Lives and works: Germany
Silke Schoener is a contemporary realist painter, famous for her serene, yet poetical landscapes, inspired from North Hesse's nature.
Silke studied in Dresden soon after the 'fall of the Berlin Wall', where she was influenced by the Leipzig School. This influence can be detected in her confident drawing, her strong compositional sense and her freedom from false gestures.
The empty white spaces on her oil paintings are her visual signature, an ability which a few artists managed to master. Her creation process is an ongoing one, where she constantly searches for visual inspirations in nature, in her everyday surroundings and foreign places. She uses her camera to capture the moment which then takes back to her studio.
In an intuitive selection process, she composes the picture by only painting what she feels is essential and necessary, leaving out the other parts.
Thus by means of extraction and the use of white space she attempts to represent a mental and spiritual world. By creating these empty spaces on her canvas she gives room to the real objects to expand, and the opportunity to the viewer to fill in these blank areas.
The powerful balance of white space and the landscape on Silke’s canvases, brings clarity and serenity to the viewer, in a way that only Silke can apply in her unique way.
Silke Schoener has exhibited in countries such as USA, France, Japan, and Germany, and she has regular participations in international art fairs around the world.
'In my attempt to capture the WHOLE within a painting, I use the concept of combining a naturalistic painting style with the white space. My interest is centered on making the unreal perceivable on the white surface of the picture by means of virtualized reality.’
Medium: Oil paint on canvas.
Selected Permanent Collections
Silke Schoener artworks are part of important private and corporate collections around the world.
Masters in Fine Arts, Kassel Art School 1994
Bachelor in Fine Arts, Dresden Art School 1991
Silke Schoener had over 30 solo exhibitions around the world.
Participated in multiple group exhibitions and art fairs world wide. This is a list of the galleries where Silke's artworks are permanently on exhibition.
Silke's work has been published in many different distributed material.