Andy Wengel


“Sometimes there is beauty in the insane and insanity in beauty, so is beauty just a concept of mankind or an universal system?”

When viewing his pictures, one could easily be seduced by the beauty, but there is always more to it – sometimes emotional, sometimes more rational, be it the discovery of similarities in a supposedly unconnected subject or just when facing time itself.
His recent works reflect complexity and self-similarity in the physical world, and question the definition of life itself. He sees the world as it exists today as testimony to time. And since modern civilization is suffering from an apparent lack of time, he strives to capture impressions of time with his images. His concentrated, sometimes constructed realities emphasize an objectivity which exists only in the image. He believes there is no such thing as objective reality, only subjective interpretations made by our brains. His photography uses a language of objectivity and emotions, raising questions about the meaning of life. Although his pictures were taken all over the world, the actual locations become almost unimportant in the greater context.In his exemplary work “Time” (2009-today), he depicts his subject – the ocean as the beginning of life and maybe the end – in an abstract rather than an emotional way. His pictures are created to show how the ocean may look at a certain moment of time. Some societies believe the ocean stores all information, all memories in its uncountable molecules. Watching the ocean is like looking into time.

Mainly known for his sound works, Andy Wengel can also look back on almost three decades of photographic exploration. As a student at the Berliner Humboldt-University, he started experimenting in the dark room. What started as a side project became his passion.

Artist Info

Andy Wengel


Born in 1968 in Berlin/DE
Lives and works in Berlin/DE

Selected solo exhibitions


Power I & Power II, Andrássy University, Budapest/HU
Nominee of 10th Annual International Color Awards
The intricate detail, WHITECONCEPTS Gallery, Berlin/DE


Art Photo Budapest, Millenaris, Budapest/HU
Power, WHITECONCEPTS Gallery, Berlin/DE

Selected group exhibitions


Our Anthropocene: Eco-Crises, The Center for Book Arts, New York/USA


Art Market Budapest, Millenáris, Budapest/HU
Positions Art Fair, Arena, Berlin/DE


9th Annual International Color Awards
Art Photo Budapest, Millenaris, Budapest/HU


Power, rifuh Gallery, Singapore