Markus Willeke

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 About Artist

Markus Willeke’s paintings are boisterous and direct. His gestural brushwork is close to the impulsiveness of graffiti, the counterpoint to the physical immediacy of his paintings is American Pop art. The significance of his paintings emerges from brilliant color contrasts, the spray of colors covering the canvas as if flowing from a powerful wave. The action depicted is like a strong jolt, there without explanation. Instead, one has the impression that content is made casually, created spontaneously in the act of painting. The spontaneity of the application of paint, the brightness of colors and the alacrity and assuredness of the brushwork make Willeke’s works as magical and steadfast as fleeting and intangible. Instead of telling stories, the motifs refer much more to subcultural excesses of media inspired fantasies. The painter’s early works especially orient themselves toward icons of American pop culture that inflamed European youth culture in the 90s: cartoon characters, video game heroes, and fast food chains. The more recent works of Willeke are often marked by a borderline situation – panes of windows, the surface of water, blinds or the thicket of a field. Impenetrable barriers dominate the foreground such that what is behind remains unknown. If nothing else, painting encircles its own riddle: it is concerned with three-dimensional reality in two dimensions. We see membrane-like motifs but nevertheless remain on the surface.


Markus Willeke lives and works in Berlin

1971 born in Recklinghausen (D)


1992-2000 Fine Art Academy Munster (D) 


2001 advancement award of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Bonn (D)
advancement award of the Art Foundation of the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf (D)


2002 work scholarship of the Art Foundation of the federal state Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (D)


2005 advancement award of the Society for the Promotion of Westphalian Cultural Activities (GWK), Munster (D)


2009 sponsorship to artists of the Senate Chancellery Berlin by the Foundation Deutsche Klassenlotterie (D)


2008-2009 teaching assignment for painting Art Academy Bremen (D)


2010 scholarship of the Cultural Foundation Spadtsparkasse Unna (D)




2012 Hengesbach Gallery, Berlin
Kunstraum Hengesbach, Wuppertal


2011 "Crox 357", Croxhapox art center, Gent (BE)
"Tasten nach Wirklichkeiten", Galerie oqbo - Raum für Bild Wort Ton, mit Michael Bause, Berlin
"Let me apologize to begin with", Vergoldung Erlhoff, Berlin


2010 "How soon is now?", Rasche Ripken Berlin
"Whatever you do, don’t tell anyone!", Städtische Galerie Kirchheim unter Teck (D)


2009 "Lovely, dark and deep", Fiebach & Minninger, Cologne (D)
"Nightrider", The Coop Galerie, Bergen auf Rügen (D)


2008 "Look, laugh but don’t touch", Rasche Ripken Berlin
"De vloed", Villa de Bank, Enschede (NL)
"One more thing before I go", Kunstverein Marburg (D)
"If you were there, beware!", Kunstverein Rügen (D)
"Sweet hereafter", Kunstverein Wolfenbüttel (D)


2007 "One step further to the edge", Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing
"Heavan can’t wait", Fiebach & Minninger, Cologne (D)
"Beach closed", Kunstverein Niebüll (D)


2006 "Aren’t you glad you didn’t turn on the light", Galerie Frederik Foert, Berlin
"Locals only", Galerie Stefan Rasche, Munster (D)


2005 "It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it", Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen (D)
"Come back another day", Kunstklub Köln, Cologne (D)
"Crime", Mudimadrie - Galerie Gianluca Ranzi, Antwerpen (BE)
"Hell is round the Corner", Kunstverein Ahlen (D)


2004 "Death thru Daihatsu", Galerie Garanin, Berlin
"Croy", Galerie Borchardt, Hamburg (D)
"Hell is round the Corner", Kunstverein Münsterland, Coesfeld, Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen (D) *
Giga, Fiebach & Minninger, Cologne (D)
Nuts, Galerie Stefan Rasche, Munster (D)


2003 "Drop", Galerie Garanin, Berlin
"No Funny Stuff!", Künstlerhaus Dortmund (D)
"Riddlers Revenge", Galerie Di Maggio, Mailand (I)


2002 "Nightrider", Felixleiter, Berlin.
"Outside of Bismarck", ND, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unsere Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg (D)
"Trip home", Fiebach & Minninger, Cologne (D)
"Swaying palm trees line the sandy white beaches as they meet the Atlantic Ocean", mit Susanne Kutter, Kunstraum Deltawerk, Solingen (D)


2001 "Returning to flooded home", Felixleiter, Berlin


2000 „Lemieux on a breakaway“, Galerie Schneiderei, Cologne (D)




2011 „Die Dritte Mitte“, Neues Problem, Berlin


2010 „Post dimensione”, Torrione Passari, Molfetta, Bari (I)
„What matters”, The Coop Galerie, Bergen auf Rügen (D)
„Local Heroes“, RUHR 2010, Kulturstiftung Sparkasse Unna (D)


2009 „Selection - die Sammlung Biedermann“, Museum Biedermann, Donaueschingen (D)
„Sorry. sick and sad”, The Coop Galerie, Bergen auf Rügen (D)
„Etwas bleibt immer hängen II“, Rasche Ripken Berlin
„Nordschau II“, Sammlung der HSH Nordbank, Hamburg (D)


2008 „Hinter den Kulissen“, 19. Kinofest Lünen (D)
„Skinscapes“, Marburger Kunstverein (D)
„Let the train blow the whistle”, Stedefreund, Berlin
„Kemnade klingt“, Kunstverein Bochum (D)
„Paperfile#1“, oqbo - Raum für Bild, Wort, Ton, Berlin


2007 "Countdown", Galerie Stefan Rasche, Munster
"I know the world II, Sparwasser HQ", Berlin
"My Generation, Jugendästhetik im Spiegel", Kunsthaus Essen (D)
"Balance!", Münster Bad Doberan, Heiligendamm (D)
"Breathe in, breathe out", Mudimadrie - Galerie Gianluca Ranzi, Antwerpen (B)
"Floods", Sant’Agostino Exhibition Space, in Zusammenarbeit mit GAMeC (Galerie für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst), Bergamo (I) *


2006 "Westfälische Kulturarbeit", Landesmuseum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte, Munster
"Crash", Mudimadrie - Galerie Gianluca Ranzi, Antwerpen (B)
"The fine Art of separating People from their Money", Galerie Frederik Foert, Berlin
"Zur falschen Zeit am falschen Ort", Galerie Borchardt, Hamburg (D)
"Saar Ferngas Förderpreis für Junge Kunst", Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, TUFA, Trier (D) *


2005 "Hydrophobia 2", Zinger presents, Tilburg (NL)
"Home sweet home", Mudimadrie - Galerie Gianluca Ranzi, Antwerpen (B)
"Crash", Fiebach und Minninger, Cologne
"Schering Förderpreis Junge Kunst", Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
"Neue Heimat I", Galerie Stefan Rasche, Munster


2004 "Heute hier, morgen dort...", Ausstellungshalle Zeitgenössische Kunst, Munster *
"Jahresgaben", Westfälischer Kunstverein, Munster
"Trendwände", Kunstraum Düsseldorf (D)
"Malerei 2004", Kunsthalle Recklinghausen (D) *


2003 Armoury, Trevi Flash Art Museum, Trevi (I)
"Hydrophobia", Henry Peacock Gallery, London


2001 "Köln Quartett", Fuhrwerkswaage, Cologne *
"Kunststudenten stellen aus", Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der BRD, Bonn (D)


2000 "Von Chaos und Ordnung der Seele II", Psychiatrische Klinik der Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Kunstbunker Nürnberg (D)
"Schneiderei presents", Galerie Schneiderei, Cologne *


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