Robert Kraiss, Untitled (Das Duell Balthus vs. R. Crumb), 2019

Born in 1972 in Bonn, Germany

Lives and works in Köln, Germany


Robert Kraiss creates dense, labor-intensive drawings that dissolve before our eyes and then reemerge in a psychedelic spectrum of color. The artist's spontaneous mark-making and physical process brings his mythological imagery to the brink of destruction.  The selection of works pictured here are culled from several of the artist's series, illustrating his diverse influences and propensity towards creative experimentation. 


Robert Kraiss studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy with Georg Herold (master class student) and Oswald Wiener from 2000-2006. His work has been featured in exhibitions across Europe, including solo exhibitions at Tobias Hantmann Studio, Berlin; Norbert Arns Gallery, Cologne; Desaga Gallery, Cologne; and Kilchmann Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland.  Kraiss has been awarded grants by the Stiftung Kunstfonds Foundation, the Rheinlande and Westfalen Art Association, and the Friends of Düsseldorf Art Academy. He frequently lecutures on experimental drawing and recently completed a substitute professorship at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design, Halle Germany.


Installation shots