Danja Akulin (1977 - )
Danja Akulin creates aesthetically minimalist conceptual drawings. His delicately and precisely crafted large-scale drawings are meditative, seemingly dissolving and coalescing simultaneously as the viewer strives to make sense of the storm of abstract marks that compose his remarkably still images. The scale of the mark versus the scale of the image in Akulin’s work creates tension that further enforces the counterbalance between meditation and calculation, creating a mesmerizing simplicity of remarkable impact.
Danja Akulin was born in 1977 in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Russia. He studied art in the Free Art Department at the Berlin University of Arts in Professor Georg Baselitz’s art studio. In 2006 he completed the Advanced Master Program, also at the Berlin University of Arts. Akulin continues to live and work in Berlin.
Selected Exhibitions and Art Fairs
2011 Landscapes. Heckenhauer Gallery, Brussels, Belguim.
2011 Monte Verita. Kunstverein Familie Montex, Frankfurt, Germany.
2011 (Moving) Identities. Gallery JJ Heckenhauer, Tubingen, Germany.
2011 Black out. Rizzordi Art Foundation, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2010 Boomerang. Perm Biennial of Graphic Arts, Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm, Russia.
2010 ART.FAIR 21 (Michael Schultz Gallery), Koln, Germany.
2010 Munich Contempo Art Fair (Michael Schultz Gallery), München, Germany.
2010 V.I.P.R.I.P. Michael Schultz Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
2010 Art Paris (Michael Schultz Gallery), Paris, France.
2010 Art Karlsruhe (Michael Schultz Gallery), Karlsruhe, Germany.
2009 Danja Akulin. Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York, USA.
2008 Art Moscow (Triumph Gallery), Moscow, Russia.
2008 Laid down on canvas. Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York, USA.
2007 Signs. Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
2007 Survival Craft. Moscow Centre of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia.
2007 Sputnik: New Painting from Berlin. Claudius Gallery, Hamburg, Germany.
2007 Bridge Art Fair. The Trafalgar Hotel, London, UK.
2005 Nord Art 2005. Rendsburg, Germany.
2005 Subjective Obsessions. (Michael Schultz Gallery), Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany.
2004 Danja Akulin. Galerie Borkowski, Hanover, Germany.
2004 KMP. Offenhallen, Berlin, Germany.
2004 Identity in the digital era. Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany.
2003 Die Klasse von Baselitz. Galerie Helmut Leger, München, Germany.
2003 Insights: The Baselitz Class. Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin, Germany.