Sebastian Hosu b. 1988
Biography

The painting of Sebastian deals with reality – his reality. It also includes his idea of nature, which in turn is an expression of this reality.

He understands nature as a presence in painting, that is archetypal and not illustrative. But what is nature? Something that precedes us and that we belong to? Still? Or is it a long-lost experience, replaced by today’s virtual reality?

Sebastian tries to answer this question not by means of the rational mind, but with painting. In his paintings, memories of a natural presence appear, whereby bodies of people and animals, as well as the landscapes, are soaked with something original – as if the clash of nature and culture had never happened. If we look closely, we can see that the bodies, even if incomplete and fragmented are not distorted or mutilated. They are absorbed by a rushing energy. The bodies become landscape just as the landscape becomes body, in that they mutually nourish each other. As a consequence, the hierarchy between space and figure is abolished.

However, the figure resists.
Thanks to its gravity, it withstands the tendency of nothingness to devour it completely. This heaviness also acquires a physical presence in his paintings: by means of impasto oil paint which creates its own physicality. Sebastian’s canvas size also plays an important role: the physical interaction with the painting is more directly experienced by him at larger formats.

There is no nostalgic looking back to a state before the clash between nature and culture, nor is there any illusion of a healthy world. His painting lives from instability, which, through its restlessness, breaks the hoped-for harmony between the “green meat” and the vastness of landscape, bringing them into a dialectical contradiction.

— From Antonio Pauciulo, Painter

Solo Shows

2019   Leisure Life, Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2019   In the light of a lake [Fluid Projekt], Kunstverein Freunde Aktueller Kunst, Zwickau.

2018   Green Meat, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, (MdbK) Leipzig

2018   Outscape, Josef Filipp Galerie, Leipzig, Germany

2017   Sebastian Hosu « new images » , Josef Filipp Galerie, Leipzig, Germany

2017   tough time , Brennecke Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2017   no 7, with Agnes Lammert in FF15 Gallery, Leipzig, Germany

2016   Creating Realities, with Georg Brückmann in Rutger Brandt Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2016   Menschen-Träume, (artist talk with Misheck Masamvu), KAAD, Bonn, Germany

2015   Natural Selection, Westpol A.I.R. space, Leipzig, Germany

2015   Sun Outside, KAAD, Bonn, Germany

2015   Backstage Painting, Bükü-Galerie, Leipzig, Germany

Selected Shows

2020  See You There, Galerie Eigenheim, Berlin

2020  i’m everyone, i’m everything, Kommunalka, Leipzig, Germany

2019   I‘ll Be Your Mirror, Josef Filipp Galerie, Leipzig, Germany

2019   Body Forms, Galerie Rundgaenger, Frankfurt

2019   WIN WIN, The Purchases of the Kulturstiftung des Freisteetes Sachsen 2019, HALLE 14- Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig, Germany

2019   Friendly Wave, Tête, Berlin, Germany

2018   POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair 2018  with Josef Filipp Galerie Booth C15, Berlin, Germany

2018   25. Leipziger – Jahresausstellung – SILBER, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei Werkschauhalle / Halle 12 Leipzig, Germany

2018   Das ganze Programm, Josef Filipp Galerie, Leipzig, Germany

2018   MashUp V , Galerie Ghosh, Leipzig, Germany

2017   PAN Amsterdam Art Fair, Represented by Rutger Brandt Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2017   Positions Berlin Art Fair, Represented by Brennecke Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2017   tough time, Brennecke Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2017   innere notwendigkeit, MNEM SYNE Atelier Galerie, Leipzig, Germany

2017   Paper Positions, Art Fair Berlin, during Gallery Weekend, presented by Rutger Brandt Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2017   Art Paris Art Fair,  presented by Rutger Brandt Gallery, Paris, France

2017   Art Karlsruhe Art Fair, presented by Brennecke Gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany

2016   Ich dachte, Sie wären nur ein armer Schlucker!, Kommunalka, Leipzig, Germany

2016   Amsterdam Drawing, Contemporary Art On Paper, with Rutger Brandt Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2016   PAN Amsterdam Art Fair, Represented by Rutger Brandt Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2016   Creating Realities, Rutger Brandt Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2016   Green Meat, Bipolar Gallery, Leipzig, Germany

2016   Menschen-Träume, (artist talk with Misheck Masamvu), KAAD, Bonn, Germany

2016   Klasse Ottersbach,Bayer-Kultur, Leverkusen, Germany

2015   Sun Outside, KAAD, Bonn, Germany

2015   Natural Selections, Westpol A.I.R. space, Leipzig, Germany

2015   Painting, Triumph-Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2015   Backstage Painting, Bükü-Galerie, Leipzig, Germany

2014   Die Pferde sind tot!, Forum Kunst Rottweil, Germany

2014   Galerie de Wégimont, Liége, Belgium

2013   Drawing protest, GFZK « Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst », Leipzig, Germany

2012   G.U.E.S.T.S.3, Brussels, Belgium

2012   Paintball, Dubois Friedland Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2011    Plurality, Académie Royale des Beaux-arts, Liege, Belgium

Awards

2019   The Elisabeth Greenshields Award, Canada

2017   The Elisabeth Greenshields Award, Canada

2015    1st Prize  10. Kunstpreis Wesseling, Germany

2015    1st Prize  ArtWalk, Leipzig, Germany

2014 – 2016   KAAD Stipendium, Germany

2012   The Elisabeth Greenshields Award, Canada

2012    Price Horlait, Brussels, Belgium

2012    Finalist Herelbeke Prijs Beeldende Kunsten, Belgium

2006   1st Prize Drawing on ecology, Satu Mare, Romania

2006   Mention in the National Painting Olympiad [Competition], Timisoara, Romania