Cornelia Baltes

Cornelia Baltes is a German artist known for her paintings and installations that stand on the edge of abstraction and figuration.

Corporeal elements such as hands and feet, part of a face, often captured in motion, are teased out of bold colour fields and gestural forms that combine to hint at a narrative in pictorial space.

In crystallising ‘moments’ that seem charged with intensity and dynamism, Cornelia Baltes invites us into a coherent world where spontaneity and playfulness are balanced with unexpected detail: both meticulous and specific, yet light and effortless. Although the work allows us to feel it could have exploded into being, the thoughtful use of material tells us otherwise.

Dense pigment is applied in a tightly controlled palette as solid fields or fine gradations which reveal or conceal the raw canvas, while 'spontaneous' brushstrokes are placed with care in spare but vibrant compositions. Tellingly, her approach to installation is a natural extension of this, anticipating lines of sight to allow the audience to feel the satisfying snap of creating a perfect composition.

This all signals a generosity to the viewer which also extends to the imagery in the work, which is open enough to invite us to overlay our own subjective experiences, morphing for each of us into a different narrative, into something personal and almost intimate while at the same time being open and universal in its ability to do so.


Born in 1978, Mönchengladbach, Germany

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany



MFA, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK


Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, Germany


Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions


Waggle Dance, rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium

Lazybones, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA USA


Eigenbrötler, EIGEN + ART Lab, Berlin, Germany


Tit for Tat, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark


Teamwork, Frutta, Glasgow, UK

Wallpaintings, Chapter Arts Center, Cardiff, UK

Mingle Mime, Bolte Lang, Zurich, Switzerland


Capri, Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark


Drunk Octopus wants to fight, Limoncello, London, UK

Gone Fishing, (duo with Jean-Phillipe Dordolo), Centrum, Berlin, Germany

Eclipse, @ung5 (curated by KubaParis), Cologne, Germany


Tiny Dancer, Kunstverein Ulm, Ulm, Germany

Turner, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK


Schnick Schnack Schnuck!, Limoncello, London, UK

There’s a light and a whistle for attracting attention, DREI, Cologne, Germany


HOOLOOVOO, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK


The great Loop forward, Tank Gallery, London, UK


Schon wieder Winter, Solaris e.V. Düsseldorf, Germany

Group Exhibitions


State of Play, Canary Wharf outdoor exhibition curated by Brooke Benington, London, UK

Girl meets Girl, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Oslo, Norway

Neun Positionen der Jungen Malerei, Landesmuseum Detmold, Germany

Trio Feminin, Christine Köning Galerie, Vienna, Austria


Jahresgaben Ausstellung, Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen, Germany


Cadmium Lemon, (curated by Cristina Anglada) Galeria Pelaires, Palma, Mallorca, Spain

You can do better - Bad Painting, (curated by Laura Helena Wurth), Elektrohalle Rhomberg, Salzburg, Austria

Jetzt! Junge Malerei in Deutschlan, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg,  Germany


Jetzt! Junge Malerei in Deutschland, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Museum Wiesbaden, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany


The Everyday and Extraordinary, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery / Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, UK


Schau 4, Kunsthaus Kollitsch, Klagenfurt, Austria

An eyefull of wry, Government Art Collection, Hull, UK

You see me like a UFO, Marcelle Joseph Projects, London, UK

Jump, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark

Home is not a place, (curated by Marlene von Carnap, Coraly von Bismarck), German Embassy London, UK

Every Line tells its own story, Nathalie Halgand, Vienna, Austria

31 women, Breese Little, London, UK

Jump ball, Dio Horia, Mykonos, Greece

Cinque Mostre, American Academy in Rome, Italy

Jokes on Painting, Schau Fenster, Berlin, Germany


Catherine Biocca, Cornelia Baltes, Rosalie Schweiker, curated by Louise Hobson, Mission Gallery, Swansea, UK

Double Acts, At Home Salon, curated by Marcelle Joseph, London, UK

Alice in Crisis, Dio Horia, Mykonos, Greece

New Adventures in Vexillology 2, curated by Valeska Hageney, Kunstverein Amrun, Geramny

Life Eraser, curated by Domenico de Chirico, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy

Your Swath, My Jab, DREI, Cologne, Germany

Inflatable Aesthetics, Hawaii-Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

True Love Over Physics, Coma Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Wilhelm screams, The Landing Strip, Berlin, Germany

Gestalt and Werden, Feldbusch Wiesner Rudolph, Berlin, Germany


Women’s Art Society II, MOSTYN, Wales, UK

Oh, of course, you were berry picking, DREI, Cologne, Germany

Feel the discourse, (curated by Christina Ramos), Guest Projects, London, UK


100 Painters of tomorrow, Book Launch, Christie’s/Beers Contemporary London, UK

Off the wall, Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany

East London Painting Prize - shortlist show, Bow Arts, London, UK

VitalArts (Commission), The Royal London Hospital, UK

Apples and Pears, DREI, Cologne, DE


Curiosity and Method, Less is More Projects, Paris, France

Carousel, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK

Nur was nicht ist ist möglich - Malerei im Raum, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germnay

Zero Gravity, Less is more projects, Paris, France


Chimera Q.T.E., Cell Project Space, London UK

P/N/7 The summary show, Project Number, London, UK

Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy London, UK

Curatorial Spotlight, FordProject, New York, NY USA

Young British Art II, (curated by Ryan Gander and Christina von Rotenhan), Dienstgebäude, Zurich, Switzerland


Crash Open Salon Show, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London, UK

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011: In the Presence, ICA, London, UK

Postgraduate Printmaking Exhibition 2011, Clifford Chance, London, UK

Helter Skelter, UCLH Arts, London, UK

Jealous Graduate Print Prize, Jealous Gallery, London, UK

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011, Site Gallery/ S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK

MA/MFA Show 2011, Slade School of Fine Art London, UK


John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Istanbul was Constantinople, Hush Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Slade Interim Show, Woburn Research Center, London, UK

Art in Focus: Black and white Flower painting, St. Mary‘s Hospice, London, UK

Threads, Tank Gallery, London, UK

Exhibitionism, Eastwing 9 The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London, UK


3 in 1, Kunsthaus Essen, Germany

Große Kunstausstellung NRW, Museum Kunst Palast Duesseldorf, Germany


Love Stories, GAM – Galerie am Museum, Essen, Germany

Ches Nouz, Kunsthaus Essen, Germany


Enface, diploma exhibition, Forum for Art and Architecture Essen, Germany

Pentiment - Show, Summer Academy, Hamburg, Germany

Ruhrpuls Music and Art Festival, Bochum, Germany

Herrengedeck, Gallery Brave Lotte, Duisburg, Germany


Sichtwerk, University Duisburg - Essen, Germany

Außenstelle No.2, Forum for Art and Architecture, Essen, Germany

Residencies, Grants and Awards


Neustart-Kultur, Kunstfonds Bonn e.V., Bonn, Germany


Working Grant, Kunstfonds Bonn e.V., Bonn, Germany


Project Grant, Kunststiftung NRW, Germany


Marianne Defet Painting Fellowship (selected by Kunsthalle Nürnberg), Nürnberg, Germany

Public Art Commission, VitalArts, London, UK


Graduate Printmaking Prize Winner, Jealous Gallery, London, UK


Finalist, John Moores Painting Prize, Liverpool, UK


Hartmut und Lore Schuler-Stiftung, Wuppertal, Germany


Scholarship, Pentiment Academy Hamburg, Germany


Government Art Collection, UK

Arts Council Collection, London, UK

V+A Collection, London, UK

UCL Collection, London, UK

Deji Art Museum, Nanjing, China

Private Sammlungen im In-und Ausland