About the artist
When Verena Landau went to Florence in 1989 to study the artistic techniques of the Old Masters at the Charles Cecil Studios , she had already finished an apprenticeship as a bookbinder. Afterwards she successfully studied Graphic Arts and Book Arts at in Leipzig at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig Anschließend absolviert sie ein Studium der Malerei/Grafik an der Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig under Arno Rink and Neo Rauch.
In her newest works, the notion of momentariness becomes a central part of her pictorial vocabulary in her painting. In her paintings, Landau gives insight into seemingly fleeting moments and captures brief instants. Only after longer contemplation, the viewer comes across peculiarities, which encourage him or her to further reflect on the work.
Landau takes her inspiration from photographies and everyday media, which she translates into her painting while adding her very own components. For her, the transformation of media is closely entangled with psychological, social and physical phenomena. While her interest initially lay in the genre of portrait, she is meanwhile exploring the human's relation to his and her social and urban space. Especially the boundaries between those instances are of her very interest. In doing so, the artist ventures to tackle a step beyond pure figurative depiction and into the exploration of social systems. By no means, she shies at discussing topics taken from her very own social and societal space, such as the 'phenomenon of institutional exhibiting'.
Verena Landau, born in Düsseldorf in 1965, lives and works in Leipzig.
Photocredits in der Reihenfolge des Erscheinens:
Portrait von Verena Landau: Enrico Meyer
Werke von Verena Landau: Christoph Sandig
Vervielfältigung oder Veröffentlichung des Artikels – auch in Teilen – nur nach schriftlicher Absprache erlaubt.