René Wirths is known for his modern approach to still life. He takes objects that interest him and that represent an artistic challenge into his studio and transforms them on large-format canvases into precisely painted picture objects that captivate the observer with their apparent (photo)realistic depiction.

Wirths’ paintings present, at first glance, trivial objects from our surroundings. While we would only pay attention to such an object for a brief moment, if at all, Wirths makes the chosen object the centre of his attention.

In contrast to our fast-moving times, Wirths’ intense process of observation and creation can consume weeks or months. In that time, the artist, using oil paints, reduces a three-dimensional object to a two-dimensional painting, employing the highest level of craft and technique. He rejects aids of any kind, such as photographs or projectors. Painting is Wirths’ tool for studying the phenomenology of an object – the essence of the object and its depiction.

Wirths has lived in Berlin since 1970. From 1992 to 1998, he studied art at the Berlin University of the Arts, and in the final stage of his studies he was in the master class of Wolfgang Petrick. Exhibitions by René Wirths have been shown in Berlin, Zurich, Paris, Prague, Krems an der Donau, and Rotterdam, among others.






Solo exhibitions (selection)

2023 UNREAL – Beyond Reality, Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren

2021 Museum im Kleihues-Bau, Kornwestheim

2019 Galerie Haas AG, Zurich

2018 Galerie Miro, Prague

2017 Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin

2016 Kunsthalle Bremerhaven | Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

2015 Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

2014 Kunsthalle Krems Factory, Krems

2013 Galerie Miro, Prague

2012 Galerie Haas AG, Zurich

2011 Kunsthalle Rotterdam, Rotterdam

2010 Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

2009 Galerie Schönewald und Beuse, Düsseldorf

2008 Galerie Templon, Paris

2006 meinblau, Berlin

2004 Café Moskau, Berlin | glue, Berlin

2002 gutleut15, Frankfurt a.M.

1999 Galerie Walden, Berlin | Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin

1994 Galerie Münsterland, Berlin