b. 1988, Germany

Astrid Styma Biography

In Astrid Styma's (*1988, lives and works in Düsseldorf) subtle paintings, items and the human body appear isolated without a situating environment and seemingly without spatial or contextual relations. In some paintings, the clear, stylized forms of crystal glasses stand out against backgrounds of delicate, pastel color gradients, while in another series of works it is the naked human body (parts) – including the artist's – that show, sometimes expose, themselves to the viewer's gaze. The smooth to fragile silhouettes reveal much of the three-dimensional sculptural qualities of these bodies, of the texture of their surfaces, of their soft- or coldness.

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Styma's works possess a sublime impact. Subtle shifts in the combination of motif, style, and representation literally disenchant the 'painterly' illusion, tipping the art-beautiful into the unadorned. Instead of seducing us into alternative worlds, Styma's paintings point directly back into their own direction, casting a cold light on the 'subject of contemplation'. They are exciting because reality is skewed here, but does not tip over – because Alice staggers towards Wonderland, but does not fall.

Astrid Stym, born in 1988 in Hannoversch Münden, studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the classes of Thomas Grünfeld and Eberhard Havekost.

Text courtesy SETAREH.

Astrid Styma Featured Artworks

Morgen by Astrid Styma contemporary artwork painting
Astrid Styma Morgen, 2020 Oil on canvas
100 x 60 cm
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In Control by Astrid Styma contemporary artwork painting
Astrid Styma In Control, 2020 Oil on wood
60 x 85 cm
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Bathroom elegy by Astrid Styma contemporary artwork painting
Astrid Styma Bathroom elegy, 2020 Oil on panel
31 x 22 cm
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The drowry by Astrid Styma contemporary artwork painting
Astrid Styma The drowry, 2020 Oil on panel
57 x 40 cm
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Orchestrating Love by Astrid Styma contemporary artwork painting
Astrid Styma Orchestrating Love, 2020 Oil on wood
57 x 40 cm
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Bond and Boundaries by Astrid Styma contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Astrid Styma Bond and Boundaries, 2019 Oil on wood
57 x 40 cm
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Astrid Styma Recent Exhibitions

Astrid Styma Represented By

SETAREH contemporary art gallery in Düsseldorf, Germany SETAREH Berlin, Düsseldorf
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