ARTIST / Artist
Leif Trenkler (born 1960 in Wiesbaden ) is a German painter.
Trenkler attended the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main from 1984 to 1986, where he returned in 1988 after a year-long visit to the Düsseldorf Art Academy and studied there with Thomas Bayrle and Jörg Immendorff until 1990. From 1990 to 1991 he received a foreign scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation for Italy.
The Cologne painter is one of the first representatives of the “New Figuration” movement of the 1990s in Germany. His paintings are steeped in the discourse of our time, but at the same time seem to be indebted to the pictorial ideas of Romanticism. In his most recent works, Leif Trenkler, who always paints in oil on wood, explores the natural space.
In Trenkler’s work, the encounter between man and landscape is integrated into harmoniously balanced compositions and depicts the longing for harmony and tranquillity in harmony with nature. In their captured and preserved momentariness, the pictures are surrounded by a touch of melancholy and melancholy, due to the knowledge of the unreliability of lasting bliss and the transience and fleetingness of the here and now through the constantly advancing time. Again and again, the contrast between organically grown nature and man-made technical construction is revealed, as can be seen in the architecture and pool landscapes of the chic glass bungalows and their well-off, appearance-conscious residents. Nature, perceived as a unity, is contrasted with artificiality in the course of its reclamation by man. Nature is cultivated in parks and avenues, domesticated and staged according to plans.
Leif Trenkler lives and works in Cologne.
Untitled 2023 Oil on wood 100 x 200 cm