Volker works in Berlin, was taught by his grandfather, the painter Otto Glossmann. Since 1985, abstract art predominate with references to abstract expressionism. "My pictures arise from all senses with love for enigmatic details".
ART Innsbruck 15. - 19. Januar 2019 mit 2 Ölbildern vertreten am Messestand der KitzArt Gallery
Tought by my grandfather, the German painter Otto Gloßmann, I began with realistic painting. Since 1985 predominates abstract painting with references to abstract expressionism. I paint intuitively and emotionally: I want to trigger impulses that try within the meaning of Antoni Tàpies, the soul of the viewer to vibrate. I want to create images in the mind and in the heart of the viewer, my painting as a medium that captures the imagination of others.
The art historian Gerhard Charles Rump about me: "Mayrs paintings in their combination of painterly gestures and visible structures of the colour mass are remarkable, the colours themselves, their tones. They move in rarely explored areas, do not jump at the viewer, but require sensitive approach and a willingness to see them with patience to see all traces of nuances. Images as they are dynamic in origin and have a form of inventory, that makes a meditative element.“
Two professions determined my life: painting and journalism: express myself, watch and describe what's happening with people and the world. My impressions were painted on canvas or paper and communicated by radio. Painting taught by my grandfather, journalism by studies at the Free University of Berlin in history, politics and communication, - completed with Master of Arts "summa cum laude".
Conclusion: I earned my living with both - painting and journalism and both with great pleasure and success.
I mostly paint with oil on canvas and like to prepare the canvas with gesso to create strong structured surfaces on which I paint with several thin and transparent layers of oil colours.
When I use gouache colours I often add oil crayons and I always paint on high quality handmade papers.
Der Kunsthistoriker Gerhard Charles Rump über Volker Mayr:
Mayrs Bilder in ihrer Verbindung von malerischen Gesten und plastischer Gestaltung der Farbmasse fallen auf, auch die Farben selbst, ihre Töne. Sie bewegen sich in selten ausgeloteten Bereichen, springen den Betrachter nicht an, sondern verlangen einfühlsame Annäherung und die Bereitschaft, sich im geduldigen Nachspüren von Nuancen zu üben.
Dadurch haben diese Bilder, so dynamisch sie in Entstehung und Formbestand sind, ein meditatives Element.
"Winsor&Newton Prize" of Palm Art Award 2018 with my oil painting "Space Patrol No. 2" from 2018
2018 Gallery Steiner Vienna group exhibition
2018Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery New York group exhibition
Volker Mayr: „Mata Hari in Berlin und der Kammerdiener von König Ludwig II. – Gedankenspiele mit 10 Illustrationen des Autors“ - epubli Verlag Berlin 2015 -