Thomas Schönauer

lives and works in Düsseldorf

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Next to a few large-scale sculptures made of stainless steel, Thomas Schönauer’s work focusses on painting, characterized by his intensive techno-scientifical researches.

For his relief-like, three-dimensional „Computer Tomography Paintings“, the artist mixes and applies epoxy resin with quartz sand and concentrated high-quality pigments on steel plates, therefore creating expressive colour-landscapes. The painting of the future.

Generally one can say, that Thomas Schönauer's work is based on his distinct interest in philosophy and natural scientific research.

Many of his sculptures deal with fundamental philosophic topics and have been and are on the edge of technically realizable in order to suggest lightness although they are made out of steel/stainless steel and are pretty heavy indeed.

Therefore he collaborates a lot with engineers and technicians. Just recently he signed a collaboration contract of exclusivity with the RWTH Aachen, a german elite technical university. The purpose is the development of textile structured concrete sculptures, a completely new universe in the world of sculpture.


Biography

1953
born in Düsseldorf
1974-78 Studies of German Philology, Romance Studies and Philosophy in Düsseldorf
1975-78 Assistant in sculpture studio Friedrich Werthmann, Düsseldorf
1977 Studies at Manitoba-Institute of Design, Winnipeg, Canada
2012 Outstanding member of the BDA (Bund Deutscher Architekten - Federation of German Architects)
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Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2014
Neue Galerie im Kulturhaus Beda, Bitburg (G)
2013 Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (S)
IGS (Internationale Gartenschau), Hamburg (G)
Galleria Plurima, Udine, Italy (G)
Galerie Freitag 18.30, Aachen (S)
2012 Skulpturentriennale Bad RagARTz, Switzerland (G)
Galerie Schwenk, Dortmund (S)
Ostrale ´12, Ostragehege, Dresden (G)
Münsterlandmuseum Burg Vischering, Coesfeld (S)
2011 Merck Finck & Co., Düsseldorf (S)
Galerie Freitag 18.30, Aachen (S)
Ostrale ´11, Ostragehege, Dresden (G)
Galleria Plurima, Udine, Italy (G)
2009 Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro (G)
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Salvador do Bahia, Sao Paulo (G)
Museum Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba (G)
Galleria Plurima, Udine, Italy (S)
Galerie Freitag 18.30, Aachen (S)
Galerie LS, Nürnberg (S)
2008 Galerie Noack, Mönchengladbach (S)
Wiesbadener Kunstsommer, Wiesbaden (G)
2007 Villa Heusgen, Krefeld (S)
Château de Jehay, Belgium (G)
2006 Galerie Winter, Wiesbaden (S)
2005 Galleria Plurima, Udine, Italy (S)
2003 APC Galerie, Feiburg, Switzerland (S)
1999 Galerie Baumgarte, Bielefeld (S)
1995 Museu de Belas Artes, Sao Paulo (S)
1990 Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (S)


Selected Public and Private Collections

Selected works in public spaces:

  • Purple Sky, 2011, Neus
  • Rigistones, 2010, Weggis, Switzerland
  • Quartis, 2008, Quartis les Halles, Düsseldorf
  • Tratlas, 2008, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
  • Batlas II, 2006, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf
  • Millstone, 2006, Volksbank Sulingen
  • Seven Pillars, 2006, SAS Radisson Media Harbour Hotel, Düsseldorf (with Michael Burges)
  • Das runde Rechteck, 2004, Foyer Rhenus Logistics, Holzwickede, Dortmund
  • Check In, 2004, Rheumazentrum Ruhrgebiet, Herne
  • Excentric Dynamic, 2002, Foyer Deutsche Bahn AG, Sony Center, Berlin

Further collections:

  • RWW Betriebszentrum Mülheim an der Ruhr
  • Aquarius-Wassermuseum, Mülheim an der Ruhr
  • Haus Ripshorst, Oberhausen
  • Wohnungsbau Aktiengesellschaft Duisburg
  • BBDO Group Düsseldorf
  • Middelburg, The Netherlands
  • Union Investmentbank, Frankfurt on the Main
  • Pneumant Reifen GmbH, Fürstenwalde
  • Intershop Communications AG, Jena
  • Städtische Wirtschaftsschule Ansbach
  • CSB.System AG, Geilenkirchen
  • Schattdecor GmbH & CO. KG, Thansau
  • Preussag AG, Hannover
  • Kohtes Klewes, Munich
  • Stadtwerke Düsseldorf
  • Landtag NRW
  • DaimlerChrysler AG
  • Staatskanzlei NRW, Düsseldorf
  • Escola de Arte Visuais Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro
  • Deutsche Renault AG
  • Interconsilium

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