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.

Works from this artist






  • Optimismus, Pessimismus, Realismus

    Jan Kiefer


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.


His work has been featured in exhibitions at Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Zurich), Fuhrwerkswaage, (Cologne), Swiss Institute (New York), Haus Konstruktiv (Zurich), Union Pacific (London), Nagel Draxler (Cologne), Kai Matsumiya (New York), Salts (Basel), Skulpturenpark Köln (Cologne), Gagosian, Athens (2016) and the Kunsthalle Basel.

In the studio