Kargar's work

MANZUR KARGAR

Manzur Kargar

Manzur Kargar's new works were exhibited by Hohmann at Context Art Miami 2017, ART Palm Springs 2018 and also here in the gallery.

Although born in Afghanistan, Kargar was raised in West Berlin. He studied Fine Art and Painting in Braunschweig at one of the most prestigious universities for painting in Germany. His early career focused on epic paintings from mythological times of gods and goddesses amongst the architecture and environments of antiquity. This body carried him to success until his obsessions took him elsewhere. 

Having thoroughly explored the ancient cultural paradigms he turned his eye towards the icons of today’s society. Inspired by the images we are confront by daily within the media and advertising, he began to compose new bold, sexy, and passionate paintings showcasing the new mythological creatures of today. 

 

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GLAM

When we opened Manzur Kargar's last exhibition 300 guests crowded the opening reception. COVID-19 limited the guest list of the newest exhibition to one. Three days after the Berlin-based painter arrived in his California studio to finish the paintings for his newest exhibition, the city went into lock-down. It's a good thing that the virus does not affect creativity. Please enjoy the exhibition safely from a distance in this video.

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Manzur Kargar-Glam Exhibition

 

 

Manzur Kargar

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Manzur Kargar Video eng Final

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

“You paint what you see” says Kargar about himself and refers to art history: “Van Gogh painted the sun flowers because they were all around him, Monet his garden, Picasso his women and so on. If I look out the window of my Berlin apartment I don’t see landscapes. I live in an urban environment, I am surrounded by billboards and advertising is everywhere. These images have become part of my life whether I like it or not - they are part of our culture. When I paint I don’t want to lecture or give an opinion whether this is good or bad. I simply want to show how it is. I like the aesthetics and the beauty of this imagery but I also see the seductiveness and the danger that lies within. My paintings are meant to reflect this ambivalence.”

- Manzur Kargar

AVAILABLE WORKS

We have a substantial number of works immediately available, however our inventory changes frequently, so here are some examples of noteworthy works.  If you would like to know what we have in the gallery, please start the dialogue using the form below.

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All of Manzur Kargar’s works are original, one-of-a-kind paintings. Small works start at $3,200, mid-size paintings sell between $7,000 - 10,000 and large works sell up to $32,000.

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BIOGRAPHY

Manzur Kargar, an up-and-coming artist from Berlin, Germany was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was moved to Germany at a very young age and was raised in West-Berlin. He studied Fine Art and Painting in Braunschweig at one of the most prestigious Universities for painting in Germany.

The paths of Christian Hohmann and Manzur Kargar crossed first in 2000 and Berlin (Germany) was boiling of excitement and anticipation. The new millennium and the fact that Berlin was once again the capital of Germany and still the largest construction place in all of Europe had magnetic powers for all creative people. Musicians, performing and visual artists alike were moving to Berlin. The gallery in Hamburg had been running successfully for a few years at the time and a new challenge was needed. That started the planning of the opening of a new gallery in Berlin, which happened in 2001. One of the many artist encounters was with Manzur Kargar. What made Manzur stand out was the fact that he was little impressed by the hype and the anxiety that was going around Berlin. Unlike most other he had lived in West-Berlin long before the wall came down and he knew Berlin in and out before the new wave of people came to the city to re-discover it. When most artists tried to compete over who would be the craziest, most disturbing and provocative, Manzur simply wanted to create good paintings and he did.

Unimpressed by any trends or new techniques he was working in his own personal style and success proved him right. Since then Manzur has re-invented himself and created a completely new style, influenced by the advertising world around us. In his early work he depicted Roman-Greco mythology and created very contemporary paintings based on the ancient cultures. His recent work is a strong departure from the historical content.

Bold, provocative and sexy is the new language of his passionate paintings. His inspiration is the media and advertising world around us. While his earlier work depicted the gods and goddesses of Antiquity, his new work depicts the icons of our Modern times.

 

1965

Born in Kabul/Afghanistan

1985+

Moved to Germany, West-Berlin

 

Musician and composer in various band projectsMu

1988-1991

Studied painting at the HBK Braunschweig (University of Fine Arts)

1991-1994

Studied painting at the HdK Berlin (University of fine Art)

1996+

Lived and worked frequently in Los Angeles and New York

2006

Co-founder of the project space BEAT. contemporary art gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selected Solo Shows

2020

HOHMANN, Palm Desert "GLAM"

2019

 CHARISSCHWARZ GALLERY, Charisschwarz Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2018

Gallery Jaeschke, Braunschweig, Germany

2017

HOHMANN, Palm Desert, California, USA

2016

Burkhard Eikelmann Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany

2015

Simon Bart Gallery, Sardinia, I

2014

Kunst & Auktionen am Kettwiger Tor, Essen, Germany

2013

Burkhard Eikelmann Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany

 

Green Middle East, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

 

The Solo Project Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland

 

Swissotel, Berlin, Germany

2012

MyWay, Halle-Westphalia, Bielefeld, Germany

2011

Galerie Eikelmann, Düsseldorf, Germany

 

Qubique trade fair, Berlin, Germany

2010

Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA, USA

2009

Feminine Soul Hybrids, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin, German

 

STADTLADEN Berlin, Germany

2008

 BEAT. Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2007

BEAT. Galerie, Berlin, Germany

 

MENDO, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2006

MENDO, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2005

Gallery Kohinoor, Karlsruhe, Germany

2004

Plattform 45, Hamburg, Germany

 

Galerie Bongartz, Hannover, Germany

2003

Showroom Galerie Bongartz, Hannover, Germany

2002

Galerie Eikelmann, Düsseldorf, Germany

2001

Paravent-Projekt, Galerie Eikelmann, Düsseldorf, Germany

2000

Campo Tures, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selected Group Shows

2019

GROUPSHOW, Andreas Baumgartl Galerie, Munich, GER

2018

GROUPSHOW, Andreas Baumgartl Galerie, Munich, GER

 

EN BLOC, Codex Show Room, Berlin, GER

 

SUMMER EXPO, Simon Bart Gallery, Porto Cervo, Sardinia, I

 

Works on Paper, Codex Show Room, Berlin, GER

2016

Les Miniature, Codex Show Room, Munich, Germany

2015

Gallery Nolte, Münster, GER

2014

Galerie Best, Bielefeld, Germany

2013

EDGE AND SURFACE, Berlin, German

 

Portraits, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin, Germany

 

Simon Bart Gallery, Porto Cervo, Italy

2012

Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert CA/USA

 

Art San Francisco, CA/USA

 

LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA/USA

2011

BS-VISITE, Braunschweig, Germany

 

LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA/USA

2010

LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA/USA

2008

1 Jahr beat, BEAT.Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2006

SUMMERBEAT 06, BEAT.Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2005

5 Years of MENDO, MENDO, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

GERMAN PAINTERS, Hart Gallery, Palm Desert, CA/USA

2004

SUMMER EXPO, MENDO, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

Art Karlsruhe, Rheinstetten, Germany

2003

REPEAT II, Künstlerhaus Bergedorf, Hamburg/D

 

BLICK ZURÜCK NACH VORN, Plattform 45, Hamburg/D

 

art Karlsruhe, Rheinstetten/D

2002

REPEAT I, Galerie im Turm, Berlin/D  

 

GERMAN PAINTERS, Hart Gallery, Palm Spring CA/USA

2001

“…BLÜH’ IM GLANZE…“, Galerie Bongartz, Hannover, Germany

 

TROJA: TRAUM UND WIRKLICHKEIT, Landesmuseum Braun schweig, Germany

2000

TROJA: TRAUM UND WIRKLICHKEIT, Landesmuseum Bonn, Germany

1999

 Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany

 

GEGEN-STAND-HIGH-TECH, Vienna Art Center, Vienna, Austria

 

LAST SUPPER, Galerie Eikelmann, Essen, Germany

 

PARAVANT PROJECT, Galerie Eikelmann, Düsseldorf, Germany

1998

NEW YORK NEW YORK, Galerie Arke, Dortmund, Germany

 

Galerie Eikelmann, Essen, Germany

 

Art Frankfurt, Germany

1996

Tölke, Dehne, Kargar, Thiel, Galerie Hofkunst, Berlin, Germany

 

Casus Belli, Kunstfestival am Hafen, Antwerpen, Netherlands

 

Galerie Szmycinska und Stolz, Wiesbaden, Germany

 

Galerie InterArt, Cologne, Germany

1995

Momento Mori, Galerie Parzifal, Berlin, Germany

 

Herrschaft des Schönen, 2.Annuale, Berlin, Germany

 

Kargar, Schindler, Thiel, Galerie Parzifal, Berlin, Germany

 

Berlin-Moskau, Avantgarde Galerie, Berlin, Germany

 

Herrschaft des Schönen, 1.Annuale, Berlin, Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Collections

 

Berlinische Galerie
Volkswagen Wolfsburg
Manzur Kargar´s work is represented in numerous private collections in Europe and the USA

 

Projects

ARTISTS ON HORSES, artist music project with live performances,   recordings on vinyl and video productions

MOMAK-Project, Worldwide Virtual Museum of Afghan Artists
Göttinnen, Complete wall design of a taircase entrée with 24 oil paintings, private collection, Essen, GErm
Olymp, Interior design of a hotel suite with seven oil paintings on plastered, coloured walls and 40 hand-painted ceramic tiles, Campo Tures, Italy
BEAT. Contemporary Art Gallery, curator, Berlin, Germany
PAIN & PIXELS, photography and painting on industrial banners