With his sometimes monumental sand paintings, Peter Böhnisch explores the possibilities of painting beyond oil paint and canvas. By setting enigmatic scenes in dialogue with portraits, including those of fictitious space travellers, the artist combines traditional pictorial themes with modern elements. His balanced composition of meaningfulness and humour keeps the pictures in equilibrium.

The focus is always on the use of sand, which Böhnisch sometimes uses as a plastic, relief-like background and at other times as a direct painting medium. The beauty of the motifs often contrasts with the coarseness of the surface. Böhnisch refers to dreams and stories, thus documenting visions and thoughts. He examines various inner and outer states in order to assemble individual considerations into new ideas.

After studying at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe with Anselm Reyle and Andreas Slominski, he initially devoted himself to large-format drawings, which were increasingly replaced by tempera, wax crayon, pastels or acrylics on canvas.






2021 Peter Böhnisch, Galerie Michael Haas

2016 Gesichter, Kunstverein Friedrichshafen | Portraits, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin

2014 Granum sinapis, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin

2013 Joie, Claude Monet Fondation, Giverny, France | Eis in der Sonne, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland

2012 Peter Böhnisch, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin

2011 Kanisfluh, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin

2010 Gartenstrasse 5, Bremerhaven | AbaB Projekte, Düsseldorf

2009 Neues aus der Löwengrube, Städtische Galerie Waldkraiburg

2008 Arbeiten auf Papier, Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven | Humus, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin

2007 Ferenbalm-Gurbrü Station, Karlsruhe

2006 Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin | Ich liebe Dich, Showroom Berlin