Daniel Richter’s paintings explore the turbulent geopolitical conflicts of our time though merging abstraction and representation, transforming visual narratives often drawn from current events appearing in mass media. As he has stated, ‘there was always an aim to use painting as something that is not an esoteric debate but something that is extremely influenced by reality’. His images of refugees in flight, and the brutal violence enacted upon them, are all the more haunting as the figures appear heavily ornamented and abstracted in garish colours—almost hallucinogenic, they are pulled into another realm by their suffering. The dangers and tragedies they experience in their journey, and the mood of impending doom that the forlorn figures convey as they traverse landscapes and face obstructions, evokes a deep empathy towards their humanity.
German artist Daniel Richter (1962, Eutin) lives and works in Berlin and Hamburg. He graduated from Hochschule der Bildenden Künste, Hamburg (1996). His work is in collections including Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn; Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris; Denver Art Museum, Denver; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, Berlin; Kunstmuseum den Haag, The Hague; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk; Museum der Billenden Künste, Leipzig; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main; among others.