Christoph Rode

Christoph Rode (* 1984, Berlin) is a German painter and graphic artist.

Rode’s mostly large format works take on room or landscape situations. They remind the viewer of stage installations and multidimensional scenarios filled with fragmented content.

This peculiar and individual imagery occasionally allows itself to be identified as being set in a certain time period through elements such as the interior design or items of clothing. The works, however, do not symbolize the time period portrayed. They also do not represent a processing of the artist’s emotions, thoughts, or surroundings. Instead the painter looks for inspiration in reproductions, newspapers, history books, and films. He primarily uses material from eastern Germany and the eastern European region dated between 1950 and 1990. Usually an idea gathered there is the starting spark for a painting and will be subtly integrated into the work. Political and everyday themes are also not usually covered by Rode. The materials he uses, the objects, and the seemingly typical spatial layout show an alienation in a possibly familiar situation.

It is the search for a roar of silence within a space.

The smell of old interior and carpets, the feel of old textured wallpaper or fabrics that linger in the memory provide the painter with elements for his scenarios. Rode is fascinated by contrasts in color, form, and content in his paintings, as well as an incomprehensible dialog that can only succeed when open questions remain in the room. Questions, which even the painter cannot answer.

die Harmonie der Apathie
Oil on Canvas (120cm x 100cm) 2019
gefilterte Abbildung Oil on Canvas (120cm x 100cm) 2019
gefilterte Abbildung
Oil on Canvas (120cm x 100cm) 2019
Christoph Rode, Pflege im Gefüge, Oil on Canvas (120cm x 100cm) 2019
Pflege im Gefüge
Oil on Canvas (120cm x 100cm) 2019
Christoph Rode, geregelte Formatierung, Oil on Canvas (150cm x 140cm) 2019
geregelte Formatierung
Oil on Canvas (150cm x 140cm) 2019
Christoph Rode, zarte Oblaten zu dekadenten Tischen, Oil on Canvas (140cm x 170cm) 2019
zarte Oblaten zu dekadenten Tischen
Oil on Canvas (140cm x 170cm) 2019
Christoph Rode, die eckige Ananas in runden Schachteln, Oil on Canvas (140cm x 170cm) 2018
die eckige Ananas in runden Schachteln
Oil on Canvas (140cm x 170cm) 2018
Christoph Rode, abgelehnt Oil on Canvas (150cm x 140cm) 2019
abgelehnt
Oil on Canvas (150cm x 140cm) 2019
Christoph Rode, Daddy come Home III Oil on Canvas (120cm x 100cm) 2018
Daddy come Home III
Oil on Canvas (120cm x 100cm) 2018
Christoph Rode, allgemeine Verunsicherung Oil on Canvas (135cm x 155cm) 2018
allgemeine Verunsicherung
Oil on Canvas (135cm x 155cm) 2018
Christoph Rode, goldene Zitronen im Ponyhof Oil on Canvas (120cm x 100cm) 2018
goldene Zitronen im Ponyhof
Oil on Canvas (120cm x 100cm) 2018
Christoph Rode, Where is Pocahontas Oil on Canvas (120cm x 100cm) 2018
Where is Pocahontas
Oil on Canvas (120cm x 100cm) 2018
Christoph Rode, erinnert nicht Veflucht noch mal Oil on Canvas (80cm x 100cm) 2017
erinnert nicht Veflucht noch mal
Oil on Canvas (80cm x 100cm) 2017
Christoph Rode, der feuchte Traum vom Nadelbaum Oil on Canvas (135cm x 155cm) 2017
der feuchte Traum vom Nadelbaum
Oil on Canvas (135cm x 155cm) 2017
Christoph Rode, Wadim im Ruhesitz Oil on Canvas (135cm x 155cm) 2017
Wadim im Ruhesitz
Oil on Canvas (135cm x 155cm) 2017

Vita

*1984 in Berlin
since 2004 Graphic artist & painter
2007-2010 Graphic artist, University of Management at Communication
2010-2015 Graphic artist, Theater Mogul
lives and works in Berlin

Exhibitions

SE: Solo Exhibition, GE: Group Exhibition, AF: Art Fair

2019

AF, Vilnius (LTU), Galerie Gans „ART Vilnius 19“
AF, Rostock, Galerie Kristine Hamann „BALTIC ART WEEKEND“
AF, Munich, Jahn Galerie „ARTMUC 2019“
SE, Galerie Freitag 18.30 „Paradies Paradies“
GE, Los Angeles (USA), James Wright Gallery „Bittersüß“
GE, Hamburg, Barlach Halle K „OLD INTO NEW
AF, Karlsruhe, Galerie Gans „Art Karlsruhe 2019“
GE, Saarbrücken, Galerie Neuheisel „Runde 1“

2018

GE, Hamburg, Galerie Greskewitz & Kleinitz „Into the wild – Landscape Revisited“
GE, Leipzig, Galerie Jahn „Massenabfertigung“
AF, Cologne, „Discovery Art Fair 2018“
AF, Munich, „Stroke Art Fair 2018“
GE, Leipzig, Galerie Jahn „Herbstrundgang“
SE, Leipzig, Galerie Jahn „Sollbruchstelle Zartbitter“
AF, Vienna (AT), „Fair for Art Vienna 2018“
SE, Kiel, Galerie Brennwald „neue Anomalie in alten Furchen“
GE, Aachen, Galerie Freitag 18:30, „Preview“
AF, Hamburg, „AAF Hamburg 2018″
GE, Vienna (AT), Galerie Gans „Sicht- und Denkweise“

2017

AF, Brussels (BEL), „Affordable Art Fair Brussel 2017“
GE, Völklingen/Saarbrücken (UNESCO Welt Kulturerbe), „UrbanArt Biennale 2017“
GE, Berlin, Alte Münze, „What the Weekend is Gallery 2“
AF, Dornbirn, „Art Bodensee 2017“
AF, Munich, „Stroke Art Fair 2017“
AF, Hamburg, „Affordable Art Fair Hamburg 2017“

2016

GE, Berlin, URANIA-Haus, „XXI. Internationale Rosa-Luxemburg-Konferenz”
SE, Berlin, AMgallery Berlin, Serie „Zirkus Maximus“
GE, Berlin, Urban Spree Gallery, „What the Weekend is Gallery“
GE, Dessau, Heise Kunstpreis „begehren“
GE, Leipzig, 4th ArtWalk „The Sound of Urban Mirrors“
GE, Leipzig, CITY CRASH 7 „Urbanes Festival für Kunst und Kultur“
GE, Hamburg, „Affordable Art Fair Hamburg 2016“

2015

GE, Berlin, Galerie Westphal, Future Voice „for Kids with Love“
GE, Magdeburg, JVA Magdeburg, „die neue Sinnlichkeit 2015“
GE, Halle, Galerie am Domplatz, „Artist for Refugees”

2014

SE, Berlin, Art und Weise Berlin, „Und ich mag doch meinen Rummel immer noch“
SE, Berlin, Art und Weise Berlin, Serie „Zirkus Maximus“
GE, Berlin, Museum für Kommunikation Berlin, Future Voice „for Kids with Love“
SE, Berlin, Art und Weise Berlin „Zirkus Maximus“

2013

GE, Berlin, Art und Weise Berlin
SE, Berlin, Art und Weise Berlin, „Und ich mag doch meinen Rummel“
GE, Berlin, ECC Kreativstadt Weißensee „Open Studios 2013“

2012

GE, Nürnberg, Große Kunstaustellung 2012/BBK Nürnberg, Nordostpark
GE, Berlin, SEZ Berlin, Urban Art „Silence is a lie“

2011

SE, Berlin, Galerie Studio 54, Serie „Humanoid”
GE, Neuhardenberg (Schloss Neuhardenberg), „Brandenburgischer Kunstpreis 2011“
GE, Dresden/altes Wettbüro und Teplice/Bozak Club, „Optische Anstalt 1“

2010

GE, Berlin, Galerie Studio 54
SE, Berlin, Galerie Studio 54, Serie „Mensch im Licht”

2009

SE, Berlin, Sanatorium, Serie „Rooms”