Thomas Wachholz



The German artist Thomas Wachholz radically explores the dimensions of everyday materials, processes and techniques, thus throwing light back onto the perception of our design spaces of the everyday.

The constant interplay between dualistic, routines and contradictory forces creates an imbalance that prevents the works from saying a certain thing, thus opening up a poetic space in the realms of meaning. The experience of Wachholz’s works results like a search for the origin of his practice and the associated questioning of what painting actually is in its form. In most cases, however, one has to content oneself with contemplative ambiguity: His alcohol paintings neither constitute the traditional concept of painting, nor do they correspond to a purely mechanical practice. The execution of Wachholz’s process allows the canvas to penetrate into a place that distances itself from painting, and as “soft” paintings they can achieve a paradoxical further development of subtraction.

Thomas Wachholz (*1984 in Cologne) graduated from the Düsseldorf Art Academy in 2016 with Prof. Katharina Grosse and Marcel Odenbach. Wachholz’s works are regularly shown in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and institutions all around the world, including Kunstraum Alexander Bürkle, Freiburg; Haus für zeitgenössische Kultur, Maastricht; Kölnischer



Born 1984 in Cologne, Germany
Lives and works in Cologne, Germany


Art Academy Düsseldorf with Prof. Marcel Odenbach, Prof. Katharina Grosse
Diploma, Communication design, University of applied Science Dusseldorf, Germany

Selected Solo Shows

"Square dance", THK Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
"Keep the fire burning", Ruttkowski;68, Cologne, Germany
"Let’s Get Lit" with David Renggli, Wentrup, Berlin, Germany
"Cha Cha Cha" with David Renggli, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
"Alumettes Amorphes", Ruttkowski;68, Paris, France
"CAPRI", Kunstverein Heppenheim, Germany
"Books and Boxes", Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
"Soft Painting", galerie lange + pult, Zurich, Switzerland
"LIGHT", Natalia Hug, Cologne, Germany
"Fire Walk with Me", Ung5, Cologne, Germany
"Strike Gently", Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
"Whiteout", Nymphius Projekte, Berlin, Germany