About The Artist

“Markus Hermannsdorfer is an interdisciplinary contemporary artist who skillfully combines photography with painting and experimental projects. His works open up a new view of reality for the viewer and often question it.”

Sara Alavi Kia, Valuations Manager, Sotheby’s Cologne

Can art solve major global problems?

Markus Hermannsdorfer’s works are thought-provoking and generate attention. They provoke and call for action. The artist knows that enough attention can change the world. His artworks have attracted the attention of well-known art galleries and companies, including Strelzki, Sotheby’s, Nike, Microsoft and Warner Bros. for causes like ocean plastics, electronic waste, and loss of biodiversity.

Hermannsdorfer uses posters or photographs of everyday objects and changes their message by painting elements to them. This technique, known as “overpainting,” gained widespread notoriety primarily through the German abstract artist Gerhard Richter. Unlike Richter, Hermannsdorfer does not use this technique to hide objects or immerse them in blur. Instead, he uses overpainting to highlight objects or add a new component.

Hermannsdorfer, who works as a commercial photographer for hotels and tour operators, prefers orange and blue tones. The bright colors give his paintings character and a special depth.