Christopher Winter

Christopher Winter incorporates themes of sexual fantasy, pre-industrial or so-called “primitive” cultures, and sheer imagination producing fantastical, humorous, and oftentimes provocative figurative paintings.



Channeling the spectral visions of legendary artists such as Durer, Kippenberger, and Picasso, Christopher Winter creates hallucinatory landscapes, peopled by strangely sinister looking children. Winter’s work is as peculiarly particular as it is universal, exploring the complicitious nature of art, creativity, madness, and death.

Born in 1968 in Kent, England, Christopher Winter lives and works in Berlin. He received a BA with Honors from Camberwell School of Art in London and completed his post graduate work at Düsseldorf Kunstakademie. An artist in residence of the city of Mannheim, Germany in 1993 and 1994, his work has been featured in solo and group shows throughout Europe and New York. His recent curatorial debut, Cover-Up, opened at Tape Modern Berlin featuring artists like Olaf Breuning, Leigh Bowery, Thorsten Brinkmann and Assume Vivid Astro Focus. The Reiss Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim has selected his work to be the inaugural solo exhibition "Wildlife" in their new annex opening this fall. He is a founding member of the artist collective Group X.

"Winter’s pictures may be as entertaining as a Hollywood movie, but they are also existentially powerful" - Donald Kuspit.

Curriculum Vitae

    Born 1968, Kent, United Kingdom
    Lives and works in Berlin
    Christopher Winter is a member of the artists group Special X founded in 2004
    1996 - 1998 Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf, DE
    under Professor Fritz Schwegler
    1987 - 1990 Camberwell School of Art, London, UK
    1986 - 1987 Hastings College of Arts Hastings, UK
    2015 Virtual Being, Garis & Hahn, New York
             In Search of Lost Time, Lehr Zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin
             Holy & Ghost, Church of St. Eduard, Berlin
    2014 Refecting Realities, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami
             2Q14 Speculative Realism, Lehr Zeitgnössische Kunst, Berlin
             Telling Tales, Bridport Art Centre, Bridport, UK
             Double Vision, Galerie Lichtpunkt / Anbacher Contemporary, Munich
    2013 2Q13 Speculative Realism, Lehr Zeitgnössische Kunst, Cologne
    2012 Unnatural History, Edelman Arts, New York
    2011 Weird Science, Lehr Zeitgenõssische Kunst, Cologne, DE
    2011 Shooting Artists with Fabien Verschaere, La Pagode, Paris. FR
    2010 Wild Life, Reiss Engelhorn Museum, REM, Mannheim, DE
    2010 Evolution, In Process Show, Edelman Arts & Traffic Arts Space, New York, NY
    2010 Black Ghosts, Galerie Nord Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin, DE
    2010 Pablo Picasso Zwischen Arena und Arkadien, Performance Channelling
    2010 Picasso, Städtisches Museum, Albstadt, DE
    2009 Tales of Trust, Lehr Zeitgnõssische Kunst, Cologne, DE
    2009 Postcards from The Edge, Malkasten, Düsseldorf, DE
    2008 Spook-a-Rama, Edelman Arts, New York, NY
    2008 Big Small Works, Edelman Arts, New York, NY
    2007 Hitzefrei, Drive Thru Gallery, Aschersleben Project, Aschersleben, DE
    2007 Songs of Innocence, Neuhoff Edelman Gallery, New York, NY
    2006 Virgin Forest, Salander O'Reilly Gallery & Edelman Arts, New York, NY
    2006 My Ambition to Get High...Videos, Kino International, Berlin, DE
    2005 If Things Get Real, Galerie Jaspers, Munich, DE
    2004 Passion, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Cologne, DE
    2004 Things to Come, Basilika von St.Bonifaz, Munich, DE
    2003 Innocent Spaces, Artax, Düsseldorf, DE
    2003 Heimat, Forum in Dominikanerkloster, Frankfurt, DE
    2002 Bavarian Heaven, Wilhelm-Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, DE
    2002 Winterwonderland, Oberwelt, Stuttgart, DE
    2001 Amazing Stories, Enders Projects, Frankfurt, DE
    2000 Holiday, Galerie Neue Kunst, Mannheim, DE
    1999 Kindergarten, Enders Projects, Frankfurt, DE
    1999 Bavarian Bus Tour Massacre, Onomato, DE
    1999 Video Archive, Düsseldorf, DE
    1999 Alien Sex Invaders, Raum X, Düsseldorf, DE
    1998 Buzz, Altes Tabakkontor, Mannheim, DE
    1995 Witness, Academia, Mannheim, DE
    1994 Ice Houses, Galerie Säule, Mannheim, DE
    1993 Illuminations, Städtisches Reiss-Museum, Mannheim, DE
    2012 Slogans with Documentale 14, Forelle, Berlin
    2010 Tape No.11 Curated by Anna Erickson, Tape Modern, Berlin
    2005 The Manifesto Show, Special X, Fleisch, Berlin, DE
    2005 The Gothic Corner, Special X, Glue, Berlin, DE
2004 We Love Art, Special X, Knstbüro, Düsseldorf, DE
    2015 Gib mir das Sommerloch, with Douglas Gordon and Martin Kippenberger Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery, Berlin
             Unfamiliar, Millerntor Gallery, St. Pauli Football Stadium, Hamburg
    2013 Lugengeshichte, Kit Schulte Contemporary Art, Berlin
    2012 St. Sebastian Group Show, Edelman Arts, New York, NY
    2012 Facets of Figuration, (Art) Amalgamated, New York, NY
    2011 Peep Show, curated and exhibited, Tape Modern, Berlin, DE
    2011 On View, Edelman Arts, New York, NY
    2011 Summer Nights Dream, Roemer9, Frankfurt, DE
    2011 The Magic Sexy Templeloch of Wonderspirit, Wonderloch Kellerland, Berlin, DE
    2010 Cover-Up Curated and exhibited, 19 artists (Olaf Breuning, Thosten Brinkmann, Leigh Bowery) Tape Modern, Berlin, DE
    2010 Drucksachen, Lehr Zeitgenõssiche Kunst, Cologne, DE
    2010 Film Winter, Film Festival Mixed-Media, H7 Raumaufzeit, Stuttgart, DE
    2010 No.13, Tape Modern, Berlin, DE
    2007 Summer, Neuhoff Edelman Gallery, New York, NY
    2006 Surrealism: Then & Now, Paul Kasmin Gallery & Edelman Arts, Inc., New York, NY
    2006 Winter Show, Galerie Gmurzynska, St. Moritz
    2006 Trees, Salander O'Reilly, New York, NY
    2005 Origins and Nations, Galerie Nord Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin, DE
    2005 Me, myself and I, Gutleut 15, Frankfurt, DE
    2003 Small Formats, Galerie Neue kunst, Mannheim, DE
    2002 Der Berg, Heidelberg Kunstverein, Heidelberg, DE
    2002 Saar Ferngas Fõrderpreis,Wilhelm-Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, DE
    2002 Event Horizon, Lothringer13, Munich, DE
    2001 Filmbar, Video Programm, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, DE
    2001 Sommeraustellung, Galerie Neue Kunst, Mannheim, DE
    2001 Miscellaneous, Enders Projects, Frankfurt, DE
    2001 Action Disco, Plus, Düsseldorf, DE
    2001 Videoprogramm, Projektraum, Berlin, DE
    1999 Videoprogramm, Voges und Deisen, Frankfurt
    1999 une légende à suivre...., le Crédac, Centre d'art d'Ivry, Paris, FR
    1999  Networking, P-House Gallery, Tokyo, JP
    1999 Fliegen er öffnet, Städtische Galerie, Moers, DE
    1998 Dessins, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, FR
    1998 Terminal, Musashino Art University, Tokyo, JP
    1998 From Here, High Street Project, Christchurch, NZ
    1998 toi toi toi, Die Werkstatt, Düsseldorf, DE
    1997 Picture Stories, Victoria Miro, London, UK
    1997 003 Blondes (Too Young To Die), Gasworks, London, UK
    1997 Too Young To Die, kj Galerie, Cologne, DE
    1992 Chlorine, Second show with Bank, Marshall Street Baths, Soho, London, UK
    1991 Bank Show, First show with Bank,The Bank, Lewisham Way, London, UK

Selected Press

Christopher Winter Painting on the Cover of Dan's Papers
Dan's Papers
October 19, 2012

Christopher Winter Painting Featured in New York Times
The New York Times
October ,8 2012

Peep Show: Christopher Winter
by Christo
June 8, 2011

Past Exhibitions

Christopher Winter: Unnatural History
May 5 - June 30, 2012

Christopher Winter: Evolution
Septmber 7 - October 30, 2010

Christopher Winter: Spook-a-rama
October 30 - December 6, 2008

Christopher Winter: Songs of Innocence
May 4 - June 9, 2007

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