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 2007, 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, USA, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, the Antoine de Galbert Foundation in Paris, the Mulder Foundation in Lima, Peru, the Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie in Regenburg, Germany, the DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt, Germany, Art Collection Telekom, Berlin, and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden, Germany.
Frank Mädler has published various monographs and books and has been written about by several curators, scholars and critics, including Martina Padberg, Tanja Dückers, Charlotte Gutmann, Lily Koshitavshvili, Maximillian Keller, Agnes Matthias, and Katharina Menzel.