Artist Statement


 As a painter I react very strongly to stimulating external impulses. The many scholarships and artist in residence invitations I have had in the past in different countries, such as in the USA, France, Italy and Spain, Greenland and Thailand have always created new themes in my work related to the respective country – bull fights in Spain, the arks and the eagles in USA, etc. (see also the attached curriculum vitae and the catalogue material).


 The spectrum of my artistic work basically covers two main areas, namely collage and painting in the traditional sense.


 It is the principles of thought and method of work in collage which in the city series (Berlin, New York, Frankfurt, Bangkok, and Tokyo) place the most diverse subject matter and painting vocabularies in new, unfamiliar contexts.  Connected with this is the opportunity to continually acquire new and unexpected aspects to that which is seemingly familiar, as well as enabling unaccustomed ties between the various elements of the picture to emerge.  These themes are documented and published in the enclosed catalogue entitled “Prinzip Collage”.


 My second main focus, landscape painting, is not to be understood in the strict sense of depiction.  Far more, it is a fitting medium for me to find expression for certain areas of my emotional world.


I have worked my way across many archaic landscapes on every continent, such as the volcanoes of New Zealand and Hawaii, the Sahara and the Arctic, both photographically and in paintings.  These themes are documented and published in the enclosed catalogues entitled “Landscape 1985-2005”, ”Rapid eye movement” and “Terra Incognita”.


 


FRANK ROEDEL    Curriculum Vitae 


 


1954 


Born in Weimar


 


1982 – 1988


Studied at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin (Berlin University of Art)


 


1987


Scholarship from the state of Schleswig-Holstein in Rendsburg

1988


Pupil in a master class with Prof. Oppermann

1991


Studio scholarship in Schloß Salzau in Schleswig-Holstein

1991 – 1993 


Karl-Hofer scholarship

1991 – 1997 


Work contracts from the Berlin Senate

1992


Work scholarship in San Sebastian, Spain

1994


International symposium on art and politics, Aspen Institute, Colorado, USA
Studio scholarship from the city of Dinan, France

1995


Work scholarship, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado, USA
International symposium on arts and politics, AspenInstitute, Berlin

1999


Guest scholarship from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Cadenabbia, Italy

2001


Teaching job at the university” Ragamangala Institute of Technology”
Department of Fine Arts, Bangkok, Thailand

2002


Studio scholarship (Artist in Residence Program) of the Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand

2003


As the “Detlev Rohwedder Preis”, the painting “Berlin1” of Frank Rödel was awarded to Vicente Fox, President of the Republic of Mexico, by the German Minister of Economy.

2005


Artistic design of the personal “Buddy-Bear” sculpture of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Horst Köhler, and trip to Tokyo with the president for the signing of the bear sculpture by himself and the Japanese Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi, at the opening of the “Germany in Japan 2005/2006” year in Tokyo.

Work and study stay in the guesthouse of the (OAG) in Kobe, Japan, by invitation of the “German Society of Natural Sciences and Ethnology in East Asia”.

2005


The picture "Eagle V" is presented to US President George W. Bush as the official gift from the German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder on the occasion of his state visit to the USA.

Invitation from Thailand´s Ministry of Culture and the Germany Embassy in Bangkok on the occasion of the “International Art on the Beach Project”, Phuket, Thailand.

2006


Study trip to the “Künstlerhaus am See” (House of Artists) by invitation of the “European Forum Lucerne” and the German Embassy, Lucerne, Switzerland.

2007


“Artist in Residence” studio scholarship, awarded by the Upernarvik Museum,  Upernarvik, Greenland.
Stage design for the Quadriga Prize Awards Ceremony 2007 in the “Komische Oper”, Berlin, and creation of a painting for each of the four prize-winners, amongst them Queen Silvia of Sweden and former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.



The painting entitled “Vision Berlin” is presented as the official gift of the Federal Government to the President of the Republic of Mozambique, Armando Emilio Guebuza, on the occasion of his state visit to Berlin.


Others to the President of Brazil, da Silva Lula, to Beatrix of the Netherlands and the President of Ireland Mary Patricia McAleese


 


2009


Scholarship from the „Fundación Valparaíso“, Spain 


“Artist in Residence” studio scholarship, awarded by the “Bear Art Center”, Iceland


 


2010


“Artist in Residence” studio scholarship, awarded SAMBAND ÍSLENSKRA MYNDLISTARMANNA  SÍM”, Reykjavik, Iceland


„Breakthrough Art Project“, Exhibitions and  symposiums on “Twenty Years After German Unification“   Nashville, Aspen, Washington DC, San Antonio und Chicago, USA


 


2010/11


11-weeks antarctic expedition as an"Artist in Residence" with the research icebreaker "Polarstern" of the "Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar Research"


 


2011        


Studio scholarship, awarded by the „Goetheinstitut Georgien“ in Alvani, Georgia                


Award Winnerof the 5. Tashkent "International Biennale of Contemmporary Art“, Uzbekistan


 


2012


The painting entitled “Kaleidoskop Berlin” is presented as the official gift of the Federal Government to the President of the Republic of Italy, Georgio Napolitano, on the occasion of his state visit to Berlin.


 


2013        


Journey to and work on Isfahan in Iran at the invitation of the Cultural Department 


of  the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran


 


2015        


Documentary about the emergence of the "Isfahan pictures" by the Arab Channel 


"Al Jazeera"


 


2017        


Prize winner of the "Tashkent International Festival of Arts 2017"

  • 2018 Exhibition opening in Weimar by S.E. Ali Majedi, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic Iran ...

  • 2017 Exhibition opening and award ceremony at the "Tashkent International Festival of Decorative ...

  • 2015 Exhibition opening in the "International Club in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs", ...

  • 2014 Opening of my exhibition at the "Tashkent Photo Biennial" in the "National ...

  • 2013 Exhibition opening at the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Berlin. With S.E. Dr. ...

  • 2013 Journey to and work on Isfahan in Iran at the invitation of the Cultural Department of the ...

  • 2012 Opening of my exhibition at the "VI Tashkent Photo Biennial" in the "National ...

  • 2012 Opening of the exhibition and presentation of my book "Terra Incognita" in the ...

  • 2011 Special Award of the "5th Tashkent International Biennale of Contemporary Art", ...

  • 2010/11 10-weeks antarctic expedition as an "Artist in Residence" with the research ...

  • 2009 Opening of the exhibitions in the "Hilton", Berlin, Munich, Düsseldorf and here ...

  • Stage design for the Quadriga Prize Awards Ceremony 2007 in the “Komische Oper”, Berlin, ...

  • 2006/07 Greenland expeditions in the arctic winter and summer

  • 2007 Exhibition opening at „Hyogo Museum of Art“, Kobe, Japan

  • 2005 Launch of the book entitled “Art in the Federal Chancellery” with my work by the Federal ...

  • 2005 „International Art on the Beach Project“, Phuket, Thailand, (from left to right:, Permanent ...

  • 2005 Signing of the “Buddy-Bear” sculpture, designed by Frank Rödel for the President of ...

  • 2005 Exhibition opening in the representation of the state of Brandenburg with the federal government. Bottom ...

  • 2003 Exhibition opening at "National Gallery" Bangkok, Thailand by German ambassador ...

  • 2003 Awarding of the painting "Berlin 1" as "Detlev Rohwedder Award" of "Economic ...

  • 2003 Together with director Curtis L. Carter during the exhibition opening at "Haggerty ...

  • 2003 With Students at "Chiang Mai University", Thailand

  • 2002 Exhibition opening at "German House Gallery", United Nations Plaza, New York, ...

  • 2002 Working on pictures of the "bullfight" series at "Umbrella Making Center" ...

  • 2001 With students during a special teaching post at "Ragamangala Institute of Technology", ...

  • 2000 Exibition opening at "Galerie der Bayerischen Landesbank", Munich (from the left ...

  • 1994 During the "International Symposium of arts and politics" at Aspen Institute, ...

  • 1985 Interested women visiting the studio at "Hochschule der Künste" in Berlin

  • Compulsory course of study in „Real Socialism“ at the end of the 1970s in Bautzen 2 prison ...

  • At very young age with sisters Bettina and Jutta (from the left to the right)