At first glance, Bisky’s early paintings resemble pop variations of Social Realism. Blond, blue-eyed boys, well-toned naked bodies and youth in all its sporting talent appear to confirm this cliché. After all, Bisky’s candy-coloured palette still appears to attest to the apparently artless world of light-hearted youth. However, upon closer inspection, the smooth surface of this alluring illusion is lacerated by crevices as destructive as they are deadly. Bisky exposes the underbelly of a youth culture rapidly sinking in a mire of consumerist nightmares. Cannibals devour body parts or trainers, young men urinate, fornicate, become inebriated, pillage and plunder. Yet they do not seem to be emotionally involved at all. In this way, Bisky ironically overstates experiences from a GDR childhood nourished by slogans of power and healthy youthfulness. To borrow Christoph Tannert's felicitous phrase, Bisky treats the "face of the socialist epoch”.
Norbert Bisky, who was born in Leipzig in 1970, has lived in Berlin since 1980. After completing his studies at the Berlin University of the Arts, he was awarded scholarships to continue his work in Madrid and in the artist’s village Schöppingen in North-Rhine-Westphalia. From the year 2000 onwards, his exhibitions have taken him all over Europe as well as to Korea, China and the United States.
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