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Johannes Rave

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Johannes Rave - painter, draftsman
"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.

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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.

Exhibition successes

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.

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Aliens und andere Zeitgenossen

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The O-Numbers

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Credentials

Group exhibitions

  • 2016
    Postcards from the Edge / Espace – New York, Germany
  • 2015
    Nach vorne sammeln / Galerie Nöth – Kirchheim, France
  • 2015
    Anonyme Zeichner / Galerie Nord – Berlin, Germany
  • 2015
    Anonymous Drawings / artQ13 – Rom, Italy
  • 2015
    Anonyme Zeichner / Galerie Nord – Braunschweig, Germany
  • 2013
    Kollektivausstellung / Württembergischer Kunstverein – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2011
    Kollektivausstellung / Südwesttextil – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2010
    Jede Landschaft hat ihre Geheimnisse mit Christina von Bitter / Galerie Kränzl – Gaienhofen, Germany
  • 2009
    Singenkunst 2009 / Kunstmuseum Singen – Singen, Germany
  • 2009
    Sammlung Doris Nöth / Städtisches Museum – Kirchheim, Germany
  • 2008
    Du und ich – ich und du / Lothar Späth Förderpreis – Wehr, Germany
  • 2008
    Kombinat / Galerienhaus – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2008
    Moraltarantula 2 / Elektrohaus Hamburg – Hambourg, Germany
  • 2007
    Zeichnungen / Württembergischer Kunstverein – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2006
    Begegnungen / Schloss und Stadthalle – Aschaffenbourg, Germany
  • 2004
    Aus der Mitte der Sammlung / Galerie der Stadt – Wendlingen, Germany
  • 2003
    Dialoge - Gegenwartskunst in Wehr / Stadtmuseum – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2003
    Flüchtige Verfestigung / Hessischen Rundfunk – Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2003
    Accrochage / Galerie Kinter – Remshalden, Germany
  • 2002
    Regine Walter / Galerie Grashey – Konstanz, Germany
  • 2001
    Art Bodensee Dornbirn / Galerie14-1 – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2001
    release & Kunst release / EnBW AG – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2000
    Drei Räume, drei Maler / Galerie 14.1 – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2000
    Ausstellungsreihe lokal-global / Galerie im Thalhaus – Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 2000
    Über-Blick / Galerie Peter Herrmann – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1999
    Malerei / Galerie Grashey – Konstanz, Germany
  • 1997
    QuerSehenDenken / Galerie der Stadt Wendlingen – Wendlingen am Neckar, Germany
  • 1996
    Accrochage / Galerie im Stettener – Schloß, Germany
  • 1996
    Gullivers Reisen / Würtembergischer Kunstverein – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1995
    Art Frankfurt / Galerie Grashey – Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1995
    DREIZEHN / Galerie Grashey – Konstanz, Germany
  • 1993
    Drei Stuttgarter Künstler / Galerie von Kolczynski und Schweizerische Kreditanstalt – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1993
    Wege / Stadthalle Wehr – Wehr, Germany
  • 1992
    Accrochage - Arbeiten auf Papier / Galerie Grashey – Konstanz, Germany
  • 1991
    Kunst unterm Turm / Galerie unterm Turm – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1991
    Umspannwerk 5 / Umspannwerk – Singen, Germany
  • 1987
    Johannes Rave / Alpirsbacher Galerie – Alpirsbach., Germany
  • 1987
    Umspannwerk 1 / Umspannwerk – Singen, Germany
  • 1987
    Das künstlerische Schaffen rund um den Untersee / Stadthalle – Allensbach, Germany
  • 1986
    3 Künstler / Galerie Walz und Wetter – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1984
    Junge Malerei der Region / Galerie Vayhinger – Stadt Istres en Provence, France

Solo exhibitions

  • 2008
    Malerei und Zeichnung Johannes Rave / Galerie Kränzl – Göppingen, Germany
  • 2007
    Stuttgarter Fotosommer bei Südwesttextil / Südwesttextil – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2006
    Wasserfarben / Galerie der Stadt Waiblingen – Waiblingen, Germany
  • 2004
    Kollektivausstellung / Südwesttextil – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2001
    Unterwegs / Galerie 14-1 – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2001
    Überblick / Galerie Peter Herrmann – Berlin, Germany
  • 2000
    Im Schatten / Galerie Grashey – Konstanz, Germany
  • 1999
    Im Schatten Städtische / Galerie Ostfildern – Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 1998
    September / Schatten Galerie 14-1 – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1997
    Kleine Zwischenschau / Galerie Grashey – Konstanz, Germany
  • 1997
    Jedermann in Vietnam / Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingen – Maichingen, Germany
  • 1997
    August / Galerie Peter Herrmann – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1993
    Luftfahrt und andere Reisen / Galerie Grashey – Konstanz, Germany
  • 1992
    Johannes Rave / Galerie von Kolczynski – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1990
    Afrika - Als mein Großonkel in Rumänien war. / Galerie Nöth – Kirchheim, Germany
  • 1989
    Johannes Rave / Galerie Brigitte Wetter – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1987
    103. Kunstausstellung im Rathaus Waiblingen / Rathaus Waiblingen – Waiblingen, Germany
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