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Manzur Kargar

Manzur Kargar's new works were exhibited by Hohmann at Context Art Miami 2017, ART Palm Springs 2018 and also here in the gallery.

Although born in Afghanistan, Kargar was raised in West Berlin. He studied Fine Art and Painting in Braunschweig at one of the most prestigious universities for painting in Germany. His early career focused on epic paintings from mythological times of gods and goddesses amongst the architecture and environments of antiquity. This body carried him to success until his obsessions took him elsewhere. 

Having thoroughly explored the ancient cultural paradigms he turned his eye towards the icons of today’s society. Inspired by the images we are confront by daily within the media and advertising, he began to compose new bold, sexy, and passionate paintings showcasing the new mythological creatures of today. 

 

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Biography

Manzur Kargar, an up-and-coming artist from Berlin, Germany was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was moved to Germany at a very young age and was raised in West-Berlin. He studied Fine Art and Painting in Braunschweig at one of the most prestigious Universities for painting in Germany.

The paths of Christian Hohmann and Manzur Kargar crossed first in 2000 and Berlin (Germany) was boiling of excitement and anticipation. The new millennium and the fact that Berlin was once again the capital of Germany and still the largest construction place in all of Europe had magnetic powers for all creative people. Musicians, performing and visual artists alike were moving to Berlin. The gallery in Hamburg had been running successfully for a few years at the time and a new challenge was needed. That started the planning of the opening of a new gallery in Berlin, which happened in 2001. One of the many artist encounters was with Manzur Kargar. What made Manzur stand out was the fact that he was little impressed by the hype and the anxiety that was going around Berlin. Unlike most other he had lived in West-Berlin long before the wall came down and he knew Berlin in and out before the new wave of people came to the city to re-discover it. When most artists tried to compete over who would be the craziest, most disturbing and provocative, Manzur simply wanted to create good paintings and he did.

Unimpressed by any trends or new techniques he was working in his own personal style and success proved him right. Since then Manzur has re-invented himself and created a completely new style, influenced by the advertising world around us. In his early work he depicted Roman-Greco mythology and created very contemporary paintings based on the ancient cultures. His recent work is a strong departure from the historical content.

Bold, provocative and sexy is the new language of his passionate paintings. His inspiration is the media and advertising world around us. While his earlier work depicted the gods and goddesses of Antiquity, his new work depicts the icons of our Modern times.

 

Artist Statement

“You paint what you see” says Kargar about himself and refers to art history: “Van Gogh painted the sun flowers because they were all around him, Monet his garden, Picasso his women and so on. If I look out the window of my Berlin apartment I don’t see landscapes. I live in an urban environment, I am surrounded by billboards and advertising is everywhere. These images have become part of my life whether I like it or not - they are part of our culture. When I paint I don’t want to lecture or give an opinion whether this is good or bad. I simply want to show how it is. I like the aesthetics and the beauty of this imagery but I also see the seductiveness and the danger that lies within. My paintings are meant to reflect this ambivalence.”

 

1965 Born in Kabul/Afghanistan
1985+ Moved to Germany, West-Berlin
  Musician and composer in various band projects
1988-1991 Studied painting at the HBK Braunschweig (University of Fine Arts)
1991-1994 Studied painting at the HdK Berlin (University of Fine Arts)
1996+ Lived and worked frequently in Los Angeles and New York
2006 Co-founder of the project space BEAT. contemporary art gallery

 

Selected Solo Shows

2014 Kunst & Auktionen am Kettwiger Tor, Essen, Germany
2013 Burkhard Eikelmann Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany
  Green Middle East, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
  The Solo Project Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
  Swissotel, Berlin, Germany
2012 MyWay, Halle-Westphalia, Bielefeld, Germany
2011 Galerie Eikelmann, Düsseldorf, Germany
  Qubique trade fair, Berlin, Germany
2010 Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA, USA
2009 Feminine Soul Hybrids, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin, Germany
  STADTLADEN Berlin, Germany
2008 BEAT. Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2007 BEAT. Galerie, Berlin, Germany
  MENDO, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2006 MENDO, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2005 Gallery Kohinoor, Karlsruhe, Germany
2004 Plattform 45, Hamburg, Germany
  Galerie Bongartz, Hannover, Germany
2003 Showroom Galerie Bongartz, Hannover, Germany
2002 Galerie Eikelmann, Düsseldorf, Germany
  Galerie Eikelmann, Essen, Germany
2001 Paravent-Projekt, Galerie Eikelmann, Düsseldorf, Germany
2000 Campo Tures, Italy

 

Selected Group Shows

2014 Galerie Best, Bielefeld, Germany
2013 EDGE AND SURFACE, Berlin, German
  Portraits, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin, Germany
  Simon Bart Gallery, Porto Cervo, Italy
2012 Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert CA/USA
  Art San Francisco, CA/USA
  LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA/USA
2011 BS-VISITE, Braunschweig, Germany
  LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA/USA
2010 LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA/USA
2008 1 Jahr beat, BEAT.Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2006 SUMMERBEAT 06, BEAT.Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2005 5 Years of MENDO, MENDO, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  GERMAN PAINTERS, Hart Gallery, Palm Desert, CA/USA
2004 SUMMER EXPO, MENDO, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  art Karlsruhe, Rheinstetten, Germany
2003 REPEAT II, Künstlerhaus Bergedorf, Hamburg/D
  BLICK ZURÜCK NACH VORN, Plattform 45, Hamburg/D
  art Karlsruhe, Rheinstetten/D
2002 REPEAT I, Galerie im Turm, Berlin/D
  GERMAN PAINTERS, Hart Gallery, Palm Spring CA/USA
2001 “…BLÜH’ IM GLANZE…“, Galerie Bongartz, Hannover, Germany
  TROJA: TRAUM UND WIRKLICHKEIT, Landesmuseum Braun schweig, Germany
2000 TROJA: TRAUM UND WIRKLICHKEIT, Landesmuseum Bonn, Germany
1999 Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
  1999 GEGEN-STAND-HIGH-TECH, Vienna Art Center, Vienna, Austria
  LAST SUPPER, Galerie Eikelmann, Essen, Germany
  PARAVANT PROJECT, Galerie Eikelmann, Düsseldorf, Germany
1998 NEW YORK NEW YORK, Galerie Arke, Dortmund, Germany
  Galerie Eikelmann, Essen, Germany
  Art Frankfurt, Germany
1996 Tölke, Dehne, Kargar, Thiel, Galerie Hofkunst, Berlin, Germany
  Casus Belli, Kunstfestival am Hafen, Antwerpen, Netherlands
  Galerie Szmycinska und Stolz, Wiesbaden, Germany
  Galerie InterArt, Cologne, Germany
1995 Momento Mori, Galerie Parzifal, Berlin, Germany
  Herrschaft des Schönen, 2.Annuale, Berlin, Germany
  Kargar, Schindler, Thiel, Galerie Parzifal, Berlin, Germany
  Berlin-Moskau, Avantgarde Galerie, Berlin, Germany
  Herrschaft des Schönen, 1.Annuale, Berlin, Germany

 

Public Collections

Berlinische Galerie
Volkswagen Wolfsburg
Manzur Kargar´s work is represented in numerous private collections in Europe and the USA

 

Projects

MOMAK-Project, Worldwide Virtual Museum of Afghan Artists
Göttinnen, Complete wall design of a taircase entrée with 24 oil paintings, private collection, Essen, GErm
Olymp, Interior design of a hotel suite with seven oil paintings on plastered, coloured walls and 40 hand-painted ceramic tiles, Campo Tures, Italy
BEAT. Contemporary Art Gallery, curator, Berlin, Germany
PAIN & PIXELS, photography and painting on industrial banners