Christoph Ruckhäberle
1972, Pfaffenhofen, Germany. Lives and works in Leipzig

Christoph Ruckhäberle raids the abandoned reservoir of painting history.
Seemingly known subjects as street scenes, portraits, battle scenes, and interiors emerge in front of the spectators eye, only to fall apart at closer look and to betray his expectations. Although organized and posed in a classical way, the figures and their interactions refuse traditional interpretations. The ensemble gathers to revolt against the painter’s and spectator‘s prejudices. Landscapes, streets, houses and walls become flat theater backdrops, ready to fall over. Far from being only painting about painting and its iconography. Ruckhäberle’s work gives a very subjective, tragic-comical view on human condition.

Selected solo exhibitions: 2002: Kleindienst, Leipzig; LIGA, Berlin.
Selected group exhibitions: 2003: Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen; Sieben mal malerei, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig; 2002: Leipziger Lerchen, Städtische Galerie und Kunstverein Speyer, Leipzig; 5 AUS 11, Liga, Berlin; Junge Kunst aus Leipzig, Kunstverein Sulzfeld, Leipzig; Convoi, Kulturspeicher, Oldenburg; Metallgalerie, Frankfurt; Zweidimensionale, Kunsthalle der Sparkasse, Leipzig; Willkommen in Leipzig, Ausstellungsraum de Ligt Ausstellungshalle Schulstrabe 1A, Frankfurt; Wunschbilder, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig; 2001: Leipziger Maler, Markt Bruckmühl, Leipzig; Arte Saxonia, Kuppelhalle der Dresdner Bank, Leipzig; Junge Lepziger Maler, Binz & Krämer, Köln.

Mode, 2002. Oil on canvas, 140 x 160 cm. Courtesy Liga, Berlin.