"Nothing is as incorruptible as the line. Nothing captivates as strongly as color."
German painter Johannes Rave, born in 1955, places himself in the field of abstract painting, which, however, often plays with references to representationalism and in some works also with a figuration. He studied painting and graphics at the Art Academy Stuttgart under Rudolf Schoofs (1978 - 1986). In 1992, Johannes Rave received the scholarship of the Baden-Württemberg Art Foundation. After a few years in Asia, he now lives and works in Germany.
Technology as a means of expression
Johannes Rave does not work out of a medium, but chooses a fitting technique depending on what he wants to express. He takes the liberty to mix different materials such as oil and acrylic paint or oil and watercolor paints. He sees the innermost core of his work, even in his watercolors, which range from small formats to large formats - and are testament to great mastery of watercolor technique.Read more
A focus on watercolor painting
The freedom of his technique is reflected in his works. The result are hard or draughty elements in opaque colors and emotional, gestural backgrounds in flat colors. As arbitrary and spontaneous as Johannes Rave's images may appear, they still contain strict and seemingly organized structures. Even if the concrete elements seem to break with abstraction, they are nonetheless not tangible and not nameable.
Since 1983, Johannes Rave's works were part of over 100 solo and group exhibitions, mostly in Germany, but also in France, Italy, Switzerland and the USA. Works by Johannes Rave can be found in private collections and in the public domain.Hide