Michael Apitz

German painter

Michael Apitz was born in Eltville in the Rheingau region (Germany) in 1965. Even at a very young age, when he still went to kindergarten and school, his talent for painting was evident. He published his first comics in pupil’s and teenage magazines and later made his passion his profession.

He is famous for his successful comic series “Karl, der Spätlesereiter”, which he invented together with Patrick and Eberhard Kunkel – a childhood friend and his father. Since 1988, twelve volumes of the comic have been published.

Since 1995, apart from comics and graphic works, Apitz has mainly been working on paintings with a focus on landscape art and subjects from the Rheingau and the Middle Rhine Valley. Landscape art was also the subject of his diploma, which he received at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden in 2000. Time and again, wine and vineyards have played a central role in his works. This is also true for his best-known painting, „Welterbe-Wein-Triptychon“ (German for world heritage wine triptych), which was created in 2006 and has been displayed, among other places, in Eberbach Abbey, a Cistercian monastery, and in the garden of the Representation of the State of Hesse in Berlin.

In addition, Apitz has dealt with the subject of urban landscapes. A series of paintings called “urban” can be understood as an artistic duel between the state capitals MAINZ and WIESBADEN and offers unusual views of the two cities, which are only divided by a natural border, the Rhine.

Michael Apitz was awarded the Rheingau Kulturpreis in 1997 (a cultural award tendered by the Rheingau region) and lives with his wife and two children in a small village in the county of Rheingau-Taunus. Solo exhibitions of his works were shown in Eberbach Abbey; Wiesbaden; Mainz; Frankfurt; Koblenz; Bayreuth and Berlin, among others.


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    Wagner, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, 2014. Designed after a famous photograph, Michael Apitz created the likeness of the composer as a wild mesh of expressive colors and forms. The composition reflects Wagner’s music by using the means of painting. This is the first of the “Komponisten-Portraits” (portraits of composers), a series of paintings the artist is currently working on.
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    Temple, 150 x 150, 2013; urban series. Apitz’ last series of paintings was called „urban“. In this, he dealt with the topic of “Stadtlandschaften” (urban landscapes) and explored motifs in his own neighborhood of Mainz and Wiesbaden. He translated the urban impressions he received into imagery and by doing so found new artistic means of expression. This series of works resulted in his color application becoming flatter and more spotted.
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    Zementwerk (work of cement), 140 x 149 cm, 2013, urban series
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    DOM (cathedral), 250 x 130 cm, 2013, urban series
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    Porta Nigra, 100 x 100, 2012
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    Binger Loch, triptych, 150 x 150, 2011, Rheinreise (journey on the Rhine) series. Time and again, the Rhine occurs as a topic in Apitz’ paintings, from different perspectives and in varying degrees of abstraction. This riverscape, which he has known since his childhood days, provides a sense of bearing to his work of painting. It serves as a foundation to the artist in his experimental search for new pictorial worlds.
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    Deutsches Eck, 150 x 180 cm, 2011, Rheinreise series
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    Gedeinseck, 150 x 180 cm, 2011, Rheinreise series
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    Loreley, acrylic on canvas, threepart, 120 x 120 cm, 2011, Rheinreise series
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    Kallmuth, 165 x 130 acrylic on canvas, 2008, „13“ series. Probably more than any other artist before, Apitz has been concentrating on the depiction of vineyard landscapes for a few years now. His paintings capture the “soul” of the vineyards: Their structure reflects the uniqueness of this landscape, while their colors refer to the type of grapes, the taste and aromas of the wines, which grow in these vineyards.
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    Johannisberg, 120 x 120 acrylic on canvas, 2007, COLOURS of WINE series
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    WORLD HERITAGE WINE triptych, threepart, 350 x 900, acrylic on wood, 2006. This triptych really is a monumental painting with its size of 3.5 by 9 meters. It shows three vineyard landscapes in the Rheingau in the Hessian part of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley world heritage. The structures of this painting reveal what is typical of these vineyard landscapes, while its colors and moods of light refer to the taste and bouquets of the wines growing in these sites. In this sense, the paintings are visualized wine flavors. The paintings “Lorch” and “Rüdesheim” represent the sensorial subtleties of Riesling wine, while “Assmanshausen” refers to Pinot Noir. The triptych was first shown at the celebration of the grant of world heritage status at the Niederwald monument in Rüdesheim, Rheingau, Germany. Afterwards it was shown in Wiesbaden, Koblenz, Berlin and other cities.
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    Rheininsel, 80 x 110, acrylic on canvas, 2005, „RHEINLANDSCHAFTEN“ (Rhine landscapes) series
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    Earth, 100 x 100, acrylic on canvas, 2003, „Die 4 Elemente“ (the 4 elements) series
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    Rothenberg, 80 x 80, acrylic on canvas, 1999, „Rheingau Geschmackssache” (Rheingau, a question of taste) series




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