Born in Aachen, Germany, 1972
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany
“Building Bridges”, 2018
Oil and fabrics on canvas
160 × 180 cm (63 x 70 7/8 in.)
With a mesmerizing use of color that draws visible psychological relationships across his compositions, Berlin-based painter Armin Boehm embeds his subjects into a prismatic world of figuration, symbolism, and cultural reference. In his works on canvas, he uses the technique of collage to conjoin fragments of paint, fabric, paper or metal, substances from which his subjects emerge, almost sculpturally materializing in concrete space.
Group scene or still life, Boehm’s works travel through a world where Max Beckmann’s claustrophobic depth of field sets the scene for Otto Dix’s unique brand of the grotesque, where urban bohemianism meets the shrill, homosexual, decadent and esoteric, where the cult of the body blends into hybrid, double-faced gender neutrality. The result is psychedelic in the most contemporary sense of the word: deeply emotional, and ultimately a revelation of the energy that pulses between people, objects, and their surroundings.