Tal R New Citizen, 2001
57 x 76 cm © the artist Photo: Archiv Sammlung Viehof

About the work

"I like the world of hints. I like the surface. I like to dream of other places. I like weakness, and that's why I paint. Painting should have stopped around the time of Cézanne, but for all the wrong reasons it still exists, and in that detritus I find my possibilities."

Tal R, "Interview zwischen einem Spiegel und einem Elefanten", in: The Elephant Behind the Clown, Ausstellungskatalog. Kunstverein Hamburg, Köln 2011, o.S.

About the artist

born 1967 in Tel Aviv, Israel
lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark

Born in Israel to a Danish mother and Czech father, the family moved to Denmark six months later, where Tal R grew up and studied at the Copenhagen Billedskolen from 1986 to 1988. After working as a teacher at the Nut Cracker-Art School in Copenhagen from 1991 to 1993, he decided to begin studies at the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1994, graduating in 2000. Already in the same year he was a visiting professor at the Helsinki Academy of Art. In 2001 he received the studio scholarship of the city of Mönchengladbach. After Tal R took over a guest professorship at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts in 2003, he took over a master class for painting at the Düsseldorf Art Academy in 2005.