Jan Kiefer

Jan Kiefer’s paintings experiment with the traditional boundaries of composition in 20th-century Western art. His work questions painting’s potential as a source of aesthetic change and other similar critical dogmas, while engaging with socio-political issues. Kiefer's canvases play with both the kitsch and the mundane, teasing the relationship between the history of images and our contemporaneous social values.

A solo exhibition of Kiefer’s work, Skiing Snowman, took place at the Swiss Institute in New York in 2020.

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Jan Kiefer was born in Trier, Germany in 1979. He now lives and works in Basel, Switzerland.


Jan Kiefer studied at the Academy of Art and Design, Basel from 2010 to 2012, at the University of Applied Sciences, Trier from 2002 - 2007 and the Academy of Art and Design, Lucerne from 2004 - 2005.


Kiefer’s work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions, including: , Oreilles Internaxionales, Basel (2021); Skiing Snowman, Swiss Institute, New York (2020), Schwarz-Weiss, Union Pacific, London (2019); Jan Kiefer, Pedro Wirz (with Pedro Wirz), Nagel Draxler, Cologne (2018); JaJaJaJaJa NeinNeinNeinNeinNein, Kai Matsumiya, New York (2017); Honeybaked, Salts, Basel (2017)

His work has also been shown in selected group exhibitions, including: Paint-by-Numbers, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich (2022); Architektura, Fuhrwerkswaage, Cologne (2021); Concrete Contemporary, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2019); KölnSkulptur #9, Skulpturenpark Köln, Cologne (2017); Giles, Gagosian, Athens (2016); Kunstkredit, Kunsthalle Basel (2015)

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