Rainer Gross


1951 born in Cologne, Germany
1971-73 study of fine arts at the art academy of Cologne

Lives and works as an independent artist in New York City, Cutchogue Long Island and Cologne, Germany

In 2017, Riainer Gross participated in the Beijing Biennale representing Germany. In 2012, the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz held an exhibition on four decades of his paintings. Other important national and international exhibitions include the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts (Lausanne, Switzerland), the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion (Champaign, Illinois, USA), Kunsthalle Emden in Germany. The paintings are held in numerous public collections, including the AT&T Corporate Art Collection, the Cohen Family Collection, the Hirschhorn Collection, the UBS Union Bank of Switzerland and the Lowe Art Museum. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Art in America, ArtNews, The Brooklyn Rail, The Boston Globe, and others.

Exhibitions / Selection since 2003
Galerie Filser & Gräf, München
Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, USA

Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany
Verein für aktuelle Kunst Oberhausen, Germany
Frederic Boloix Fine Arts, ketchum Idaho mit Julian Voss Andreae
Galerie Rother Wiesbaden mit Thomas Reifferscheid
Galerie Richard Paris
Museo Irprimo, “Caleidoscopio-Contempory Art in Germany,  Archaeological Museum of Avellino, Italy
Museum Pfalzgalerie, “Directors Cut” Kaiserslautern, Germany
Margaret Thatcher Projects New York
Graficas gallery, Nantaucket US
VSOP projects, Greenport, New York
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
“Detour II”, East End Arts, Riverhead NY
Drawings, Glen Hanson Studio, Southold NY

Must-See! – Galerie Filser & Gräf, Munich
Begegnung mit Originalen aus der Sammlung des Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Begegnung mit Originalen aus der Sammlung des Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
VSOP Projects, Greenport, NY
Neu Aufgestellt, Museum Villa Zanders, Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany
65 Jahre und Lichtblicke, Galerie Koch Hannover, Germany
Galerie Richard New York
Frederick Boloix Fine Art, Ketchum ID, US
Galerie Floss und Schultz

Galerie Richard, Paris
Galerie Floss und Schultz, Köln
Museo d’Arte Sacra di Camaiore- Lucca, Agosta Italy
Matera 2019 Fondazione Sassi, Italy
“Gelb”, Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany
“ARTeMOTIONE”, Galerie Floss und Schultz, Cologne, Germany
VSOP Projects, Greenport, NY
Galerie Five, Lugano Switzerland
Guild Hall, Easthampton, NY
Galerie Graf und Schelble Basel, Switzerland

“abstract – abstract – abstract” Galerie Koch Hannover, Germany
Arte Contemporanea E Manufatti, Marina Wolff, Milan, Italy
“Hazy and Pure” Raum für Gäste, Aachen Germany
“Köln Plus – Farbmalereipositionen”, Verein für Aktuelle Kunst e.V., Oberhausen, Germany
“Art Karlsruhe” Galerie Filser und Gräf, Munich, Germany
“Art Karlsruhe”, and “ “abstrakt, abstrakt, abstrakt”, Galerie Koch Hannover, Germany 
“Art Karlsruhe” Galerie Rother-Winter, Wiesbaden, Germany

Flashback, Gruppenausstellung 10 Jahre Filser & Gräf, München
Rainer Gross – Contact Paintings | Impressions and Strokes, Galerie Filser & Gräf, München
Galerie Rother-Winter, Wiesbaden
Galerie Graf und Schelble in Basel, Switzerland

Chorus 72, MC Gallery, NYC
“Neo-Expressionism in Germany” @ China Art Museum – Shanghai

Frederic Boloix Fine Art, Ketchum Idaho

“Lux*us” Ausstellung mit Wolfgang Laubersheimer, Galerie Filser & Gräf, München, Germany
“Turn Up The Heat” Margaret Thatcher Projects in New York City

Galerie Arnés y Röpke, Madrid, Spain
Galerie Graf und Schelble, Basel, Switzerland
Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York (scheduled)

Museum Ludwig, Koblenz, Germany (NY paintings 1972–2012*)
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Köln, Germany (Early Paintings)

Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany (Early Paintings)

Galerie Arnés y Röpke, Madrid, Spain
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, USA (mit Wlodzimierz Ksiasek)

Graf & Schelble Galerie, Basel, Switzerland

Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, USA
Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath

Graf & Schelble Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany

Galería Pedro Torres, Logrõno, Spain
Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Köln, Germany
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Köln, Germany
Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA

Fundation Sala Robayera, Miengo Cantabria, Spain

Axel Raben Gallery, New York, USA
Graf & Schelble Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
Galeria Arnés y Röpke, Madrid, Spain
Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany

Doppelgänger, Contact paintings, Singles & Twins 1996–2003*
(Wanderausstellung/traveling exhibition):
Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren, Germany
Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Museum Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Städtische Galerie im Park, Viersen, Germany
Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath, Frankfurt a. M., Germany
Axel Raben Gallery, New York, USA
Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA

seit 1981 zahlreiche internationale Einzel- und Gruppenausstellungen

Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA, USA
Art Gallery of Hamilton, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Canada
Deutsche Apotheker- und Ärztebank, Düsseldorf, Germany
AT&T Corporate Art Collection, USA
Bayer A.G. Leverkusen, Germany
Bell Atlantic, Arlington, VA, USA
Berlex Labs, NJ, USA
Bernstein Collection, New York, USA
Chase Bank collection, New York, USA
Cohen Familie Collection, New York, USA
Collection Peter Ludwig, Aachen, Germany
Auswärtiges Amt, Berlin, Germany
Hewlett-Packard Collection, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Hoffmann La Roche, Basel, Switzerland
Hirschhorn Collection Washington D.C., USA
Krannert Art Museum, Champaign IL, USA
Kunsthalle Emden, Stiftung Henri Nannen, Emden, Germany
Landschaftsverband Rheinland, Germany
Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren, Germany
Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL, USA
McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON, Canada
MGM Mediengruppe München, Germany
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Museum Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany
Museum Vilnius, Latvia
Novartis Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland
Pro Sieben, München, Germany
Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia
Rathaus der Stadt Köln, Germany
Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
UBS Union Bank of Switzerland


Rainer Gross achieved international fame through his “Contact Paintings” and “Twins” series of works. The paintings from these series are memorable for their exciting color symbioses and object-like quality, which the artist creates through a unique work process involving the layering of pure color pigments and a pressing process of two overlapping canvases. Gross deliberately leaves part of the artistic responsibility for the creation of his paintings to chance. In this way, he creates diptychs from two closely connected paintings, each of which is both an original and a mirror image of the other.

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