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biography

1951             

Born in Munich to Martha Meuffels, a theater producer and Gerhard Szczesny, a writer

 

1957 - 1967

Primary and secondary school

Spends summers with his parents at the isle of Elba

 

1967-1969 

Attends a private school for Free and Applied arts in Munich

 

1970-1971  

At the same time he works as a freelance art critic for the “Abendzeitung” newspaper Munich

 

1969-1975  

Studies at the Munich Academy of Applied Arts and attends classes in art and art history and philosophy at Munich University

 

1974             

Marries Mechthild Moldenhauer

 

1975-1976  

DAAD Scholarship in Paris.

Birth of his son David

 

1979          

Birth of his daughter Sarah

 

1980          

Awarded a stipend for the Villa Romana scholarship, Florence

 

1981          

Organises the exhibition "Rundschau Deutschland", as protagonist of Germany´s Neo-Expressionist painting movement

 

1982-1983

wins the Rome prize awarded by the Prussian Academy of Arts Berlin

A year in Villa Massimo, Rome

 

1984-1998

Editor of the Journal “Malerei, Painting Peinture”

Travels with his father to Masuria

Spends time in Morocco

 

1987            

Birth of his son Roman

Travels to the United States, has his first major show, curated by Klaus Honnef in Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn

 

1989          

Birth of his son Aurel 

 

1990          

First trip tot he Caribbean. Barbados and Jamaica 

 

1991-1992  

Works on stage set for the Opera “Dunkles Haus” at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich

 

1993          

Spends time with Elvira Bach in Sicily and works ion “Fiumara d´Arte”

Meets Eva Klein in New York and works with Donald Kuspit on the Szczesny monograph, published by DuMont in 1995  

 

1994          

Moves into his New York studio Warren Street

 

1995          

“Voltaire project” in Postdam

Stays on the island Mustique for the fist time

Lindencorso art project in Berlin  

 

1996

Founding of the Szczesny Factory and first publications released by the associated publishing company International Senefelder Prize for Prints

 

1997          

Birth of his son Felix

 

1998          

Works on glass sculptures in Murano, Italy

Travels to Israel

Starts his “Kempinski Art Project” 

 

1999          

Marries Eva Klein on Mustique

 

2000          

Birth of his son Anton

“Living planet Art Project“ for the EXPO 2000 in Hanover

 

2001          

Relocates to his new Studio “Le Mas des Palmiers “ in Saint Tropez, from now on main residence for himself and his family

Working trips and artists in residence at a studio in Seville, on the rooftop of a museum 

 

2002          

“Premiere of Szczesny –the Film (directed by Curt Faudon, New York ) at the Cannes International Film Festival

“Szczesny Mustique” is released  

 

2003-2004  

Begins work on ceramic sculptures for the art project “Villa Soleil”, Terre Blanche in Tourettes as well as creating the concept for the art project “ Le Roc” Roquebrunne sur Argens

 

2005          

Begins work on the “ Le Roc” Roquebrunne sur Argens

 

2006          

Shadow sculptures all over the city of St. Tropez

Opening of the Szczesny Factory in Berlin

 

2005-2007

Mainau Island: A Dream of Earthly Paradise, Germany

 

2007             

Musée de la Photographie Villa Aurélienne, Fréjus

Centre d’art la Malmaison, Cannes

 

2008          

Shadow sculptures Grimaud, France

Art Project “summer in Tegernsee”, Germany

Shadow sculptures, Sternberg Lounge, Düsseldorf

Shadow sculptures, Villa Aurelien, Fréjus

Ceramics, Villa Domergue, Cannes

 

2009 

Caribbean Style, Szczesny Factory, Berlin

Garden show, Rechberghausen

32 sculptures for the Art Basel in Miami

 

2010          

Grand opening of the new atelier and establishing central storehouse in Saint Tropez  

Beginning of the Art Project Shadow Sculptures in Saint Tropez, Saint Moritz Sylt together with Jaguar  

 

2011            

Art Project Shadow Sculptures in Saint Tropez - Saint Moritz - Sylt together with Jaguar  

The city of Saint Tropez is honouring Stefan Szczesny´s 60th birthday with a large sculpture exhibition throughout the town

 

2012

Schatten im Park, Schloss Bensberg/Schloss Lerbach

Szczesny at the Adlon, Hotel Adlon, Berlin

Szczesny in Frankfurt, with main exhibition "Kunstgarten Palmengarten" at the Palmengarten, Frankfurt

Szczesny: Neue Wilden works from the 80s, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York

 

2013

"Saint-Tropez meets Miami", paintings and sculptures, Addison House Miami

"Méditerannée. L'esprit du sud" paintings at Gallery Guy Pieters, in Saint Paul de Vence

 

2014

"Saint-Tropez meets Miami", paintings and sculptures, CU-1 Gallery Miami

"Métamorphoses méditerranéennes", Palais des Papes, Avignon

"Paintings and ceramics", Galerie Sassi Milici, Vallauris

 

2015

Tree of Life and ceramics, Villa Domergue, Cannes

Szczesny at the Jigsaw flagship store, London

Galerie Kronsbein, Munich

Exhibition of sculptures, Domaine de la Croix, La Croix Valmer

 

2016

"Welcome to Saint-Tropez", redbox gallery, Zurich

 

2017

Retrospective Sculptures 2005-2017 at the Citadelle de Saint-Tropez

“Tour de l´Art” Steigenberger Parkhotel & Galerie Kellerman, Düsseldorf

Althoff Grand Hotel Schloss Bensberg, Bergisch Gladbach Cologne

 

2018

 Szczesny “ die andere Eva”  at the Galerie Reitz , Cologne

“Feedback” Galerie Heitsch, Munich

 

2019

"Szczesny-Céramiques", Lavoir Vasserot, Saint-Tropez, May 4-14, 2019

"Szczesny-Les Baux-de-Provence", Cité des Baux-de-Provence, June 1st, 2019 -February 28th, 2020

 


Since 1974 : Numerous solo and group exhibitions at art galleries.

Venues included : Munich, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, Zurich, Rome, Venice, Amsterdam, Saint-Tropez, Chicago, Miami and New York, as well as numerous art and building projects (amongst others: Lindencorso Berlin; Kempinski Marbella, Expo Hannover, Terre Blanche, Côte d'Azur).

Stefan Szczesny lives and works in St. Tropez and Berlin.