Karl Horst Hödicke is a contemporary German artist known for his Neo-Expressionist paintings of Berlin, the countryside, and imagined narratives. The artist’s broad brushstrokes and specific color palette provide his works with a sense of seeing a place through memory.
“I consider myself a conservative artist, conservative in my approach, because as a figurative artist, I’m convinced that art is about shaping a world as seen through your own eyes.” There is no contradiction between abstract and figurative art to Hödicke since he is constructing the world as he perceives it.
Hödicke moved to Berlin at the age of nineteen to pursue his studies at the Hochschule der Künste (now the Universität der Künste), where he later taught as a professor from 1974 until 2006. A co-founder, in 1964, of Großgörschen 35, a revolutionary cooperative gallery in West Berlin, Hödicke has continued to make a profound mark on the Berlin art scene. His prolific body of work includes paintings, sculptures and films.
His works have been shown in numerous solo such as Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (2013), Kunstmuseum Wien, Vienna (1999), Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao (1993) and other group exhibitions. His works have also been held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, and the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, among others.