Stefan Schwarzer


Invitation to the next exhibitions

28.07. - 26.10.2016 // "Förderpreis des Bodenseekreis" - group exhibition, gallery Bodenseekreis, Meersburg
09.09. - 30.10.2016 // "reset - new codes" - group exhibition, gallery Bueffelfish, Dresden
17.11. - 10.12.2016 // "Vehicolecciónes" - solo exhibition, galería Teodoro Ramós Blanco, Havana/Cuba
25.11. - 31.01.2017 // "ZEITENWENDE DIGGER :)" - group exhibition, gallery Bueffelfish, Dresden

//Represent by the BUEFFELFISH contemporary fine arts gallery, Dresden

Stefan Schwarzer


 Buzand 31-10-2015 | Yerevan to go

Yerevan to go

Series of Drawings
40 Single sheets
Colores pencil on paper
Size 29,7 x 21 cm (single sheet)

Three weeks Stefan Schwarzer walked daily without a destination through the public space of Yerevan to document his perception spontaneously and fragmentarily. As soon as a object generated his attention he drawed these immediately while standing or sitting on the street. His drawings combined the artist with frottages from of different elevated surfaces which he discovered in his ways. In consequence of this working method Stefan Schwarzer documented the Armenian capital in individual fragments from which he developed spontaneously playful compositions.


 Auf-dem-Weg-nach-Yerevan 01-11-2015 | Outside from Yerevan

Outside of Yerevan

Series of drawings
16 Single sheets
Colored pencil on paper
Size 42 x 29,7 cm (Single sheets)

During his month-long stay in Armenia Stefan Schwarzer traveled with a guide in the car through the country. Because of the difficult road conditions and problems to work directly in the countryside stationary he has to improvise. From this fact, arose the idea to draw during the driving. The fragments of the in brief moments perceived countryside and objects were directly documented with colored pencils. Because of the bumpy and winding roads developed a sign language and moreover, a method to document the unique Armenian landscape.


 Nr-42 | Symbols of absence

280 Symbols of absence

Series of drawings
280 single sheets
Colored pencil on paper
Size 10,5 x 7,5 cm (single sheet)

During the daily excursions in Yerevan Stefan Schwarzer noticed many objects which are used as parking signs. In consequence of this observation, the artist dealt with these signs precisely and discovered their different materiality as well as the way of production. Each individual object was unique. Several days Stefan Schwarzer walked through the streets of Yerevan and documented this Parking signs photographically to draw these with colored pencils after his return to Germany with every details.


 Ausschnitt-aus-der-Installation | Sechzehntausend Km

1600 Km

Series of drawings
23 Single sheets
Colored pencil on paper
Size 50 x 110 cm (Single sheets)

1600 Km traveled Stefan Schwarzer by car and with a guide through Armenia. During the car rides were made countless notes, drawings, and photographs. From these fragments from in brief moments perceived armenian countryside were made drawings on large format paper strips, which illustrate in their entirety a panoramic picture of memories and perceptions from the artist.

Stefan Schwarzer


 Cover | Estudios de La Habana

Estudios de La Habana

Artist book
450 pages / colored pencil an digital print on paper
Size 29,5 x 21 x 4,5 cm
dust cover is a printed and painted cuban flag
Handmade / with audio cd: La voz de la calle
Edition 20+1 a.p.

The documentation diary Estudios de La Habana originated at the period of a semester abroad at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Cuba. Six months Stefan Schwarzer walked daily Stefan Schwarzer trough Havana and documented his perceptions in the form of drawings, Photographs, found objects and notes. Every evening he noted his experiences and observations and drew the traveled distance of the day in a city map. Likewise, all created drawings and photos are arra ged. This pool of notes, fragments and ideas for works was ordered by Stefan Schwarzer after his return and summarized in a documentation diary.


 Detailansicht | La Calzada de Infanta

La Calzada de Infanta

Drawing (series)
5 parts /Colored pencil on paper
Installation size 9,80 x 0,50 m

The La Calzada de Infanta is an exemplary street in Havana, with the typical mixture of buildings, a variety of architectural styles and forms of use. With the intention to investigate the architecture and the personal possession of the building by the inhabitants led to the idea to realize a series of drawings of the La Calzada de Infanta. In the period of two months Stefan Schwarzer drew each building completely of a two-kilometer road section. The artist worked directly on the street to document every detail, in which he sat on the respective opposite side of the building.


 Detailansicht | Los Cartaleras de Puplicidades

Las cartaleras de puplicidades

Drawing (series)
261 parts / Feltip pen on paper and cardboard
Installation size 4,00 x 2,00 m

In the work Los Carteles de publicidades Stefan Schwarzer studied the garish hand-painted shop signs in Havana. For several weeks, the artist walked trough the streets and drew each discovered sign directly on the spot. Through this process, a total of 260 different signs were documented. Each drawing or shop sign is an indication of the life of people in Havana. All drawings together can project a mirror image of the circumstances in Cuba.


 Ausstellungsansicht | El Mural

El Mural

acrylic paint on wall
Size 8,50 x 3,00vm

Stefan Schwarzer


 Habana-Libre | Bienvenidos


Drawings (series)
16 parts / colored pencil on paper
Size 21 x 30 cm (single sheet)

The series of drawings Bienvenidos were made in the first week of a six-month stay by Stefan Schwarzer in Havana. The intention was to document the perceptions spontaneous and simplistically amid of a new and unknown environment. Four days long walked and drew the artist every day several hours in the public space and developed playful compositions from the fragments of his perceptions.


 Installationsansicht | Acumulacion


12 Parts / Drawings, Photos, found Objects,Cork boards and corkboard needles
Size approx. 300 x 320 cm (Installation)

Influenced by the life which takes place in Havana on the street, Stefan Schwarzer worked from September 2013 to February 2014 also on the street. He walked daily without a destination for several hours through Havana. Spontaneously he stopped to draw, take pictures, take notes or collect on the street lying objects. The artist present his collection with the same visual intensity just as he has perceived Havana during his excursions himself.


 Calle-Sardenas-entre-Calzada-Ayestaran 25-11-2014 | Escenarios


Drawings (series)
16 parts / colored pencil on paper
Size 21 x 30 cm (single sheet)

Equipped with colored pencils and a sketch block Stefan Schwarzer walked daily through Havana documented public space in fast drawing lines. The spontaneous immediate work under the open sky and unforeseen circumstances forced to improvise and influenced indirectly the arising drawings.


 Installationsansicht | Trescientos Ladas desde La Habana

300 Ladas desde La Habana

Photos (series)
300 parts / Digital print on photo paper
Size approx. 240 x 255 cm (Installation)
Edition 5+1 a.p.

In the streets of Havana, there are a huge number of cars of the Russian brand Lada. For a month Stefan Schwarzer walked daily through the streets of Havana and took photos with always the same perspective from the characteristic side front of the Ladas. The artist used the working method of the empirical field research, to demonstrate the personal occupation of car owners in all facets. In the result he present by a color ordered view of 300 different Ladas.


 MZ-ETZ-251 | Vehiculos


Drawing (series)
157 parts / Feltip pen on paper
Size of single sheet 21 x 14,90 cm

The streets of Havana are dominated by cars from around the world. The Year of the individual vehicles goes back to the 1930s. The country of origin of a car brand, can be attributed to a symbolic meaning. Vehicles from the USA, from the former Soviet Union and now increasingly from China dominate the streets of Havana, this observation is related to the tumultuous past of Cuba.

Stefan Schwarzer


Cover | Die Schatzinsel

Die Schatzinsel

Artist book (unique)
224 pages / colored pencil, pastell on paper
Size 27 x 35 cm (double page)
Digital print on paper
Edition 19+1 a.p.

In the period 2010-2013 Stefan Schwarzer overdraw every page his my children‘s book "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson. The artist read the book double sided, and overdrew the double page with the content of the read with crayons and oil-pastels. Through this process, incurred a full painted unique book. This book was published as reproduction in a limited edition in Hesperus Verlag.


 04-08-2013 | Dozeland diary

Dozeland diary

Drawings (series)
10 parts / colored pencil on paper
Size 42 x 59,7 cm (single sheet)

It's Midnight, I'm lying in my bed. My room is dark, I can see nothing. In front of me there is a paper and colored pencils. I am very tired, trying not to fall asleep. Front of my "inner eye" images and sequences appearing, I transfer this to the paper.


Blatt-1 | Ein Kartoffeltier geht auf Reisen

Ein Kartoffeltier geht auf Reisen

Potato prints (series)
4 parts / acrylic paint on paper
size 42 x 59.7 cm (single sheet)
edition 3 + 1 a.p.

In investigations Stefan Schwarzer discovered the story, "Ein Kartoffeltier geht auf Reisen" from the primary school pupil Philipp. The artist contacted the ten-year-old author and asked him if he could illustrate his text. With his confirmation Stefan Schwarzer made an illustration with potato printing and sent him one edition.

Stefan Schwarzer


Einladungskarte | Kindergeburtstag


Vor-der-Performance | Kindergeburtstag


13.10.2012 | 15.00-19.30 Uhr
dieHo-gallery Magdeburg

Photo documentation
32 parts | digital printing on photo paper
dimension variable | edition 5+1 a.p

Stefan Schwarzer celebrated his 10th birthday with a performance again in a gallery in Magdeburg. The exhibition room was decorated according to a children's birthday. A photographer was engaged for the documentation of the party. In a playful way the 19 participants in the age between 7 and 40 years experienced the individual memories of children's birthdays again. After the end of the performance Children's birthday the party room was presented unchanged as an exhibition for three weeks.


Vega | I'm a Street Fighter

I'm a Street Fighter

Photografie / series
54 parts | digital printing on photo paper/capa
dimension variable | edition 5+1 a.p.

To the vernissage of the solo exhibition Street Fighter II Turbo, all guests could select one of twelve different masks, each one represented a fighter from the computer game Street Fighter II.
Every guest was portrayed with his mask by a photographer at the entrance of the exhibition space. Afterwards a selection of 54 portraits of the guests were integrated in the exhibition room.


Videostill | Fighting colours

Fighting colours

01:00 Min. | loop | edition 5+1 a.p.

Stefan Schwarzer recorded the title strip of the computer game Street Fighter II with a video recorder and extracted a one-minute video sequence out of it. Then he projected it onto a pane of glass, painted it over frame by frame, photographed and assembled it to an animation.


Radbjerg | Utopia


hestekraefter-I | Utopia


Drawings / series
158 parts | colored pencil, pencil,
watercolor on paper
size 21 x 29 cm (single sheet)

Stefan Schwarzer


Raumansicht | Zangief in my mind



Videostill-Zangief-bestraft | Zangief in my mind

Zangief in my mind

Room installation - multipart work
mixed media | room size 2 x 4 x 2,5 m

drawing and diary | 46 parts
pencil on paper | 21 x 14,85 cm

Video | 22:38 Min.| loop
edition 5+1 a.p.

Objects | 30 parts | dimension and
material variable

The concept for the art festival Begehungen Nr. 8 in a former prison in Chemnitz, was to create a fictional story with connection of the real place to the person Victor Zangief from the computer game Street Fighter II. Stefan Schwarzers intention was to give the observer various indications from the life of the fictional person Victor Zangief, through the creation of a complete prison cell with furniture, objects, drawings, diaries and letters. Each individual fragments in the prison cell was a reference to the past of the real place as secret police prision in the GDR and the real but fictitious figure from the computergame Victor Zangief.


Fighter | Tidy your game


Installationsansicht | Tidy your game

Tidy your game

Video collage
Three channel video projection | dimension variable

Fighter | 05:00 Min. | loop | edition 5+1 a.p.
Background | 05:00 Min. | loop | edition 5+1 a.p.
Word and number | 05:00 Min. | loop | edition 5+1 a.p.

Video recordings of the computer game Street Fighter II have been divided into graphical constituents. These elements were arrenged in three video collages with the titles Fighter, Background and Word and Number. They Video sequences recall of puzzle pieces and became reassembled in every collage with different views. Three types of devices formed from the starting material, which are summarized in a Triptychon.


Installationsansicht | Groggy


Drawing / series
204 parts | felt tip pen on paper
installation size 300 x 250 cm
size 21 x 15 cm (single sheet)

Over a period of 20 days Stefan Schwarzer made daily at least 10 drawings of fighters of the computer game Street Fighter II. The game was stopped at different positions and the frozen movements of the fighter were copied from the screen. By this concept the work Groggy emerged with 204 drawings.


Vorderseite-Computerspielverpackung | bit the middle ages

16 bit the middle ages

Echtings / series
16 parts | etching on handmade paper
installationsize 60 x 250 cm
size 10,8 x 16 cm (single sheet)| edition 3+1 a.p.

While playing the computer game Street Fighter II, the monitor was photographed in irregular intervals. From these were 16 photos selected and tranfered in etchings. The size of the printing plate corresponded to the original size of the computer game cassette.


Dhalsim | S.F.II.Turbo


Drawings / series
12 parts | fineliner on paper
installation size 80 x 250 cm
size 30 x 21 cm (single sheet)

Stefan Schwarzer copied the fighter - portraits from the computer game Street Fighter II Turbo - from the screen with quick gestures and sporadic views during the emerging drawing. The configuration of the single portraits are exactly similar to the template of the computer game menu.

Stefan Schwarzer


Der-Selbstangriff | Die Maerchenburg

Die Märchenburg

Series of drawings
20 single sheets
Crayon on paper
Size 29 x 21 cm (single sheets)


Videostill | Trance train

Trance Train

02:54 min. | single shot
loop | edition 5+1 a.p.


Smallox | Baltic faces

Baltic faces

Drawings / series
20 parts | earth, see grass, grass, coal,
colored pencil, pencil, acrylic binding agent on paper
size 29 x 21 cm

Stefan Schwarzer


B-Team-II | Anfang vom Ende


Stunde-Null-I | Anfang vom Ende

Anfang und Ende

Drawings / series
27 parts | oil pastels, colored pencil,
acrylic paint on cardbord
size 21 x 15 cm (singlesheet)


Linien-I | Linien 1,2,3


Paintings in public spaces / series

acrylic paint on wall | Görlitz
room size 6 x 6 x 2m

acrylic pain, spraypaint on wall | Görlitz
wall size 10 x 5m

acrylic pain, spraypaint on wall | Leipzig
room size 6 x 4 x 3m

Stefan Schwarzer

Solo Exhibition
2016 'Vehicolecciónes',
 Gallery Teodoro Ramós Blanco, Havanna/Kuba

'Walking with Wehle',
 German embassy, Yerevan - Armenia, documentation
2015 'Estudios de La Habana',
 Burg Giebichenstein - Hermesgebäude, Halle (Saale), catalogue

'Estudios de La Habana', Riera Studio, Havanna - Cuba, catalogue
2013 'Der blaue Blitz',
 Burg Giebichenstein - Hermesgebäude, Halle (Saale), documentation
2012 'Kindergeburtstag', dieHo-Galerie Magdeburg, catalogue

'Street Fighter II Turbo', Gallery Weltecho Chemnitz, documentation
2011 'Street Fighter II', Computerspielemuseum Berlin, documentation
2008 'S.Y.R.U', Koloni, Dresden
Group Exhibition
 Bueffelfish contemporary fine arts gallery, Dresden

 Kunststiftung des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle
2016 'Zeichnung raumüber | Kresba prostorem', Galerie Adlergasse, Dresden, documentation

'Druckgrafik V', Künstlerhaus 188 / Halle (Saale)

'Halle Havanna', Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule, Halle (Saale)

'Zeitreisende', Armenian Centre for Contemporary Experimental Art / Yerevan-Armenia, documentation

'Halle Havanna', Fundación Ludwig / Havana - Cuba

'Reset new codes', Gallery Bueffelfish, Dresden, documentation

'Förderpreis des Bodenseekreis', Gallery Bodenseekreis, Meersburg, documentation

'Sweeping Puzzle', Project room Treibhaus, Dresden

'La Habana, Umbruch auf Raten',
Kunstkabinen - Noch Besser Leben, Leipzig, documentation

'La Habana, die alltägliche Bühne',
Gallery from the Halle Art Club in the Opera, Halle (Saale), documentation
2015 'Brücke im Dschungel',
Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, documentation

'OFFM public art panels', Public space, Offenbach / Frankfurt

'B.R.O.G. #3', Westpol a.i.r Space, Leipzig

'Diplomausstellung der Kunsthochschule Halle Burg Giebichenstein',
Burg Giebichenstein - Hermesgebäude, Halle
2014 'Küchenstudio 3000', Previous kitchen studio 2004, Halle

'Kunsthalle 3000', Hermes building, Halle

'Clap', temporary space, Essen, website

'Die Gedanken sind frei', Salus GmbH, Magdeburg
2013 'In Formation 450 - 2', Ausstellungshalle Hawerkamp, Münster
2012 'Die acht besten Bewerber', dieHo-Galerie Magdeburg

'Neue Klasse', Wiensowski & Harbord Berlin, documentation
curated by Gregor Schneider and Christian Jankowski
2011 'Just printed', Galerie Module II Dresden

'Begehungen Nr.8', former prison „Kaßberg“ Chemnitz, catalogue
2010 'What´s up in Halle', Galerie Lorch + Seidel Berlin, catalogue
2009 'Strömungen', Riesa e.V. and Runde Ecke Dresden
10. Czech-German artist symposium, catalogue

'Zwischengrün', former rail unloading station Leipzig
project of the Leipziger Kunstvereins
2008 'Muralismo Morte', Motorenhalle Dresden, catalogue

'Stromkunst', Sweat Club, Leipzig
2007 'Cityclash', Fabrik Bautzen
2006 'Wurstfabrik', Alte Schlachterei Leipzig

'Spurensuche', Superkronik Leipzig

'Flour´n´sugar', former University Libary Leipzig
2016 'Urban Fine Art Meeting - Ruhr', documentation
Performance with Jens Besser, Ingo Munz und Rolf Schulz

Yerevan to go - Public drawing performance, documentation
Performance with Anush Ghazaryan, Angelika Morozova
2012 'Die Dreigroschenoper', Staatsschauspiel Dresden
Animation - Ein mögliches Ende
2011 '15,50 €', Hermes Halle, catalogue
curator of the art project together with Matthias Höhl

'Der Gelbe Klang' - Wassily Kandinsky, Pragerspitze Dresden
performative installation with Jens Besser,
Theresa Heckel and Felix Krüger, documentation

'Analog - Digital', Nostromo Görlitz, documentation
performance with Jens Besser
2008 'Die Falle' and 'Meine Mutti', Atelier Nawrotzki Leipzig
Associate Editor of drawing and poetry editions

Stefan Schwarzer

1984 born in Leipzig, Germany
2007 freelancing as video - performer
2008 Art studies, Burg Giebichenstein University
of Art and Design, Halle
programm: painting / graphics
degree course: image / space / object / glass
by Prof. Christine Triebsch
2011 Scholarship of the german national merit foundation

Jury award of art festival Begehungen Nr.8, Chemnitz
2012 Guest semester, Stuttgart State Academy of
Art and Design
programm: sculpture
degree course: video / performance / installation
by Prof. Christian Jankowski

Second prize of the dieHo-art prize, Magdeburg
2013 Studies abroad at Instituto Superior de Arte, Havanna

Foreign scholarship of Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
2015 Diploma - Visual Arts with award
Burg Giebichenstein - Kunsthochschule Halle

Armenia - Scholarship from the Art Foundation of Saxony-Anhalt and the German Federal Foreign Office

2016 Graduate scholarship from the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle

Six months work stay in Havana

Stefan Schwarzer

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