Tobias Lehner


Breaking away from the Leipzig tradition of figurative painting, Lehner creates abstract landscapes that start with music as a point of reference.Music is an important influence on the artist and Lehner draws parallels between the composition of an audio space to that of a two dimensional. He understands the surface of a painting to be a free flowing organisation of space, and as a riverbed flows through dense urban areas, we find that he has created familiar stylistic motifs that link, to create complex and visually tense compositions.These motifs range from pure abstraction to rigid geometry and quotes from art history. The paintings can be characterised by the strong visual contrast between these motifs and how they connect uncomfortably with the surrounding blank spaces that lie on the surface.
Lehner’s tense landscapes reflect the visual world whereby one has to imagine and construct the figures as protagonists because his paintings are defined by a distinct understanding of the abstract and how such a world, seemingly smooth on the surface operates against the saturation of optical information.

  • 1974 born in Regensburg
    1998-2003 Studies of painting at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig in the class of Prof. Sighard Gille
    2003-2005 Master Studies at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, Prof. Sighard Gille
    lives and works in Leipzig

Solo shows

  • 2016 Refraction, Kunstverein Aichach
  • 2015 Mikro Makro, Bühlers, Fürth (Germany)
    2014 Triplex, Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
    2013 VERTIGO, Art association Bamberg
    Unintended consequences, Gallery Baton, Seoul, Korea
    Gyration, UNION Gallery, London
    2011 Friktion, Galeria SCQ, Santiago de Compostella
    2010 Radiation, Art association Ravensburg
    Perihel, Union Gallery, London
    2009 Anthrax, Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
    1234YF, Gallery Susann Tarasieve, Paris
    60/40/20, Art of Leipzig since 1949, Museum of Visual Art, Leipzig
    2008 New Leipzig School, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen (Netherlands)
    GRIMME FINE ART, Amsterdam
    2007 Chromatic, Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
    2006 Leipzig select, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, Texas
    story and structure, Marella Gallery, Mailand
    Gallery Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris
    Union Gallery, London
    2005 Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
    2004 Paintings, Union Gallery, London
    2003 Laden für Nichts, Leipzig
    2001 Laden für Nichts, Leipzig

Group shows

  • 2016 Paradoxes of the Ivory Tower, Oliva Greative Factory, S. Joao da Madeira (Portugal)
  • Immer und Ewig. 23th Leipziger Jahresausstellung, Westwerk Leipzig
  • 2015 La Coleccion, Centro Centro, Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid
    Leipzig 2015. Collection Hildebrand, G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig
    German Cool, Salsali Private Museum, Dubai
    2014 Konstruktives Widersprechen, Sammlung Klein, Eberdingen-Nussdorf
    2013 Without title: abstract - concrete - constructive, Sparkasse Leipzig art exhibition hall, Leipzig
    2012 Leipzig Art Panorama, Seongnam Art Center, South Corea
    Triangel, Gallery of contemporary, Karlsruhe
    2011 Focus/Abstraktion, ESSL Museum, Wien
    2010 New Paintings, Grimm Fine Art, Amsterdam
    Viermaleins, Kunstgalerie Fürth
    2009 60/40/20. Kunst in Leipzig seit 1949, Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig
    2008 Drawcula, Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
    New Leipzig School, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen
    2006 Leipzig select, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston
    Story and structure, Marella Gallery, Milan
    Artists from Leipzig, Arario Gallery, Peking
    Made in Leipzig, Essl Collection, Kunst der Gegenwart, Vienna
    2005 Malerei, Produzentengalerie, Hamburg
    Ohne Zögern, Die Sammlung Olbricht Teil 2, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen
    Rainbow, Gallery sfeir semler, Beirut, Lebanon
    Forbilder, Art association Jena
    Cold Hearts, Arario Gallery, Seoul/South Korea
    2004 Eastory, Gallery Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris
    Plaza Suite, Union, London
    Clara-Park, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
    Alles muss raus!, B2, Leipzig
    2003 Kunststudenten stellen aus, Art and exhibition hall, Bonn
    Emerging Artists 08, Gallery Kleindienst
    Subversive, sexy and stylish, Wewerka Gallery, Berlin


  • 2007 Tobias Lehner (catalog), Kerber Verlag
    Made in Leipzig (catalog), Essl Collection, Schloss Hartenfels, Torgau
    2006 First open, New York, Christies
    2005 Tobias Lehner - Painting (catalog), Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
    Most wanted (catalog), Olbricht Collection
    Cold hearts (catalog), Arario, Seoul (South Korea)
  • Tobias Lehner (catalog), Matthias Kleindienst, Suzanne Tarsiéve / Jari Lager
  • 2004 Coomer, Time Out, London, 02/2004