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CV

portray of Chris Drange

Photo by Vedad Divovic, 2020

 

Chris Drange was born in Köthen (Anhalt), Germany in 1983. He studied at the International Center of Photography in New York, at the Art Students League of New York, at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig and at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. Drange received a BFA from the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg in 2017 and a MFA in 2019 from the same university. He lives and works in Hamburg and Berlin.

Drange is best known for his large-format post-digital portraits and realist oil painting artworks. Drange is a pioneer in modern contemporary art that depicts self-identification around the mood and style of social media culture.

Drange specializes in court painting of modern-day influencers. His work is based on giving the digital world (photographs) a reality, by adding emojis and by painting with oil medium on canvas. His work has been featured in several exhibitions and magazines including Museum der bildende Künste Leipzig, Kunstforum International, Numéro Berlin, New York Photography Awards Exhibition, Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen.

Drange has published two books titled Hecho En Socialismo and Relics. He is also the recipient of Publication Grant of Materialverlag of University of Fine Arts Hamburg, and the Purple Earth Foundation Grant.

 

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2021     Annka Kultys Gallery, solo exhibition (forthcoming), London, UK

 

2021     König Galerie,  group exhibition (forthcoming), Berlin, Germany

 

2021     TickTack solo exhibition (forthcoming), Antwerp, Belgium

 

2020     DER RIVER, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany

 

2020     LINK IN BIO, MdbK Leipzig, Group Exhibition, Leipzig, Germany

 

2019     NEW PAINTINGS, HFBK Graduation Exhibition, Hamburg, Germany

 

2019     CLASS OF ANSELM REYLE, HFBK Annual Exhibition, Hamburg, Germany

 

2018     CLASS OF ANSELM REYLE, HFBK Annual Exhibition, Hamburg, Germany

 

2017     ARTIST´S BOOKS FOR EVERYTHING, Centre for Artists´Publications, Weserburg, Museum for Modern Art, Bremen, Germany

 

2017     KLEINE GESELLSCHAFT FÜR PROFANE RELIQUIEN, Kleine Gesellschaft für Kunst und Kultur, Hamburg, Germany

 

2016     HECHO EN SOCIALISMO, Konform, Lemgo, Germany

 

2016     WIMMELBILDER, HFBK Annual Exhibition, Hamburg, Germany

 

2014     CRASH, Photo Bastei, Zürich, Switzerland

 

2013     RAUM1, F40, Berlin, Germany

 

2012     DIE HAUT DER STADT, Fenster61, Berlin, Germany

 

2012     TIME IN SPACE, New York Photography Awards Exhibition, Brooklyn, New York, USA

 

2012     PASSAGES, Salon Separee, Berlin, Germany

 

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

2017      RELICS, 112 pp., 97 ills., Hatje Cantz Verlag, ISBN 978-3-7757-4362-4

 

2015      HECHO EN SOCIALISMO – SOCIALISM TODAY IN VENEZUELA, 160 pp., 149 ills., Kerber Verlag, ISBN 978-3-7356-0096-7

 

2014      NYPH Journal, Volume 1, TIME IN SPACE, powerHouse Books, ISBN 978-1-5768-7664-0

 

 

GRANTS

 

2017      Publication Promotion, Materialverlag – HFBK, Hamburg

 

2017      Promotion, Purple Earth Foundation, Berlin

 

 

EDUCATION

 

2019     MFA from Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK), Hamburg, Germany

 

2017     BFA from University of Fine Arts in Hamburg (HFBK), Hamburg, Germany

 

2015-19      studies at University of Fine Arts in Hamburg (HFBK), Hamburg, Germany

 

2013-14      studies at Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB), Leipzig, Germany

 

2007-08      studies at School of the International Center of Photography (ICP), New York, USA 

 

2007-08      studies at Art Students League of New York, USA

 

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