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CURRICULUM VITAE


BORN

January 6, 1987, Heppenheim (Bergstraße), Germany

EDUCATION

2015 Goethe-University, Frankfurt a.M., Germany


 

Claudia Kaak is a figurative oil painter based in Germany. She was born in 1987 in Heppenheim, Germany, where she lives and works. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Poets and Artists and the International Guild of Realism. Her work is held in collections nationally and internationally. She has been a finalist for the 13th, 14th and 16th Annual ARC competition. Her work is part of the Lunar Codex Project and she has been awarded by the International Guild of Realism (2019), the Grand Salon (2020) and the American Art Collector (2023).

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2025

'A Hidden Life', WG Gallery, Dordrecht

 

2023             

‘Claudia Kaak‘, Museum of art, Essen

2021             
‘Unvollständig‘. la petite galerie,  Heppenheim (Bergstraße)

2020             

‘Gefühlte Welten. Momente im Sein‘, GOLDROTSCHWARTZ German Arthouse,  Den Haag

2018            

‘Introspektion‘, Gallery Ewa Helena, Hamburg

2017             

‘Ecce homo‘, Gallery pack of patches, Jena

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024

  • 'Stillness', Visionary Art Collective, Brooklyn, New York

  • 'Love', 33 Contemporary, Chicago, Illinois

  • 'Confrontation', 33 Contemporary, Chicago, Illinois

  • 'Conversation', 33 Contemporary, Chicago, Illinois

  • 'Belonging', Visionary Art Collective, Brooklyn, New York

  • 'Artelibre 25 years', Artelibre Gallery, Barcelona

  • 'MiniARTures', WG Gallery, Dordrecht

  • 'Feminism', 33 Contemporary, Chicago, Illinois

 

 

2023

  • IGOR Fall Salon Online Juried Exhibition, International Guild of Realism, Scottsdale, Arizona

  • 'Dream a Little Dream', 33 Contemporary, Chicago, Illinois

  • 'The Almenara Art Prize 2023 Online Exhibition

  • 'Artelibre 25 years', Artelibre Gallery, Barcelona

  • 17th Annual International IGOR Juried Exhibition at the Sugarman - Peterson Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • 'ModPortrait 2022', MEAM - Museo Europeo de Arte Moderno, Barcelona

2022

  • IGOR Fall Salon Online Juried Exhibition, International Guild of Realism, Scottsdale, Arizona

  • 'Painting the Figure Now 2022', Wasau Museum of Contemporary Art, Wasau

  • 'Pandemic', SolArt Gallery, Dublin

  • 'Ophelia', Crucible Gallery

2021

  • 'The Portrait', 33 Contemporary, Chicago, Illinois

  • IGOR Fall Salon Online Exhibition, International Guild of Realism, Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Online Exclusive Exhibition, 'Florals', 33 Contemporary, Chicago, Illinois

  • IGOR Spring Salon Online Exhibition, International Guild of Realism, Scottsdale, Arizona

  • 'International Women's Day 2021 Exhibition', MEAM - Museo Europeo de Arte Moderno, Barcelona

 

2020

  • 30th Miniature Show', Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado

  • Von Helden und anderen Menschen', Galerie Kunstforum im Alten Haus, Seligenstadt

  • 'International Guild of Realism 15th Annual Juried Exhibition', Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC

  • Online Exclusive Exhibition, 'Shelter', 33 Contemporary, Chicago, Illinois

  • 'Shades of Light', RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

  • IGOR Spring Salon Online Exhibition, International Guild of Realism, Scottsdale,                Arizona

  • 'Story Tellers', Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

  • 'Colours', Grand Salon, Villa Berberich, Bad Säckingen

2019

  • ‘International Guild of Realism 14th Annual Juried Exhibition', Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA

  • ‘Go Wild!', Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin and Belfast, Ireland

  • 'Secondary Meanings - Figural Diptychs', Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

  • 'We Believe', RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

  • IGOR Winter Salon Online Exhibition, International Guild of Realism, Scottsdale,

                       Arizona

  • 'Adorn Me', Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

2018

  • 'Figurative Realism', Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

  • 'Women Painting Women | Men Painting Men: Voices with Vision', RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

  • ‘Die Geste', Ludwiggalerie, Schloss Oberhausen

  •  ‘Neue Entdeckungen und etablierte Talente, eine Auswahl', Gallery Ewa Helena in Fabrik der Künste, Hamburg

  • ‘Grand Salon‘, Villa Berberich, Bad Säckingen

2017

  • Women Painting Women: 'A Voice with Vision', RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

  • Summer of art', Levantehaus, Galerie Ewa Helena, Hamburg

  • ‘Grand Salon‘, Villa Berberich, Bad Säckingen

2016

  • ‘Art-Shopping‘, Canne Cc

  •  'Art Innsbruck 2016‘, Gallery Dikmayer Berlin Mitte

  • ‘Art-Shopping‘, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris

  • ‘Media-Art Show‘, Gallery Ewa Helena, Hamburg

 

 

HONORS

 

2023 

  • Lunar Codex Project

  • American Art Collector Editor's Choice Award, International Guild of Realism

  • Top 100 Artist, International FiKVA Award 2023

2022             

  • Finalist, 2022, 16th International ARC Salon, Art Renewal Center

  • Top 150 Artist, International FiKVA Award 2022

2021             

  • Preselected,  'Figurativas 2021', MEAM

2020             

  • Visitor's prize, Grand Salon 2020, 'Colours'

2019              

  • Finalist, 2019, 14th International ARC Salon, Art  Renewal Center            

  • Best Portrait Award, International Guild of Realism

2018               

  • Best of The Guide Artists 2018

  • Finalist, 2018, 13th International ARC Salon, Art Renewal Center

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Portrait Society of America

  • International Guild of Realism, International group

  • Poets and Artists, International group

PRESS

2023 

  • American Art Collector: issue 216 / October 2023

  • Poets and Artists: PoetsArtists Summer 2023 - issue / June 2023

2022              

  • Poets and Artists: Painting: The Figure Now 2022- issue / June 2022

  • Poets and Artists: Pandemic - issue / May 2022

  • American Art Collector - March issue 2022

2021 

  • GOSS183: Shelter / Windrift Books (2021) - IM1, GM1

2020

  • Realism Today: Breaking Taboos / September 22, 2020

  • GOSS183: Storytellers - PM1, GM1

2019    

         

  • GOSS183: Issue 107 / October2019

  • American Art Collector - October issue 2019

  • 14th International ARC Salon Catalog - issue 14 / 2019

  • Poets and Artists: Variety Issue - issue 105 / July 2019

  • Revista Ophelia: Entrevistas de collección - issue 3 / Mai 2019

  • Poets and Artists: Secondary Meanings - Figural Diptychs  - issue 102 / April 2019

  • Poets and Artists: Adorn Me - issue 101 / February 2019

2018              

  • Poets and Artists: Figurative Realism - issue 100 / December 2018

  • Zeitzeichen - 12/2018: Bestattungskultur - Gesten der Trauer

  • Buffalo Queen Press: Vol. 1 - issue 1 / August 2018

  • Poets and Artists: Eros Gaze - issue 93 / May 2018

  • 13th International ARC Salon Catalog - issue 13 / May 2018

  • Poets and Artists: 10th Anniversary Issue - Oranges & Sardines - issue 92 / March 2018

  • The Guide Artists - issue 12 / February 2018

2017             

  • Tango - Das Lifestyle & People Magazin / August 2017

  • Poets and Artists: Kloosterboer on Kaak - Claudia Kaak's Quest for Inner Peace               

  • MilionArt Kaleidoscope - 2.17: Independence - Tradition, Erbe oder Autonomie?

PUBLICATIONS

Guia LEONARDO 2024.

ModPortrait 2023 Special Edition Catalog

Artlibre Arte y Libertad XVI Yearbook, 2021.

ModPortrait 2020 Special Edition Catalog.

Artlibre Arte y Libertad XV Yearbook, 2020.

Vogt, Christine: DIE GESTE - Kunst zwischen Jubel, Dank und Nachdenklichkeit. Meisterwerke

aus der Sammlung Peter und Irene Ludwig von der Antike über Albrecht Dürer bis Roy Lichtenstein.

Bielefeld: Kerber Verlag, 2018.

Galerie Ewa Helena: Introspektion. Claudia Kaak. Hamburg, 2018.

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Claudia Kaak is a German artist whose powerful and evocative figurative realism oil paintings explore the complexities of human emotion and the fragility of the human psyche. Kaak's work delves deep into the inner turmoil and struggles of the human condition, often depicting individuals contending with emotional disorders. And yet, amidst the chaos, she finds the glimmer of hope, the complete opposite of despair. Her works invite the viewer to reflect on the dichotomy of emotions and the resilience of the human spirit. Through her masterful use of oil paint, Kaak captures the depth and intensity of these emotional states, inviting the viewer to confront and contemplate the often tumultuous and tumultuous inner workings of the human mind. Her highly detailed and lifelike paintings create a profound sense of empathy and understanding for those impacted by emotional disorders, making her art both visually stunning and emotionally impactful. Her works invite the viewer to reflect on the dichotomy of emotions and the resilience of the human spirit.

Copyright by Claudia Kaak. All rights reserved

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