Born in Ravensburg, Germany, Stefanie Gutheil received her BA and MFA from Universität der Künste, Berlin where she lives and works today. The artist’s multi-media paintings using acrylic paint, hair, aluminum foil, spray paint, and other unlikely materials are transcendent imagery of Kopftheater – theater of the mind. Gutheil’s work is intensely personal, sexually political and directly referential to the history of German painting. Her figures are grotesque characterizations of people encountered in her daily life – performers, poets, friends and artists – they make up the framework from which she paints her sublime creatures. These characters, as well as the growth of Germany and the fall of the Berlin wall, are large inspirations for Gutheil’s work. Known for her little monsters and work that deals with feminine issues, Gutheil has become one of the most groundbreaking female artists working today in Germany. Her paintings and sculptures recall Belgian artist James Ensor’s mordant images of psychic upset and bizarre figures.
Stefanie Gutheil’s work is included in the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Jersey City, NJ; the Taguchi Art Collection, Tokyo; the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY; the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS., the Collection Majudia, Montreal, Canada; and the Tullman Collection in Chicago, IL among many others. Gutheil was recently exhibited in a solo show at Helsinki Contemporary in Finland.