David Borgmann


1983 Wilhelmshaven
2007–2008 Hochschule für Künste Bremen
2008–2011 Akademie der Bildenden Künste Munich
2011–2015 Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, master student Prof. Ingo Meller
Lives and works in Leipzig and Munich

Grants / Scholarships

2017 Preisträger der Nordwestkunst 2017, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven
2016 Projektförderung der Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen
2014 Förderpreis des 28. Kunstpreises der Stiftung KSK Esslingen-Nürtingen
2013 Postgraduiertenstipendium der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
2013 Förderung der Theodor Pfizer Stiftung
2009 Stipendium der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Solo exhibitions

2020 Festland, Josef Filipp Galerie, Winterrundgang Baumwollspinerei, Leipzig
2019 Anfluten, Schierke Seinecke Galerie, Frankfurt Am Main
2018 It Will Also Change, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven
Placid Places, Galerie Rundgaenger, Frankfurt
Black Holes, Bright Lights, Josef Filip Galerie, Leipzig
Lightning In A Bottle, Galerie Kramer, Bremen
2016 David Borgmann/Stephan Marienfeld, Kunsthaus Klüber, Weinheim
2014 Promised Land, Tapetenwerk, Halle C, Leipzig

Group exhibitions

2020 Nachts Allein Im Atelier #7, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie
Waterscapes, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven
2019 Sammlung Nuwayhid, Werkschauhalle, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig
I´ll Be Your Mirror, Josef Filipp Galerie, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig
2018 Blickfang, Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren
25. Leipziger Jahresausstellung, Werkschauhalle, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig
2017 Dimensional Sights, Kunstverein Neustadt A. D. Weinstraße
Nordwestkunst 2017 – Die Nominierten, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven
Mashup Iv, Barlach Halle K, Hamburg
2016 Dimensional Sights, Jenaer Kunstverein, Jena
2 Meter Unter Null - Eine Ausstellung Zum Klimawandel Im Norden, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven
Reform - 2. Kunstpreis Der Evangelischen Landeskirche Württemberg, Ausstellung Der Hervorgehobenen Arbeiten, Altes Schloss, Landesmuseum Württemberg, Stuttgart
Fake It Till You Make It, Westpol Airspace, Leipzig
Human With/Out Space, Ateliers Pro Arts/ A.P.A. Gallery, Budapest, Ungarn
2015 Hans-Purrmann-Preise 2015, Nominierten-Ausstellung Zum Wettbewerb, Städtische Galerie Speyer Mit Kunstverein Speyer, Speyer
Meisterschüler 2015, Galerie Der Hochschule Für Grafik Und Buchkunst, Leipzig
2014 Zitieren,Variieren,Modifizieren - Das Zitat In Malerei Und Grafik, 28. Kunstpreis 2014 Der Stiftung Ksk Esslingen-Nürtingen
Die Pferde Sind Tot, Klasse Ottersbach Im Forum Kunst, Rottweil
2013 Leipzig Am Rhein, Klasse Ottersbach In Der Rudolf-Scharpf-Galerie, Ludwigshafen Am Rhein
Dis-Appearence - Vom Erscheinen Und Verschwinden, Westpol Airspace, Leipzig
Wrumm Wrumm, Galerie Hochschule Für Grafik Und Buchkunst, Leipzig
2012 Niemandsland - All Dies Und Nichts, Geh8 Kunstraum, Dresden
Ostrale 012 - Internationale Ausstellung Zeitgenössischer Künste, Ostragehege Dresden
Lindenow, Westpol Airspace & Monaco Beach Club, Leipzig
2011 Nordwestkunst 2011 - Die Nominierten, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven
Mehr Als Ein Schuss, Galerie Beck & Eggeling, Düsseldorf
Monster, Produzentengalerie Dieschönestadt, Halle
Update - Junge Kunst Aus Leipzig, Kunsthalle Der Sparkasse Leipzig
2010 Coming Soon, Städtische Galerie Cordonhaus Cham


Depiction and abstraction, surface and space, coloration and texture - These are the poles between which David Borgmann's paintings explore the relationship between painting mode, motif and image in painting. On the one hand, many paintings appear matter-of-factly abstracted. On the other hand, a strong and emotionally sustained atmosphere unfolds in them through the scenic motifs, the muted yet powerfully luminous colors, and the drama with which the textures, colors, and motivic elements meet in their precise placement. The textures, which emerge from the experimentation of materials with various tools, emerge in a great wealth of razor-sharp detail, exerting a strong pull on the viewer. Meanwhile, the view that repeatedly reaches into the depths of the horizon suggests freedom and vastness. Through their idiosyncratic painting technique, David Borgmann's pictures appear novel, and yet in many places the intensive preoccupation with the traditions of landscape depiction right up to contemporary painting becomes clear. In the simplification of complicated motifs to dynamic painting gestures and in the flat abstraction Asian painting and especially Japanese woodcuts echo. Other paintings, such as the more recent seascapes with clouds, in their clear spatial construction oriented to the Renaissance idea of the window view, are more reminiscent of the seascapes of a Gustave Courbet. Other pictures deconstruct the space as the western pictorial history of the optical view pretends it to a collage-like picture effect and thereby touched different ideas: If the landscape here almost becomes a map, which we can wander with our eyes, the illusion there almost dissolves into a geometric composition and thus ties in with color field painting. If the ambivalent, mysterious picture effect takes the viewer for itself, the picture world, which David Borgmann explores persistently, shows itself at the same time in motion and leaves room for curiosity, where this work will develop further. 

David Borgmann lives and works in Leipzig and Munich. He studied painting with Karin Kneffel in Bremen and Munich, and with Heribert C. Ottersbach and Ingo Meller at the HGB Leipzig, where he graduated as a master student. Borgmann has received numerous grants and awards, and in 2017 he was the recipient of the Nordwestkunst prize, which is awarded every two years by the Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven. Since 2018, David Borgmann has been teaching as an artistic assistant to Professor Pia Fries at the Akademie der bildenden Kunste Munich. Borgmann's works are already represented in important private and public collections such as the Hildebrand Collection and the Bayrische Staatsgemäldesammlungen.