Daniel Hauptmann

Daniel Hauptmann (*1980 Hamburg) lives and works in Berlin. He studied Fine Arts at the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in Hamburg and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in 2016.

Using a combination of everyday objects and construction materials, Daniel Hauptmann creates assemblages that blend tropes from both painting and sculpture. Drawing from the relationship between nature and culture, Hauptmann’s motifs are often elements of anthropocentrically constructed nature, such as leaves, branches and tree trunks. His works oscillate between smooth surfaces with sketched elements, and large-scale collages in which engravings and three-dimensional objects suggest landscapes.

Central to his practice is the hybridity of his own European-East Asian identity and the different cultures he grew up in. His most recent works in wood can be described as monochrome panel paintings and are concerned with differing perspectives on beauty in the Occidental and East Asian histories of painting. While a traditional Western perspective could be summarized as associating beauty with realistic representations of nature, East Asian perspectives often find beauty in smooth surfaces that are perceived as fabulation. In Hauptmann’s oeuvre, the two cultural entities merge to create his own formal and pictorial language.

Daniel Hauptmann has had solo and group exhibitions at Haverkampf Leistenschneider, Berlin; Alice Folker Gallery, Copenhagen; Pfeifen Lenzbach, Düsseldorf and at the Bräuning Gallery in Hamburg.

1980

Born in Hamburg, Germany / geboren in Hamburg

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany / lebt und arbeitet in Berlin

Education / Ausbildung

2016

Master of Fine Arts, HfBK Hamburg

Solo Exhibitions / Einzelausstellungen

2022

TOWN WITH AN OCEAN VIEW, Haverkampf Leistenschneider, Berlin

2020

‘Salz & Pfeffer’, Haverkampf Galerie, Berlin, GER

2019

‘Nampo-dong’, Alice Folker Gallery, Copenhagen, DK

2018

‘Yamasaki‘, Philipp Haverkampf Galerie, Berlin, GER

2017

‘Mushishi‘, 48H, curated by Florian Waldvogel, Hamburg, GER

Group Exhibitions / Gruppenausstellungen

2020

‘Frequency’, curated by Christof Mascher, Philipp von Rosen Galerie, Cologne, GER

‘Christmas Salon’, Alice Folker Gallery, Copenhagen, DK

2017

‘Wenig Licht, kein Wasser’, Philipp Haverkampf Galerie, Berlin, GER

2016

Hiscox Kunstpreis Teilnehmer, HFBK Hamburg, GER

‘Absolventenausstellung’, HFBK Hamburg, GER

2015

‘Ein Stiefel voll Glück’, Pfeifen Lenzbach, Düsseldorf, GER

‘Green’, IDM, Busan, KR

‘Der Wind raucht mit’, Bräuning Galerie, Hamburg, GER

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