Maria Gimenez was born in Germany in 1981. She currently lives and works in Berlin and Muelheim. Leaving high school before formally finishing, Gimenez pursued her interest in the arts: she was active in theatre, film and music, until finally acknowledging that her greatest passion lay in painting, or as she suggests “echte malerei,” (real painting). During the early aughts, Gimenez fell in love with New York City, and for three years she would divide her time between the Bowery and Berlin.
Gimenez’s painterly technique and thematic subjects are her own views and ideas that she develops and cultivates independently, unhindered by contemporary schools, idols, programs, fashion, and theories. Her images have a marked propensity for the perverse and she manages to seduce the viewer directly into her work. Gimenez’s imagery is intuitive, not conceptual, and unveils her wit and inspirations: the images she paints often rise out of her subconscious and then follow an autonomous artistic fantasy.
Swift decisions lie in Gimenez’s work. Her painterly gesture and her understanding of the volatile dialogue between brush and paint are easily and readily translated onto the canvas through her composition and form. On first consideration, her paintings evoke a rough and expressive tenor and although the titles of Gimenez’s work pare lighthearted and even comical, the work itself is not.