Working within the realm of abstract realism, Frank Mädler juxtaposes color, space, and sense of time in his compositions to blur the lines of reality and illusion. His experimentation with traditional technique conjures an ethereal quality to his work that is both alluring and hauntingly beautiful. 

“[…] his pictures arouse emotions without veering into pathos […] He strives to concentrate on something ‘essential’ […] and produces an atmosphere that makes the world outside the camera’s frame appear irrelevant to the spectator.” Katharina Menzel

Born in Torgelow, Germany in 1963, Frank Mädler studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Germany under the direction of renowned photographer, Astrid Klein. In 2004, he won a scholarship to the German Academy in Rome at the Villa Massimo, an esteemed German prize for a visual artist. In 2000, Mädler graduated with his Masters in Fine Art from the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Germany where he lives and works today. His work hangs in public and private collections, including the American Bank Collection, the Antoine de Galbert Foundation in Paris, the Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie in Regenburg, Germany, Altana Kulturforum in Sinclair Haus in Bad Homburg, Germany, and the Leonhardi Museum in Dresden, Germany.

Frank Mädler has been written about by several German curators, scholars and critics, including Martina Padberg (2007), Tanja Dückers (2003, 2006), Charlotte Gutmann (2006), Lily Koshitavshvili (2006), Maximillian Keller (2006), and Katharina Menzel (2003).

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

Frank Mädler, Fragmente der Vernunft, Galerie Susanne Albrecht, Berlin
Frank Mädler, Fotografien und Fotogramme, Art Karlsruhe

Frank Mädler, Glanz, Galerie—Peter—Sillem, Frankfurt am Main
Frank Mädler, Seerosen, Photo Basel
Galerîa Lucîa de La Puente, Lima, Peru

Leonhardi Museum, solo exhibition, Dresden, Germany

Kunstforum Ostdeusche Galerie, Heimat? Osteuropa in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie, Regensberg, Germany

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima, Collection of Jan Mulder, Lima, Peru

Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig. Fotografie seit 1839, Leipzig, Germany

Langen Foundation, An die Natur, Neuss, Germany

Museum Frieder Burda, Natur Baden-Baden, Germany

Altana Kulturforum im Sinclair-Haus, An die Natur II, Bad Homburg, Germany

Altana Kulturforum im Sinclair-Haus, An die Natur, Bad Homburg, Germany
Residenzschloss, Wenn der Sonnentau..., Dresden, Germany

Villa Massimo, Salotto buono: dieci idee a Villa Massimo, Rome, Italy

HGB, Academy of Visual Arts, Masters of Fine Arts Exhibition, Leipzig, Germany

Schrödter House Centre, Schrödter, Leipzig, Germany

Council Chamber of Plettenberg City Hall, Germany

Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts, Photography – Graduates of the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts, Berlin, Germany
HGB, Academy of Visual Arts, Exhibition of Graduates, Leipzig, Germany

Telecom Headquarters, Mädler-Schiemann-Koch, Leipzig, Germany
Point of view, Berlin, Germany

149, 2 kbm, Lindlar, Germany
Goethe-Institut, La Photographie en Saxe, Brussels, Belgium

Solo Gallery Exhibitions (Selection)
Corkin Gallery, Basic Motion, Gold, Shine, Wiesen, Toronto, Canada

Corkin Gallery, Südwest, Toronto, Canada

Corkin Gallery, UT Silber und Polaroid, Toronto, Canada

Galerie J.J. Heckenhauer, Wege, Berlin, Germany

Corkin Gallery, Wege, Toronto, Canada
Corkin Gallery, Eintracht, Toronto, Canada

Corkin Gallery, Winterarbeiten, Toronto, Canada

Jane Corkin Gallery, landeinwärts, Toronto, Canada

Group Gallery Exhibitions (Selection)

Galerie Hübner & Hübner, Tiere (Animals), Frankfurt/M., Germany
Corkin Gallery, Painting with a Camera, Toronto, Canada
Dogenhaus Galerie, Leipzig, Germany

Spinnerei, Werkschau, Leipzig, Germany
Neuer Dresdner Kunstverein, Villa Massimo Memorabilia – Sächsische Künstler in Rom, Dresden, Germany

Corkin Gallery, Winter Show, Toronto, Canada

Museum and Public Collections (Selection)
DZ BANK Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada
Kunstforum Ostdeutsche  Galerie Regensburg, Germany         
La Maison Rouge - Fondation Antoine de Galbert
Mulder Foundation, Lima, Peru
ALTANA Kunstsammlung im Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany
Kupferstichkabinett, Dresden, Germany
Sammlung Deutsche Telekom, Germany
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, Germany
Artist Residencies / Awards (Selection)

Al Lado, Lima, 2017
Villa Massimo Memorabilia – Sächsische Künstler in Rom, Neuer Dresdner Kunstverein, Germany, 2009
“kunstraum syltquelle”, Artist in Residence, Sylt, Germany, 2007
Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, 2007
Wenn der Sonnentau..., Residenzschloss, Dresden, Germany
German Bursary, Massimo Grant, residency at the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo, Italy, 2004
SMWK artist scholarship for travel to Spain, 2003
Annual scholarship for artists from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for post-graduate studies at the Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad Castilla La Mancha, Cuenca, Spain, 1999–2000
Scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (Scholarship Foundation of the German People)

Bibliography (Selection) 

Frank Mädler, Tafelwerk (monograph), D/E, Salzburg (Fotohof Edition) 2016
Frank Mädler, Kopal (monograph), D/E, Salzburg (Fotohof Edition) 2013
Frank Mädler, Eintracht, Rom (Villa Massimo) 2005
Frank Mädler, landeinwärts, Toronto (Jane Corkin Gallery) 2002
Frank Mädler, Winterarbeiten, Dresden (Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Dresden, Leonhardi-Museum) 2002
Frank Mädler, Fotografie, Leipzig (Deutsche Telekom) 1996