Essays

Aris Kalaizis, Europe | Oil on canvas | 79 x 87 in | 2009
This reflective conversation between artist Aris Kalaizis and publisher Stephan Schwardmann addresses simplification as well as the loss of understanding and empathy in our troubled view of the crises in Greece, Europe and the Arab world.
Aris Kalaizis | Kairos | Oil on canvas| 39 x 71 in | 2017
In another critique, psychoanalyst Fotini Ladaki examines Kalaizis’s painting Kairos. Using this picture, the author explores the different sorts of competition between human perceptions in relation to what we generally call reality
Friend and model: Joe Steffen Thier as Bartholomew in the studio with artificial skin before painting
A short interview between Erhard Metz from the Frankfurt Feuilleton and Aris Kalaizis about the origin of the Bartholomew-painting as well as the presentation in the Frankfurt cathedral
make/believe | Oil on wood | 23 x 32 in | 2009
The psychoanalyst Fotini Ladaki offers a surprising reading of the painting »make/believe« that shows how Pope Benedict XVI. is ultimately a subject with autonomous agency
Aris Kalaizis | The Great Miracle | Oil on wood | 20 x 23 cm | 2015
A discussion between the lyricist Paul-Henri Campbell and Aris Kalaizis about his Greek roots, the artistic awakening as well as the religious driving force in his paintings
Aris Kalaizis in his Studio (Photo: Thomas Hankel/Torpedo Leipzig)
Dirk Dobiéy and Thomas Koeplin from Age of Artists discuss in a detailed interview Aris Kalaizis in his studio about welcome crises, ancient art of living and the striving for emptiness as an initial position
In a first approach examines the in Cologne living and to Lacan and Freud practising psychoanalyst Fotini Ladaki the paintings of Aris Kalaizis under the aspect of a won back mysticism. Furthermore she describes the integrations necessary for it of the upper world and underworld.
Markus Baaden, friend, model and angel
A discussion between Eleni Galani and Aris Kalaizis about angel, the meaning of idols as well as the term of the Sottorealismus.
Aris Kalaizis, The Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew or the double Martyrdom | Oil on canvas | 98 x 112 in | 2014/15
In this text describes the German-American author Paul-Henri Campbell the reception history of the St. Bartholomew at the example of Kalaizis' large-size painting. In addition, he examines the religious Impetus within the "Leipzig School"
Andrea Sawatzki and Aris Kalaizis during the work (2011)
A short dialog Between actress Andrea Sawatzki and Germanist Dr. Tina Simon about the origin of the collaboration between an actress and a painter.
Jusepe de Ribera | St. Bartholomaeus | Oil on canvas | 50 x 38 | 1612
Prof. Dr. Michael Haensel from the university of Leipzig describes at the example of baroque painters like Ribera and Velazquez up to contemporary painters like Neo Rauch and Aris Kalaizis, the role of the craft in the painting
Aris Kalaizis, Detail: The Silence of the Woods, 2010
Prof. Dr. August Heuser signs in his essay a parallel between Paul Klee " Angelus of Novus " and Aris Kalaizis' image "make/believe". In it he subordinates among other things to both artists a messianic impulse which rebels against a materialist historical understanding. The question, what reality may be, has been answered frequently and variously, but it still remains as one of the most difficult questions in the history of…
Aris Kalaizis, The Ritual
German painter Aris Kalaizis finds inspiration right in his own backyard. He writes scripts to help transform his ideas into paintings. When it comes to painting, he believes that Leipzig ist he most interesting place on Earth. After graduating from the city’s prestigous Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (Academy of Visual Arts) in 1997, Kalaizis – born and raised in East Germany – stumbled upon something: ‚a gaping hole, the so-called…
Aris Kalaizis, Detail: Recurrence of a Farewell
The Austrian curator Dr. Peter Assmann describes in his essay the appearence of the real in Kalaizis' paintings. Therefore is » viewers own 'dark room' « (Alfred Kubin) an essential aspect of every viewer in every art
Aris Kalaizis, The Empty House | Oil on wood | 16 x 24 in | 2013
Aris Kalaizis on painting in times of crisis, the social relevance of art, and the humbleness of beginning. An Interview between Stephan Schwardmann and Aris Kalaizis
New York (ISCP-scholarship 2007)
An Interview between the philosopher Max Lorenzen and Aris Kalaizis about working abroad, loneliness, beautifulness and the unity of contrasts
Michael Scholz-Haensel in front of Kalaizis' Bartholomew-painting (2014)
In this text describes the ar-historian Prof. Dr. Michael Scholz-Haensel the painting of St. Bartholomew by Aris Kalaizis under inclusion of art-historical aspects. Furthermore he sees in the painter a personified merger of the northern and southern hemisphere
Aris Kalaizis | The Great Hope | Oil on canvas | 59 x 71 in | 2002
A discussion about abstraction in figurative paintings, art and non-art and the distance between him and serial-paintings. Formally strict, he revolts against the merciless deconstruction of the modern age. Since he doesn't endeavor to unravel or to demystify, we are henceforth even more induced to enter the realm of what is possible to experience.
Aris Kalaizis, Detail: Lost 22 | Oil on wood | 26 x 33 in | 2012
The Dutch museum-director Dr. Harry Tupan describes the narrative elements at the example of two paintings Aris Kalaizis' and the Leipzig School
Aris Kalaizis | Nocturne | Oil on wood | 24x32,5 in | 2012
Paul Henri Campbell describes in his text the numinouse in the work of Aris Kalaizis. Besides, he lights up in view of the origin, the working process of the Leipzig painter The material, out of which the painter Aris Kalaizis from Leipzig (Germany) creates his works, is hard to handle. His material is numinous; or maybe, put differently: he works with the immateriality of boundaries, borders, and thresholds. And by probing the liminal joints of…
Aris Kalaizis, Construction for Free Fall | Oil on canvas | 185 x 670 cm | 1996/97
Sociologist Jan Siegt questioned in 1997 the young academy-graduate Aris Kalaizis, in his first interview about abstraction, the polarities as well as the term of the "dynamic tradition"
Aris Kalaizis und Christian Berkel in Klinga (2010)
Anja Jahns describes fertile respect between the Berliner actor Christian Berkel as well as the inhabitant of Leipzig painter Aris Kalaizis
Aris Kalaizis, Detail "make/believe" | Oil on wood | 24 x 32 in | 2009
Mrs. Prof. Regina Radlbeck-Ossmann is teaching systematical theology. In her essay she approaches the compact painting Aris Kalaizis' "make/believe" from 2012. In the face of the angel she recognizes scepticism towards the German pope Benedikt. This painting is still far from every stigmatization. Hence, she demands the viewer to become active independently.
Aris Kalaizis | The Interference of Angels | 43 x 59 in | 2009
In Switzerland born and in New York living author Christoph Keller "The Interference of Angels" sketches with the second story to an other Kalaizis painting an absurd parallel world
Aris Kalaizis | Manchester | Oil on canvas | 51 x 59 in | 2009
In Switzerland borned and in New York living author Christoph Keller (2009) writes with his third story to a Kalaizis-painting "Manchester" a surreally story between sky and hell
Aris Kalaizis, Detail: Twins (2008)
Dr. phil. Tom Huhn teaches aesthetics and philosophy at the School of Visual Arts (NYC). In his essay he leads us into the break place between photograph and painting
Aris Kalaizis | Bahren | Oil on canvas | 63 x 79 in | 2007
The New York art-critic Carol Strickland stamped in 2006 for the first time the term of the Sottorealism. In this essay she gives explanations to several paintings of Aris Kalaizis.
Aris Kalaizis | Making Sky | Oil on canvas | 75 x 83 in | 2008
In Switzerland born and in New York living author Christoph Keller takes up the absurdity of the painting with a first story to the Kalaizis-painting "Making Sky" (2009) and transfers this in a literary world
Aris Kalaizis | The Cabin | Oil on canvas | 39 x 47 in | 2006
In this text circumscribes the critic and curator, Susanne Altmann, Kalaizis' world as a claustrophobic tension space in which the figures seem to be on the edge of the selfresolution
Aris Kalaizis, Detail: In the Night of Silence | Oil on canvas | 51 x 59 in | 2008
A philosophical treatise of Max Lorenzen in whom the often seeming doubleganger-motive should be caught in the paintings of Aris Kalaizis, at the same time as a possibility form for a double ground. An attempt of an interpretation
Aris Kalaizis | Fargo I | Oil on canvas | 55 x 69 in | 2002
The Berlin journalist Tom Mustroph describes 15 years after the wall came down in his essay the painter Aris Kalaizis and his hunt for images, the time in the GDR as well and his love to soccer
Aris Kalaizis, Keyville, Oil on wood , 23 x 35 in, 2006
In this essay the New York based art-critic Carol Strickland stamped the term of the Sottorealismus in relation to Kalaizis' paintings for the first time. In addition, some interesting interpretations to the american paintings are in it
Aris Kalaizis | The English Room | Oil on wood | 24 x 35 in | 2004
In this text describes Dr. Peter Schlueter the image and the search behind the image. Besides, there originate worth reading observations and image-analyses
The Ideal Crash | Oil on canvas | 4x 53 x 69 in | 2001/02
Dr. Peter Schlüter understands Aris Kalaizis a cryptic painter who rebels with formal severity, against the pitiless deconstruction of our modern age. In this article treated the paintings from 2001 to 2003