Born in 1962 in São Paulo, Brazil, the artist Ophelia Beckmann uses different techniques and media to realize her artistic ideas. She has been working with photographs intensively since 1998. Through her use of multi-layered, digital processing, new pictorial worlds emerge, which are characterized by her many years abroad in Brazil, the Netherlands and Greece. The artist has been living and working in Berlin since 1998.
Between painting and digital technology
Ophelia Beckmann's works are created with the eyes and the hand of a painter. She uses photography as a means to an end. Using digital techniques, she creates pictorial worlds from photographs that can not be ascribed to any genre of the visual arts and yet always make reference to already existing ones. The motifs that are eluted from everyday context change due to the abstracting alienation between intimacy and strangeness and always carry the impression of a painting in itself.
In her photographic works, Ophelia Beckmann deals with subjects that touch human nature. Withered nature, light, architecture, structures or banal scenes on the street are at the center. The work is not about documentation, but the exploration of light, materiality and color and the soul of the things that surround us.
Ophelia Beckmann's works have been shown at individual and group exhibitions in private and public institutions, for example in the Ministry of Economics Bonn 1991, Goethe-Institute Thessaloniki 1997, Mies van der Rohe Haus Berlin 1998 and 2017 and in the ep.contemporary Gallery Berlin since 2016.