The gradual disintegration of a given order is best observed from a distance. Norbert Bisky’s astute analyses of changing social conditions often point to the crumbling of modern myths and how easily certainties are overthrown by unforeseeable events.
Since the late 1990s, Bisky's often large-format canvases have attracted international attention, as his work refuses any discourse and draws on very different art historical sources. Thematically, his paintings often revolve around sexuality, disaster scenarios, and destruction. Fragments of human bodies and figurative elements dissolve abruptly into abstract surfaces and forms, soft pastel tones meet strong, intense colors. Norbert Bisky's paintings are characterized by a very special presence and dynamism. His watercolors, on the other hand, seem playful, put to paper with a light hand and clear colors. Often groups of male nudes can be seen in front of abstract forms, which allow associations with the beach and the sea. By integrating the white pictorial space, the works, some of which are very small in format, create an impression of great lightness. The individual figures are not worked out in detail, but sketched in a virtuoso gesture. Norbert Bisky masters the media of his choice in an excellent manner, creating a strong narrative association through the great precision and despite the immediacy of the color application, which is unparalleled in its brilliance and mastery.
Norbert Bisky (b. Leipzig, 1970) studied painting at the Berlin University of the Arts, where Georg Baselitz was his teacher, from 1994 until 1999. He was a visiting professor at HEAD, the Academy of Fine Arts of Geneva, from 2008 until 2010. In 2015, a three-month studio residency brought Bisky to Tel Aviv. From 2016 until 2018, he was a professor at the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK). Bisky lives and works in Berlin and Málaga.