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Norbert Bisky is a well-known German painter known for his figurative, large-scale oil paintings depicting young people in seemingly idyllic or extreme situations. His work was influenced by the socialist reality of the GDR as well as the classical European painting tradition and deals with themes of identity, youth and political upheaval.

  • Born: 10 October 1970
  • Place of birth: Leipzig, Germany (former GDR)
  • Nationality: German
  • Studied at: Humboldt University of Berlin; Berlin University of the Arts; Salzburg Summer Academy
  • Teachers: Georg Baselitz, Jim Dine
  • Era: Contemporary art
  • Stylistic direction: neorealistic painting, figurative painting

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Norbert Bisky was born in 1970 in Leipzig, the former GDR. He first studied German and art history at the Humboldt University in Berlin. From 1994 to 1990 he studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin and was a student of Georg Baselitz.

Bisky's works represent a captivating blend of socialist realism and contemporary figuration. Having grown up in the GDR, his paintings often reflect the duality of idyll and disturbance, while intensely exploring themes of youth, identity, and political upheaval. His large-scale, intensely colored oil paintings, which depict primarily young people in contrasting sometimes disturbing situations, have attracted international attention.

Today he is one of Germany's most important contemporary artists and his works can be seen in renowned galleries and museums worldwide. Today Bisky lives and works in Berlin.



  • 14.10.2023 – 21.01.2024 Fancy Some Friction, Honey? - Kunsthalle Rotterdam.
  • 06.05.2023 – 14.05.2023 Unsere Sammlung – Kunsthalle Rostock.
  • 27.04.2023 – 17.06.2023 Swing State – Weserhalle. Berlin.



  • Norbert Bisky. Im Freien, Kunstverein Aktueller Kunst e.V., Berlin 2023.
  • Norbert Bisky - Fernwärme, Markus Stegmann, Berlin 2018.
  • Norbert Bisky – Zentrifuge, Kunsthalle Rostock, Ostfildern 2014.