Reinhard Schmid

www.venusmaschine.com

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E-mail: info@reinhardschmid.de
Mobile: +49 151 23038529
Correspondence: Bäckergasse 3, 94234 Viechtach, Germany

About

REINHARD SCHMID was born in Weiden, Germany, in 1960, and has always been fascinated by artists working in the phantasic field. Schmid also has an interest in machines and engineering, and for several years he even worked as a navigator on a submarine before he started painting on glass. His father Rudolf Schmid, also an artist, taught him the classical glass painting techniques as well as the new ones he had invented himself. Over the last 30 years Reinhard Schmid refined the use of pencil and watercolor on the reverse side of glass, and by combining it with the techniques of the old masters he developed his very own distinct style. He takes the fascinating old „sous verre“ technique to the next level and is the only known painter today to master it to this degree. In the early 1990s Schmid worked with Jaro Art Galleries on Madison Avenue, New York, which also exhibited his work at the New York Art Expo. From 1991 to 2001 he maintained a residence in Chicago, IL. From 1993 to 2013 he was the curator of the so-called “Gewölbe der Geheimnisse” (“Vaults of Secrets”) in his home town Viechtach, Germany, where he worked for more than 10 years on a large scale version of tarot cards on glass (size: 5 x 14 m!) Reinhard Schmid’s works can be found in both private collections and galleries in Europe, the United States and Japan, and since 1990 he also operates his own gallery. In recent years he was accepted by several groups of first-rate painters, and he participated in numerous projects throughout Europe. In 2007 he started the so-called ”Venusmaschine” project, in which he transforms his more than 300year old house into a large, three-dimensional piece of art.

  • Exhibitions/projects

    1985
    Glasmuseum Austen*, Bodenmais, Germany
    1986
    Galerie Bäumler, Regensburg, Germany
    1986
    Kunstverein Wolfstein*, Freyung, Germany
    1987
    Kurhaus Bad Füssing*, Germany
    1987
    Kunstverein Wolfstein*, Freyung, Germany
    1987
    Galerie Bäumler, Regensburg, Germany
    1987
    Galerie Bäumler*, Regensburg, Germany
    1988
    St. Anna Kapelle*, Passau, Germany
    1988
    12 x 16 ft drawing on glass “Agnes Bernauer” in the “Gläserne Scheune“, Viechtach, Germany
    1988
    Participation in the creation of the sculpture “Sphinx” made for the October fest at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, CA.
    1989
    Nusser auctions, Munich, Germany
    since 1990
    Opening of the gallery “Galerie Reinhard Schmid“
    1990
    Jaro Art Galleries, New York, Madison Ave. and New York Art Expo
    1991
    Calendar “Reinhard Schmid 1991”
    since 1994
    Working on the project “Tarot”, 15 x 42 ft painting on glass (66 pieces)
    1998
    20 minute portrait in the “Bayerischen Fernsehen B3“ (Bavarian TV),
    2000
    Design of the official city seal for the city of Viechtach, Germany
    2002
    “Theme and Variations” in cooperation with Kunstverein Wolfstein, Freyung, Germany
    2003
    “Agnes and Variations” a tragic story from the early renaissance as part of the 650 year celebrations of the dukedom Straubing-Holland
    2003
    Design of the official mascot for the 900 year celebrations of the city of Viechtach, Germany in 2004
    2004
    “Four Artists of Viechtach”*, old city hall, Viechtach, Germany
    2005
    “Dali’s Heirs paint Europa”*, Wolnzach, Germany
    2006
    SAFE 2006 (Salon de l’Art Fantastique European) in Le Mont Dore*, France
    2006
    “Dali’s Heirs and the Book of the Apocalypse”*, Wolnzach, Germany and at the “ArtAffair” gallery in Regensburg, Germany
    2007
    SAFE 2007 in Le Mont Dore*, France
    2007
    “Venus and the Female Intuition”* in Saeby (Denmark), Leeuwarden (The Netherlands) and Nice (France)
    2007
    Maison Bizarre*, Brussels (Belgium)
    2007
    “Dali’s Heirs paint Europa”*, European Parliament, Brussels (Belgium)
    2007
    „Venus and the Female Intuition“*, Denmark/The Netherlands/France
    2007
    „Verborgene Welten“ Reinhard Schmid and Michael Maschka, Viechtach, Germany
    2008
    Galerie „Princesse de Kiev“*, Nizza
    2008
    Beginning of the „Venusmaschine“. The transformation of a more than 300 year old tavern into a three dimensional piece of art
    2008
    „Ange Exquis“*, International exhibition project with Lukas Kándl
    2008
    „Dreamscapes“*, Amsterdam, NL
    2009
    „Ange Exquis“*, Galleria Renessans, Florenz, IT
    2009
    „Ange Exquis“*, Galleria Com. di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Piombino, IT
    2009
    „Ange Exquis“*, Vascoeuil Castle, FR
    2009
    „Dante, The Divine Comedy“*, Saeby, DK
    2009
    Dante, The Divine Comedy“*, Old City Hall, Viechtach, DE
    2009
    „Black and White“*, Salon Comparaisons/Grand Palais, Paris, FR
    2010
    „SAFE 2010“, (Salon de l’Art Fantastique European)*, Le Mont-Dore, FR
    2010
    "ipax2010"*, Dali‘s Heirs, Old City Hall, Viechtach, DE
    2010
    „Exclamations“*, Chapelle des Jésuites, Chaumont en Champagne, FR
    2010
    1. Biennal of Phantastic Art*, Old City Hall, Viechtach, DE
    2010
    „Black and White“*, Saint Pierre le Puellier Collegial, Orleans, FR
    2010
    „$ 1,000,000.00“*, Salon Comparaisons/Grand Palais, Paris, FR
    since 2011
    „Kidnapped“, a painting for the permanent collection of the Phantastenmuseum, Vienna, AT
    2011
    „Exclamations“*, Phantastenmuseum, Vienna, AT
    2011
    „Ange Exquis“*, Baroque castle Riegersburg, AT
    2011
    „Phantamorgana“*, Altes Rathaus, Viechtach, DE
    2011
    „Phénix et Dragons“*, Salon Comparaisons/Grand Palais, Paris, FR
    2011
    „Magical Dreams“*, Galeria Bator, PL, IT
    2011
    „Ange Exquis“*, Palais Ducal, Nevers, FR
    2012
    „Exclamations“*, Parc des Expositions, Orleans, FR
    2012
    "$ 1,000,000.00"*, Galerie d'Art Contemporain, Chamalieres, FR
    2012
    „Phénix et Dragons“*, Chapelle des Jésuites, Chaumont en Champagne, FR
    2012
    „Phénix et Dragons“*, Viechtach, 2. Biennal of Phantastic Art*, Old City Hall, Viechtach, DE
    2012
    Accepted into the „Galactic Trading Cards“* Project (Delvin Solkinson), US
    2012
    „Exclamations“*, Sedan, Château fort FR
    2012
    „Imago“*, Baroque castle Riegersburg, AT
    2013
    "Dreams & Divinities"*, San Marcos Art Center in Toledo, ES
    2013
    „Phénix et Dragons“*, Annweiler, Hohenstaufensaal, DE
    2013
    „Tribute to Old Masters“*, Salon Comparaisons/Grand Palais, Paris, FR
    2013
    „Magical Dreams II“*, Galeria Bator, PL, IT
    2013
    Kunstmesse Krakau, PL
    2014
    „Phénix et Dragons“*, Casablanca, Forum de la Culture - ex Cathédrale du Sacré-Coeur, MA
    2014
    „Zodiac“, 3. Biennal of Phantastic Art*, Old City Hall, Viechtach, DE
    2014
    „Phénix et Dragons“*, Sedan, Château fort, FR
    2015
    „Exclamations”*, San Vicente, Toledo, ES
    2015
    „Self Portrait“*, Salon Comparaisons/Grand Palais, Paris, FR
    2015
    „Ange Exquis”, „Exclamations”, „Black and White”, „ Phénix et Dragons”*, Tannpapier - Trierenberg Art, Traun, AT
    2016
    „Mexican Lottery”*, Ex Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara, MX Museo de la ciudad, Queretaro, MX Museo Nacional, Aguascalientes, MX Galería de la Secretaría de Cultura, Coahuila, MX
    2016
    “Tribute to ols Masters”*, Old City Hall, Viechtach, DE
    2017
    „Half-Human Half-Beast Divinities“*, Salon Comparaisons im Grand Palais, Paris, FR
    2017
    “Fly with Me” selected to be one of 8 selfportraits from the Libellule froup for a special presentation at the European Museum of Modern Art MEAM in Barcelona, ES

Artist Statement

My work is a sensual combination of fantastic and surrealistic images and a unique personal technique. My paintings are whimsical, and often have a witty or erotic touch. My elegant figures seem distant and aloof and merge seamlessly with mechanisms and technologies from another world. I like to play with our comprehension of physics, biology, history and eroticism. Bending one to meet the other, seeming opposites are blended into a fragile balance. Absurd positions, mechanisms and compositions create a sense of twisted humor, sometimes flavored with a hint of subtle obscenity to tempt the viewer to remain and detect the encrypted messages.

Wanderer between Worlds

I like to think outside the box and love anything complex. That might be the reason why painting and drawing on, or better behind glass is the perfect medium for me. It challenges me to think backwards or simply different and reminds me again and again how delicate and fragile our dreams, fantasies, and mannerisms really are. A human being sees and understands the ostensible first and then tries to expound the background. And what lays in- between, the middle ground so to speak, is often completely neglected. But I analyze the concept of the image intensively, paint and draw details (the primary objective of my composition), hide statements and references right in the middle and add the background last. If I left out or forgot a small detail, it would be too late to fix and seldom to forgive – just as in real life.

Painting – as the technical component – is not just my stimulus, but gives my work its rhythm and heartbeat, because it allows me to enter these secret, mysterious and still humorous worlds, that I can only explain and depict through painting. This eternally ticking rhythm can be found in all my paintings. Cogwheels turn the threads of my playful and scurrile machines, traveling through indefinable landscapes. These machines are means of transportation and stage for my amiable protagonists and heroes at the same time. My constant aim is to apply a classical aesthetic in an imaginative and frisky way, in order to construct delicate and yet complex images. They are images in which different feelings and thoughts are hidden and are waiting to be discovered by the viewer.

Humor however plays the melody of my compositions. For humor is possibly the most valuable gift we possess, and to apply humor in my own way gives me great pleasure. I play with our comprehension of physics, biology, history and eroticism; bending one to meet the other, which creates my own aesthetic and narrative – a stylistic device that allows me to surprisingly pass on my fantastic stories and anecdotes to the audience. And so I wander between frisky impressions, hidden worldly wisdoms and precise technique. It is in the use of pencil drawing and watercolor, combined with old masters techniques behind glass that I have developed and perfected which makes my work so unique. It distances my work from traditional Reverse Glass Painting -not only by subject matter, but also by a newly won lightness, transparency, and depth.

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