Opening Jan 26, 18 – 20h

Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman is delighted to host Johannes Kofler’s first solo exhibition.

Johannes Kofler, born 1982 in Sterzing, Italy, attended the Art School Ortisei and studied design at Freie Universtität Bozen, as well as painting with Markus Lüpertz in Bad Reichenhall and from 2014–2016 at Art Academy Düsseldorf in the class of Siegfried Anzinger.

With great perseverance, Johannes Kofler pushes the development of his work, aware of the challenges of being able to make an independent contribution to contemporary painting. “A painting that celebrates life and a life that celebrates painting”. (J.K. 2020) Motifs are provided by the moment and the everyday, the experienced and the often humorous idea, it’s about the how not the what and yet the titles tell a story, which in the most recent pictures (Herbsthimmel, 2022) is already completely handed over to the viewer’s imagination, the pictures go into abstraction. The Italian Transavanguardia, here perhaps especially Ernesto Tatafiore, influence Kofler’s conception of the image, just as much as the highly elaborate pictorial world and painting of a Peter Doig or the colour-form juxtapositions in the painting of Maria Lassnig. Kofler is ambitious in his work, and nearly all works of recent years confirm that the results are worthwhile.