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According to Zeniuk, colors are not merely carriers of emotion, but their interaction also reflects social and human relationships. Zeniuk became known in the seventies through his participation in the Fundamental Painting show at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1975. Since then, his paintings developed from monochrome planes towards compositions of contrasting color planes next to each other. Zeniuk’s more recent canvases use colored circles or dots to create color interactions that create a specific pictorial space. The edges of these dots are in some cases sharp, in other vague and atmospheric. They are brought into a harmonious equilibrium and have a strong spatial effect.

Jerry Zeniuk (b. 1945, Bardowick) lives and works in Munich. He was the subject of solo museum exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Bremerhaven (1990), Museum Lenbachhaus, Munich (1999), Kunstmuseum Winterthur (1990 & 1999), Kunstmuseum Kassel (1990 & 1999), Kunsthalle Karlsruhe (1996 & 2004), Museum Augsburg (2012), Museum Wiesbaden (2014) and Joseph Albers Museum (2016).

To look at a painting, to understand what you see, takes time. Since we look at images from before we can remember, we think we know how to look. But there comes a time when we realize that there is more to see than we are used to seeing.

Jerry Zeniuk

Biography

Professorships

  • Since 1992

    Professor at Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Germany

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    How to Paint, Annemarie Verna Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2017

    New Paintings, Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

  • 2016

    How to Paint, Joseph Albers Museum Quadrat, Bottrop, Germany

  • 2015

    Listen to me, Look at me, New Works and a Sound Art Work in collaboration with Ernst Reijseger, Slewe Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • 2014

    Paintings: Not for your living room, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany

  • 2013

    Elementare Malerei, Staatsgalerie Moderne Kunst im Glaspalast, Augsburg, Germany

    Kunstpavillon, Munich, Germany

  • 2012

    Galerie Slewe, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • 2011

    Paintings 1976 - 2011, Annemarie Verna Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2010

    Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin, Germany

  • 2008

    small format, Rupert Walser, Munich, Germany

  • 2007

    Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen, Germany

  • 2006

    Margarete Roeder Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 2005

    Galerie Rupert Walser, Munich, Germany

    Bilder von Jerry Zeniuk, Kulturraum Bardowick, Bardowick, Germany

    Abstrakte Realistische Bilder, Städtische Galerie im Rathauspark, Gladbeck, Germany

    Farbe in Freiheit, Kunstverein Lippstadt, Lippstadt, Germany

    Neue Arbeiten auf Leinwand, Bergner + Job Galerie, Mainz, Germany

  • 2004

    Annemarie Verna Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2003

    Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf, Germany

    Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe, Germany

    Galerie Rupert Walser, Munich, Germany

  • 2002

    Kunstverein Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, Germany

  • 2001

    Galerie Annemarie Verna, Zurich, Switzerland

    Galerie Katrin Rabus, Bremen, Germany

  • 2000

    Galerie Slewe, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • 1999

    Oil and Water, Kunstmuseum Winterthur and Neue Galerie, Staatliche und Städtische Kunstsammlungen, Kassel, Germany

    Münchner Bilder 1992-1998, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany

  • 1998

    Lawrence Markey Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Galerie Rupert Walser, Munich, Germany

  • 1997

    Galerie Lüdke, Cologne, Germany

    Galerie Michael Zink, Regensburg, Germany

    Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf, Germany

    Galerie Appel und Fertsch, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    Kunstraum Fuhrwerkswaage, Cologne, Germany

    Cairo-Berlin Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

  • 1996

    Lawrence Markey Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Galerie Rupert Walser, Munich, Germany

    Galerie Slewe, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Forum Rotunde, Karlsruhe, Germany

    Institut für moderne Kunst in der SchmidtBank-Galerie, Nürnberg, Germany

    Galerie Jürgen Becker, Hamburg, Germany

  • 1995

    Galerie Annemarie Verna, Zurich, Switzerland

    Galerie Michael Zink, Regensburg, Germany

  • 1994

    Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany

    Galerie Annemarie Verna, Zurich, Switzerland

    Neue Galerie, Dachau, Germany

    Galerie Rupert Walser, Munich, Germany

    Galerie Jürgen Becker, Hamburg, Germany

  • 1993

    Galerie Annemarie Verna, Zurich, Switzerland

    Galerie Rupert Walser, Munich, Germany

    Lawrence Markey Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 1992

    Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf, Germany

  • 1991

    Galerie Annemarie Verna, Zurich, Switzerland

    Galerie Katrin Rabus, Bremen, Germany

    Galerie Rupert Walser, Munich, Germany

    Galerie Sties, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    Lawrence Markey Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 1990

    Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, Germany

    Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Germany

    Neue Galerie Staatliche und Städtische Kunstsammlungen Kassel and daadgalerie, Berlin, Germany

    Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf, Germany

    Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, Germany

  • 1989

    Galerie Annemarie Verna, Zurich, Switzerland

    Galerie Rupert Walser, Munich, Germany

    Galerij S65, Aalst, Belgium

  • 1988

    Galerie Katrin Rabus, Bremen, Germany

    Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf, Germany

    Michael Walls Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 1987

    Galerie Rupert Walser, Munich, Germany

    Galleria Plurima, Udine, Italy

  • 1986

    Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf, Germany

    Elisabeth Galasso, Ossining, New York, NY, USA

  • 1982

    Galerie Rupert Walser, Munich, Germany

  • 1979

    Galerie de Gestlo, Cologne, Germany

  • 1977

    Galerie Annemarie Verna, Zurich, Switzerland

    Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, Germany

  • 1976

    Galerie de Gestlo, Hamburg, Germany

  • 1975

    Galleria Peccola, Livorno, Italy

  • 1974

    Galerie de gestlo, Hamburg, Germany

    Galleria La Bertesca, Milan, Italy

  • 1975

    Galleria Peccolo, Livorno, Italy

  • 1973

    Paley & Lowe, New York, NY, USA

  • 1972

    Paley & Lowe, New York, NY, USA

Selected images