Paul Vogeler | June 2022
Paul Vogeler (b.1982 in Ohio, lives and works between New York and Berlin)
Paul Vogeler is a painter, and his subjects are what most of us would deem as dark —to say the least. His practice is best described as the constant materialization of reflecting upon the human experience and mortality: an ongoing search for the physical symbols that reveal an eternal spiritual realm and mirror the feeling of being human. The body of work we present to you is part of a series called For the Love of Existence.
The common thread through all of his work is the expression of the trauma of existence as narrated through the people, objects, symbols, and experiences this life reveals. His raw study of the human body in all its spiritual and decaying nature but also, in its full sexual capacity has been cause for censorship of his work.
Paul believes that art in its highest form, seeks to express our actuality, both the fallen and the divine. For this reason art is so essential: the creation of art by its very nature continually connects our finite bodily forms to an infinite divine Being. He states that both subconsciousness and infinity are dark, and like our lives, are punctuated by moments of light—it is only from darkness that we can perceive its opposite. That is why in his painting he favors darkness over light, realism over abstraction, blackness over white.
Paul was educated in architecture and design before finishing his degree in fine arts at the School of Visual Arts New York (SVA), graduating with Honors in 2009. In 2010, he moved to Berlin and started the collective The New Berlin Painters in 2012, organizing and curating 3 subsequent exhibitions to critical acclaim. Paul was represented by Galerie Albrecht from 2013-2016, showing in Berlin, Zürich, Karlsruhe and Budapest. In 2015, he launched a second collective, the New International Society, receiving funding from the Berlin Senate Chancellery, organizing and curating exhibitions in Berlin and Detroit in association with Detroit's Museum of New Art (MONA) and Galerie Camille. In 2016, his Sugar Skull Chapel project was chosen as a finalist for the Deutsche Bank Sculpture Competition in Berlin. In 2017, Paul moved back to New York City setting up an atelier in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and enrolled in an MFA at Hunter College, focusing on painting, printmaking and drawing.