galerie Eikelmann, Düsseldorf/DE
Qubique trade fair, Berlin/DE

2010

Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert CA/USA

2009

Feminine Soul Hybrids, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
STADTLADEN Berlin/DE

2008

BEAT. Galerie, Berlin/DE

2007

BEAT. Galerie, Berlin/DE
MENDO, Amsterdam/NL

2006

MENDO, Amsterdam/NL

2005

Gallery Kohinoor, Karlsruhe/DE

2004

Plattform 45, Hamburg/DE
Galerie Bongartz, Hannover/DE

2003

Showroom Galerie Bongartz, Hannover/DE

2002

Galerie Eikelmann, Düsseldorf/DE

2001

Galerie Eikelmann, Essen/DE

2000

Paravent-Projekt, Galerie Eikelmann, Düsseldorf/DE
Campo Tures/CH

Public collections

Berlinische Galerie
Volkswagen Wolfsburg
Manzur Kargar´s work is represented in numerous collections in Europe and the USA.

Selected group shows

2017

Happy New Drawings, Burkhard Eikelmann Galerie, Düsseldorf/DE

2016

LES MINIATURES, Galerie Gnesa, Munich/DE
Capelouzos Art Museum, Athens/GR

2015

Les Miniatures, Codex Show Room, Berlin/DE
Simon Bart Gallery, Porto Cervo/IT
Galerie Michael Nolte, Münster/DE
Happy New Drawings, Burkhard Eikelmann Galerie, Düsseldorf/DE
The Ecstasy of St. Theresa, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
LES MINIATURES, Codex, Berlin/DE

2014

Detail, Strzelski Galerie, Stuttgart/DE

2013

Edge and Surface, Codex Berlin/DE
Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA/USA
Portraits, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
Simon Bart Gallery, Porto Cervo/IT

2012

Art San Francisco/USA
Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert CA/USA
LA Art Show, Los Angeles/USA

2011

BS-VISITE, Braunschweig/DE
LA Art Show, Los Angeles/USA

2010

LA Art Show, Los Angeles/USA

2008

1 Jahr beat, BEAT.Gallery, Berlin/DE

2006

SUMMERBEAT 06, BEAT.Gallery, Berlin/DE

2005

5 Years of MENDO, MENDO, Amsterdam/NL
GERMAN PAINTERS, Hart Gallery, Palm Desert CA/USA

2004

SUMMER EXPO, MENDO, Amsterdam/NL
art Karlsruhe, Rheinstetten/DE

2003

REPEAT II, Künstlerhaus Bergedorf, Hamburg/DE
BLICK ZURÜCK NACH VORN, Plattform 45, Hamburg/DE
art Karlsruhe, Rheinstetten/DE

2002

REPEAT I, Galerie im Turm, Berlin/DE
GERMAN PAINTERS, Hart Gallery, Palm Spring CA/USA

2001

“…BLÜH’ IM GLANZE…“, Galerie Bongartz, Hannover/DE
TROJA: TRAUM UND WIRKLICHKEIT, Landesmuseum Braunschweig/DE

2000

TROJA: TRAUM UND WIRKLICHKEIT, Landesmuseum Bonn/DE
Art Cologne, Cologne/DE

1999

GEGEN-STAND-HIGH-TECH, Vienna Art Center, Vienna/AT
LAST SUPPER, Galerie Eikelmann, Essen/DE
PARAVANT PROJECT, Galerie Eikelmann, Düsseldorf/DE
NEW YORK NEW YORK, Galerie Arke, Dortmund

1998

Galerie Eikelmann, Essen/DE
Art Frankfurt/DE

1996

Tölke, Dehne, Kargar, Thiel, Galerie Hofkunst, Berlin/DE
Casus Belli, Kunstfestival am Hafen, Antwerpen/NL
Galerie Szmycinska und Stolz, Wiesbaden/DE
Galerie InterArt, Cologne/DE
Momento Mori, Galerie Parzifal, Berlin/DE
Herrschaft des Schönen, 2.Annuale, Berlin/DE

1995

Kargar, Schindler, Thiel, Galerie Parzifal, Berlin/DE
Berlin-Moskau, Avantgarde Galerie, Berlin/DE
Herrschaft des Schönen, 1.Annuale, Berlin/DE