Presented on large-scale canvases and depicted in vibrant, almost lurid colours, Kinki Texas’s subjects may appear to have been quickly dashed off but have in fact been developed over a period of months. Their lengthy process of creation is only revealed on closer inspection, when the different stages of the picture’s evolution can gradually be traced. While Kinki Texas has a particular theme and subject matter in mind when he begins working on his pictures, he also reacts to what happens during the painting process, with the result that the development of the images can take unexpected turns. He paints, sprays, writes, wipes and scrapes away until he reaches a state where any additional painterly touch would overload the image, but any missing one would make it seem unfinished. The heroic figures in “Kinki Texas Space”, this is what the artist calls his creative universe, which draws as much inspiration from the comic genre as it does from television’s History Channel, employing means of depiction borrowed from graffiti and trash culture as well as from centuries of history painting, their appearance ranges from slightly strange to truly bizarre; some of them have a warlike and at times rather frightening demeanour; they confront the viewer with loaded guns, pose in suits of armour with swords drawn or like Native Americans with headdresses, bows and arrows.
Among the main solo shows we remember: 2022, Ultima Thule - hin und zurück
, Galleria Alessandro Casciaro, Bolzano (I); 2020, , Uncanny Valley
, with Jub Mönster, Galerie Kramer, Bremen (D), Video audio disco
, Oxholm Gallery, Kopenhagen, (DK) and Heroes
, Chase Contemporary, New York, USA; 2019, T2
, duo show with Francesco Tricarico, Fabbrica EOS Gallery, Milan (I) and Rodeorant empty
, Galerie Anja Knoess, Cologne (D); 2017, Mental Shiloh Supper Club
, Gallery Alessandro Casciaro, Bolzano (I) and The Early Kinki Texas Space
, Kunstverein Friedberg (D); 2016, Battlestar Germania
, Galerie Gerken, Berlin (D); 2015, 24h Cinema
, Oxholm Gallery, Copenhagen (DK); 2014, Beutekunst
, Projektraum Knut Osper, Cologne (D); 2013, 1000 Ponies are not enough
, Gallery Goethe, Bolzano (I); 2012, Sad King Billy
, Galerie Martina Kaiser, Cologne (D); 2010, Cannibale Grande
, Galleria Bianca Maria Rizzi, Milan (I) and Anti-Anti-Kunst
, Cuxhavener Kunstverein, Cuxhaven (D); 2008, Low, Low, Low Society
, Gallery Goethe 2, Bolzano (I) and Texas Anno Zero
, Il Torchio Galleria D’Arte, Milan (I); 2002, Kinki Texas
, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main (D).
He has also taken part in numerous goup exhibitions, icluding: 2021, Who's afraid of orange, pink and blue
, Galerie Anja Knoess, Cologne (D); 2018, Untapped Basel
, collection of Takashi Family and BLITZEIS II, Accrochage
, Galerie Anja Knoess, Cologne (D); 2016, Arteforte
, Forte superiore di Nago, Nago-Torbole (I); 2011, Highlights
, Cuxhavener Kunstverein, Cuxhaven (D); 2010, Psycho Pompös
, with M. Zupika, Gdansk City Gallery, Gdansk (PL) and 32. Bremer Förderpreis für Bildende Kunst 2009
, Städtischen Galerie, Bremen (D); 2009, 6. Bremer Kunstfrühling
, Gleishalle Güterbahnhof, Bremen (D); 2007, Deviant Art Festival Kunstfestival
, Konsthallen Trollhättan, Trollhättan (S) and 2006, Allarmi 2
, Caserma De Cristoforis, Como (I).
Kinki Texas was born 1969 in Bremen (D); 2005 Master‘s degree in cultural studies and philosophy at the University of Bremen. He lives and works in Bremen.