Brief biographical notes


1951 Born in Munich, Germany

1967-69 Studies at the School of Art and Design, Munich

1969-75 Studies at the Academy of Fine Art, Munich

1973 Trip to New York

Since 1974, numerous solo and group exhibitions at art galleries.

1975-76 Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange, Paris. Regular trips to the Côte d’Azur

1980 Scholarship at the Villa Romana, Florence

1981 Initiator and organiser of the exhibition ‘Rundschau Deutschland’ (presenting the works of Adamski, Bömmels, Dokoupil, Fetting, Kippenberger, les Oehlen, Schultze,Szczesny and Zimmer) in Munich and in Cologne where he moves his studio.

1982-83 Prix de Rome and scholarship at the Villa Massimo, Rome. Numerous trips to Italy and particularly to Sicily, exhibits in Capri with Bernd Zimmer.

1984-85 Travels to Poland, the United States and Tunisia

1985-88 Publisher of the art magazine ‘Malerei, Painting, Peinture’, an important forum for artists of his generation. Meets the ceramicist Peter Thumm in 1987, the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership. In 1988 during a stay in the south of France, develops a very personal technique of ‘plein air painting’

1990-93 Travels to the Caribbean : Barbados Jamaica, St Lucia and Mustique; start of an important series of paintings on a striped background which will be pursued for numerous years.

1993 Carribean style, Neue Galerie Linz. The important series of portraits (Portraits Dumont Kunsthalle, Cologne and Kunstalle Bremen) dates also from this period as well as the first great projects of Art in Architecture.

1994 New studio in New York

1995-99 Numerous realisations of art projects in architecture as well as important retrospective exhibitions of ceramic vases, vessels and of works created on the Côte d’Azur.

1996 International Senelfelder Prize for printed graphics

1997 Retrospective 1975-1996 Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin
1997 Ceramic Vases and Vessels, Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe
1997 Ceramics, Paintings, Vases Gerhard-Marcks-Haus, Bremen

1998 Pictures of the Côte d’Azur, Kunsthalle in Emden
1998 Museo del Grabado Espanol Contemporaneo, Marbella.

1999 Pictures of the Côte d’Azur, Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Passau
1999 Ceramics and Glass, Ceramic Museum Mettlach
1999 Painting meets Photography, Fondazione Levi, Venice Work on glass in Murano

2000 World Map of Life, 12 gigantic ceramic murals commissioned by by WWF for the Expo 2000 in Hanover

2001 New atelier in St Tropez, and stay in Seville, where he prepares an exhibition at the invitation of the Museum of Seville .
2001 "Painting meets Photography", Städtische Galerie Villa Dessauer, Bamberg .
2001 Szczesny ‘Côte d'Azur’, Beddington Fine Art, Bargemon,Var
2001 "Luxe, Calme, Volupté ou la joie de vivre" La Malmaison, Cannes
2001 Szczesny Artrium, Geneva
2001 "Una fiesta para los ojos" Casa de la Provincia, Seville

2002 Beddington Fine Art in association with Faudon Movies New York,
An Exhibition of works and Première of ‘Szczesny - The Film at the 55th Cannes Film Festival.

2003 Szczesny "A Feast for the Eyes", Gustav Lübcke Museum, Hamm.
2003 "Mediterranée - L'Esthétique du Sud", Salle Jean Despas, St Tropez

2004 "Szczesny, Mustique" Watercolours and Photo-Paintings, Beddington Fine Art, Bargemon, Var
2004 Mediterràneo, Ses Voltes Centro Contemporaneo, Palma de Mallorca.

2005 "Images érotiques", Kunsthalle Mannheim
2005 Camerawork, Berlin

2006 Shadow Sculptures, St Tropez Inauguration of Szczesny Factory Berlin

2007 Manau Island Project, "A dream of an earthly paradise"
2007 Photographs by Szczesny 23rd June to 29th July Villa Aurélienne Fréjus
2007 Le Jardin d'Eden, Sculptures, les Jardins du Grand Hôtel, 45 la Croisette- 06400 Cannes

2008 Shadow sculptures Grimaud
2008 Shadow sculptures Tegernsee
2008 Shadow sculptures Sternberg Lounge Dusseldorf

2009 Caribbean Style Szczesny Factory Berlin
2009 Garden show Rechberghausen
2009 Shadow sculptures at the Biltmore Hotel during Art Basel Miami Beach

2009-2010 Guest of honour of Beddington Fine Art in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the gallery in Bargemon, Paintings in the gallery 16th June-14th August, Shadow sculptures in the gardens till October

Amongst his numerous art in architecture projects :

Hotel Flamberg Hoflössnitz Dresde-Radebeul, Germany
Hotel Voltaire, Potsdam, Germany
Lindencorso, Berlin
Hotel Kempinski, Marbella, Spain
Project "The Living Planet" - World map of life - 12 gigantic frescoes on ceramic for WWF - Expo 2000,
Hanover in collaboration with Villeroy and Boch under the direction of Peter Thumm.
Domaine de Terre Blanche, Côte d’Azur

Stefan Szczesny lives and works in St Tropez and Berlin.

Biographie (French)