Johann Brandstetter

Johann Brandstetter was born in Germany in 1959. He lives and works between his travels and the studio in Neuötting, bavaria.

Painter, draftsman, illustrator, I design my “life’s works” using both classic and new techniques and thus create complex worlds of images. With my art, I call for a new look at ecological systems and the role that humans play in them. By exploring the boundaries between art and science, I ask myself the question of the meaning of art as a process of observing nature. My ideas arise on trips and excursions, “plein air” so to speak, from viewing and deepening in what is actually natural. I record my “material” from these observations and experiences in sketches and notes in travel diaries. The actual creative process, the transfer into an image composition as its own painterly language, ultimately takes place in the studio. I don‘t just stick to exact observation of nature, it‘s just part of the artistic work process. Rather, my aim is to make the highly complex processes and symbioses of nature visually understandable. For me it‘s about the essentials in the literal sense and so I take the viewer with me on my journey.

 

Exhibitions:

 

2024
ARTOUI Concept Gallery, München, November 1  2023 to March 1  2024, theme: “Regenwälder”
Solo exhibition

2023
Museum Haus Löwenberg, Gengenbach near Strassbourg,
April 4 to November 5  2023, theme: „Schmetterlinge - Hochstapler, Trunkenbolde, Schnüffler…“, joint exhibition with Johann Brandstetter and Ingo Arndt

2022
Bürgerzentrum Burgkirchen, May 24 to June 6  2023, theme: „Regenwälder“ solo exhibition

2021
LIBe – Literaturhaus Berlin – „Festival der Kooperationen“ - “Der Elefant im Dunkeln”
September 1 to 16  2023, Gastgeber: Alexander Kluge & Friends
Joint exhibition with Johann Brandstetter, Reynold Reynolds, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Thiede, Hannelore Hoger and others

2020
Collection de la Praye‘ – art moderne & contemporain, Fareins/ Lyon, September 1 to December 1  2020
Johann Brandstetter as main acteur with Jean Jaques Pigeon, Akira Inumaru, Dider Hamey and others

2020
Hessisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Natur, Wiesbaden, May 1  2020 to May 1  2021, theme: „On the Trail of Butterflies“.
Large solo exhibition

2019
Museum Mensch und Natur, Nymphenburg Palace: April 12 to September 9  2019
theme: „Dragonflies – Life between two worlds“ joint exhibition with Dr. Ferry Böhme

2019
Modern Studio Freising e. V. (Altes Gefängnis Freising): September 20 to October 6  2019 „NATURKUNDEN“ – panel works by
Johann Brandstetter, Korbinian Aigner, Pauline Altmann, and Judith Schalansky

2019
Europäisches Künstlerhaus Oberbayern – Schafhof Freising, October 5 to December 1  2019, theme: „Nature / Life # Cycles.“
International joint exhibition with Johann Brandstetter, Terike Haapoja, Oron Catts, Erich Berger et al.

2018
Jagd und Fischerei Museum, München: March 1 to May 31  2018, theme: „Tracing Nature with a Fine Line“.
Solo exhibition

2018
Kloster Ettal – Mythos Bayern “Wälder, Berge & Königstraum”,
May 3 to November 4  2018, Bavarian State Exhibition/Community Exhibition
130 000 visitors

2018
Forum Botanical Art in Thüngersheim am Main: May 19 to July 20  2018, Selected for the international exhibition series FLORAS NEUE MEISTER: Mandrake and Checkerboard Flower Theme: Botanical Art Worldwide – The German-Austrian Contribution

2017
Gasteig, 58. Literatur Fest, München: November 15 to December 2  2017, theme: „Symbioses – the amazing coexistence in nature“

2017
Galerie Chybulski, Ville de Jarnioux Lyon: September 8 to November 20  2017, theme: „Rats“ Fabrice Minel Special guests:
Johann Brandstetter / Benjamin Flao / Zwy Milshtein

2016/ 2017
Haus der Natur, Salzburg: October 14  2016 to September 4  2017,
theme: „Symbioses – the fine art of nature illustration“, Solo exhibition

 

 

Awards:

 

Nominated by Bild der Wissenschaft
"Science Book of the Year 2023" in the aesthetics category for the book
“Miteinander, das verborgene Zusammenleben in unserer heimischen Tier- und Pflanzenwelt” / Publisher: Haupt Verlag, Bern

rbb Kultur, Berlin - Award from Buch Markt Deutschland
"Non-fiction book of the month September 2021" for the book
"Regenwälder, ihre bedrohte Schönheit und wie wir sie noch retten können"
Publisher: Aufbau Verlag, Berlin

Award from Bild der Wissenschaft Germany
"Science book of the year 2017 in the category aesthetics" for the book "Symbiosen, das erstaunliche Miteinander in der Natur" / Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin, Nominated for the Austrian Science Prize 2018
"Symbioses, the amazing togetherness in nature" / Publisher: Matthes & Seitz, Berlin

Nominated for the Austrian Science Prize 2017
“Evolution, eine kurze Geschichte von Mensch und Natur”/ Publisher: Hanser, München

Lürzers Archive - Competition 2018/2019 “200 Best Illustrators Worldwide”

Lürzers Archive - Competition 2016/2017 “200 Best Illustrators Worldwide”

Lürzers Archive - Competition 2014/2015 “200 Best Illustrators Worldwide”

cresta international advertising award New York + Cannes Lions Award 2008
"Experience how it really was" - illustrated advertising posters for the State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart / Agency: Scholz und Friends, Berlin

Book Prize - German Academy for Children's and Youth Literature 2012
"Aha! Wetter" / Publisher: Ravensburger Verlag, Ravensburg

Book Prize - German Academy for Children´s and Youth Literature 2002
“Das visuelle Lexikon der Umwelt” / Publisher: Gerstenberg Verlag, Hildesheim

 


References:

AKG Archiv für Kunst und Geschichte Berlin/Paris/London, Haupt Verlag Bern, Bundesministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten, Magellan Verlag, oekom Verlag München, Aufbau Verlag Berlin, Hanser Verlag München, Hessisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Natur Wiesbaden, Cafe Botanika Freising, Haus der Natur Salzburg, Okapia Bildarchiv Frankfurt, AND Publishing Ltd. Taiwan, Food und Farm Zeitschrift, Matthes und Seitz Verlag Berlin, Lindt & Sprüngli International AG CH, Carlsen Verlag Hamburg, Moses Verlag Kempen, Ravensburger Buchverlag, Hercules Business Peking, Schmidt Spiele, DuPont de Nemours, BMW, Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart, GEO, Carlsen Verlag, Clarin, Die Zeit, Koleen Agency Korea, Diercke Westermann Verlag Braunschweig, Dresdner Bank, Focus, Tessloff Verlag Nürnberg, Gräfe und Unzer Verlag München, Mare Zeitschrift, Mercedes Benz, Nestle, Raiffeisen Volksbank, Türkie is Bankasi Istanbul, Planet Wissen TV, Random House München, Spiegel, Stern, Time Magazine, OMV Deutschland GmbH, Nymphenburg Museum Mensch und Natur, u.v.a.

 

 

 

For more info about artprints and originals contact:
presse@johann-brandstetter.com
++49 8671-20525

studio address
84524 Neuötting, Germany – Bavaria