GAMA was born in Mongolia in 1977 and currently lives and works in Berlin. GAMA was born into a nomadic family and would move every four months as the seasons changed. His great aunt was an important shaman whose ability to connect with the supernatural world had a profound impact on the young boy. He eventually enrolled at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing where he studied oil painting. Finding that the prevailing academic approach did not satisfy him, he started looking at the works of European Old Masters in art books and pondering the works of contemporary German painters such as Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter.

In his paintings GAMA has always downplayed illusionism by drawing attention to their physical qualities, allowing oil paint to accumulate around the edges of irregularly shaped areas that look as if they could be peeled off the surface of the canvas. A naively painted light fixture frequently interrupts an expanse of sky and many of his homunculi dissolve into nothingness. His new paintings develop these ideas as he seeks analogies between childhood memories of Inner Mongolia and the world of fantasy so richly explored in the country where he has chosen to live.

biographical notes 

 

 

25.12.1977

born in Mongolia 

 

1996-2000  

Central Art Academy (CAFA) Beijing, China

2002-2007   

studies art under Gustav Kluge at the 'Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden

Künste Karlsruhe, Germany

2007-2008

M.A. at the 'Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, Germany

 

lives and works in Berlin

 

 

 

 

selected solo exhibitions

 

2020   

Fremdwald, Galerie Hilleckes-probst, Berlin

 

2019   

A KNIGHT IN PARADISE LOST , Chambers Fine Art, Beijing

 

2018

Budensauber, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin

 

2017

THE ONE, Galerie Frank Schlag, Essen

Just announced: Up, In, Out and Away, Peter Fingesten Gallery, 

Pace University New York.

FATA MORGANA, Chambers Fine Art, New York

 

2016

TAL DER KÖNIGIN, Galerie Michael Schulz, Berlin (Ca) 

             

2015

Idylls of the Kings, Chambers Fine Art, Beijing (Ca)

Idylls of the Kings, Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Fremde Winkel, Kunstverein Gera, Gera

Idylls of the Kings, Chambers Fine Art , New York

 

2014

Sky on the Ground, CIGE ART, Beijing, China

 

2013

Stelldichein, Galerie Frank Schlag & Cie, Essen

 

2012

Das Fest, Städtisches Museum Engen + Galerie, Engen 

 

2011

Losung, Galerie Frank Schlag & Cie, Essen (Ca)

 

2010

GAMA Galerie Haas & Fuchs Berlin, Berlin(Ca)
Kleinod Hospitalhof, Stuttgart(Ca)
INLAND Kunstverein Brühl

 

2009

GAMA, Arbeiten 2007 -2009

Galerie Frank Schlag & Cie, Essen (Ca)

 

2008

Vorort, Playstation Fons Welters, Amsterdam

Preisträger Welde , Landratsamt Heidelberg

 

2007

Zweitraum, Inka Christmann, Karlsruhe 2006 

 

2005

GAMA, SCHARFE MESSER, V8 Plattform für neue Kunst, Karlsruhe

 

 

 

selected group exhibitions

 

2019

CHAMBERS REVIEW II, Chambers Fine Art, New York

 

2018

FAUNA – Künstler sehen Tiere, Galerie Stötzel-Tiedt, Goslar

 

2017

Zu Gast bei Ketterer Kunst Berlin

DIE SAMMLUNG KORNELIA UND DR. HARALD FRISCH

„021“ Kunstmuseum ShangHai, China

 

2016

H.D. Buttercup´s Apartment, H.D. Buttercup, Los Angeles

 

2015

Frisch Aus Berlin - Einblicke In Eine Besondere Sammlung - Stadtmuseum Oldenburg         

 

2014

New Acquaintances, Chambers Fine Art, New York

Time is a Saw: Established and Emerging Contemporary Chinese Artists, Crossman Gallery,  

University of Wisconsin Whitewater

Salon, Michael Fuchs Galerie, Berlin

 

2013

Play – The Frivolous and the Serious, me collectors room

Stiftung Olbricht, Berlin

Landschaftsgänger, Parrotta Contemporary Art - Stuttgart Traumwelten, Michael Fuchs Galerie, Berlin

 

2012

Artists Invite Friends, Michael Fuchs Galerie, Berlin

Hang on, Michael Fuchs Galerie, Berlin

2011

Bildräume – GAMA/Susanne Zuehlke: Abstraktion-Figuration, Kunstverein Leimen
Schach!! KunstmuseumMülheim an der Ruhr

 

2010

COCKTAIL Galerie Frank Schlag & Cie, Essen
SUPER BOPP Galerie im Regierungsviertel/

Forgotten Bar Project

Night of the Pawn Werkschau Halle 12,

Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig

 

2009

In Every Dreamhome A Heartbreak - (Ir)reale Raumwelten in der Malerei Galerie Frank Schlag & Cie, Essen
Open Museum Bratislawa, Slowakei
Fantastischkunst aus Baden-Württemberg Kunstverein Pforzheim

 

2008

TOP 08 Meisterschülerausstellung Kunstverein Heilbronn
Leinzell open 2008 ,Schloss Leinzell
Sag, was malst du da? Stadtgalerie Schwaz
black water, Doppelausstellung mit M. Grudziecki,
städt. Galerie, Offenburg

 

2007

Mund auf Augen zu, W. Hoffmann - Riem, Karlsruhe

 

2006

produzentenallergie Plattform für neue Kunst, Karlsruhe
new spot Kaiserpassage 4, Karlsruhe
Die 11, Galerie Gerken, Berlin
oiltanking INTERprojekte, Berlin