Stephan Balkenhol

Stephan Balkenhol was born in 1957 in Fritzlar (Hesse) in Germany. Today he lives and works between Karlsruhe, Germany and Meisenthal, France.

Balkenhol, an internationally renowned German artist who has been concentrating on the human figure for over two decades, began his sculptural process of figurative wood carving in the mid-eighties – as a response to the abstract, minimalist and conceptual approaches of the Hamburg School of Fine Arts where he studied from 1976 to 1982 under Ulrich Rückriem.

In the 1990s he added animals and hybrids, and more recently architecture to his artistic vocabulary. His practice also comprises drawings and photographs.

Since 1992: Professor at Akademie für Bildende Künste, Karslruhe.

Balkenhol has been representing contemporary figures, either as free-standing sculptures or reliefs in wood, of the everyday man or woman in order to strip them of any narrative content and onto which the viewer is able to project his own image.

Selected public collections:

The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, USA
The Los Angeles County Museum, USAMOCA, Los Angeles, USA
The Art Institute of Chicago, USA
The Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt, Germany

The Seattle Art Museum, USA
The Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, USA
Eli Broad Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
Chase Manhattan Art Purchase Program, New York, USA
Johnson County Community College, Kansas, USA
Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, USA
Le CEAAC, Strasbourg, France

Mission Bay Community Center, San Francisco, USA
Pasadena Museum of California Art, Los Angeles, USA

Stephan Balkenhol

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Portrait of a woman (Relief)

    Portrait of a woman (Relief)
    2010
    Wood, acrylic
    60 x 60 x 2 cm

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Big Head (Self-portrait. Relief)

    Big Head (Self-portrait. Relief)
    2010
    Wood, acrylic
    158 x 125 x 12,5 cm

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Portrait of a man (Relief).

    Portrait of a man (Relief).
    2010
    Wood, acrylic
    60 x 60 x 2 cm

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Portrait of a man (Relief)

    Portrait of a man (Relief)
    2010
    Wood, acrylic
    60 x 60 x 2 cm

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Portrait of a man (Relief)

    Portrait of a man (Relief)
    2010
    Wood, acrylic
    60 x 60 x 2 cm

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Portrait of a man (Relief)

    Portrait of a man (Relief)
    2010
    Wood, acrylic
    80 x 60 x 2 cm

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Temple (Relief)

    Temple (Relief)
    2004
    Wood, acrylic
    200 x 198 x 3 cm

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Portrait of a woman (Relief)

    Portrait of a woman (Relief)
    2010
    Wood, acrylic
    60 x 60 x 2 cm

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Portrait of a woman (Relief)

    Portrait of a woman (Relief)
    2010
    Wood, acrylic
    60 x 60 x 2 cm

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Portrait of a woman (Relief)

    Portrait of a woman (Relief)
    2010
    Wood, acrylic
    80 x 60 x 2 cm

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Folding-screen (front side)

    Folding-screen (front side)
    2010
    Wood, acrylic, gold leaf
    240 x 420 x 240 cm

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Folding-screen (back side)

    Folding-screen (back side)
    2010
    Wood, acrylic, gold leaf
    240 x 420 x 240 cm

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Big Head

    Big Head
    2007
    Wood, acrylic
    218 x 70 x 82 cm

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Column figure of a woman

    Column figure of a woman
    2010
    Wood, acrylic
    173 x 32 x 28 cm

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Column figure of a man

    Column figure of a man
    2010
    Wood, acrylic
    173 x 32 x 28 cm

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Column figure of a man

    Column figure of a man
    2010
    Wood, acrylic
    173 x 32 x 28 cm

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Couple

    Couple
    2007
    Wawa-wood, pigment
    170 x 40.5 x 30 cm

    Exhibitions:
    Traditions of Folk art and Naive art in contemporary culture. National Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow: 08 Aug – 02 Sept 2012
    Create Your Own Museum Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow: Jan - Feb 2007

    Catalogues:
    Traditions of Folk art and Naive art in contemporary culture. NCCA, Moscow, 2012. page 17
    Create Your Own Museum, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, 2007. page 65

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Male Portrait

    Male Portrait
    2004
    Wood, acrylic
    140 x 100 x 5 cm

    Exhibitions:
    We can do it! Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow: Jan - May 2005
    Persona Gata. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow: Feb - Apr 2010
    Traditions of Folk and Naive art in contemporary culture. National Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow. 08 Aug 2012 – 02 Sept 2012

    Catalogues:
    We can do it! Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, 2005. page 17
    Traditions of Folk and Naive art in contemporary culture. National Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2012. page 16

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Temple (Relief)

    Temple (Relief)
    2004
    Wood, acrylic
    200 x 198 x 3 cm

    Exhibition:
    Stephan Balkenhol, Gary Tatinstian Gallery, Moscow: Apr - Aug 2010

    Catalogue:
    Stephan Balkenhol. Gary Tatinstian Gallery, Moscow, 2010. pp. 38-39

  • Stephan Balkenhol - Man I

    Man I
    2004
    Wood, pigment
    280 x 60 x 60 cm