Sebastian Gumpinger

Sebastian Gumpinger

lives and works in Mallorca, Spain

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Sebastian Gumpinger (born 1977 in Hanover) studied from 2009 to 2015 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich (master student) with Prof. Förg and Prof. Jean-Marc Bustamente. He lives and works in Mallorca. In the series ‘Steel Paintings’ Sebastian Gumpinger deals in detail with materiality and gesture. The line is the focus of his artistic work. He is concerned with the representation of an essence of form and gesture in space. Dynamic compositions result from an apparently intertwined structure of superimposed metal bands. The impression of writing can arise, but volatilizes in the next moment. 

Using a unique technique, Gumpinger achieves the illusion of object-like three-dimensionality and depth. On polished steel or copper plates he mills lines of different thicknesses with an angle grinder. In doing so, he follows an inner idea that is implemented in this one moment with an intuitive rhythm fed by experience. As the work progresses, the jigsaw is used. Each work contains the dualism between the artist’s will and those limits dictated by the material. The effect of the ‘Steel Paintings’ varies excitingly and surprisingly depending on the incidence of light and perspective. They are hybrids of wall object, kinetic image, engraving, drawing and relief.


  • 2009 – 2015 Academy of Fine Arts Munich with Prof. Günther Förg (master student) / Prof. Jean-Marc Bustamante
  • 1999 – 2002 Graphics and communication design U5 Academy Munich, DE


  • 2021 VOLTA Basel Art Fair, Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Basel, CH (G)
    “a potent sculpture” Kunstverein Neukölln, Berlin DE (S)
    Cross – Side Crystal Hybrid Orbital, HVW8 Gallery, Berlin DE (G)
  • 2019 “Sebastian Gumpinger. Steel Paintings,” Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart, DE (S)
    “Eigenbedarf,” Uferhallen Berlin, DE (G)
    “steelpaintigs”, Orangerie English Garden, Munich, DE (S)
    “Halbschatten”, Kunstverein Neukölln, Berlin, DE (G)
  • 2018 “Ufer.Open,” Uferhallen Berlin, DE (G)
    “Zeitformen,” Schlosspavillion Ismanning, DE (G)
  • 2017 “Finir en beauté”, BBK, Gallery of Artists, Munich, DE (G)
  • 2016 “borders and connections,” Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart, DE (S)
    Fine arts, Humboldtschloss Art Museum, Hettstedt, DE (G)
  • 2015 POSITIONS BERLIN Art Fair, Gallery Thomas Fuchs, Berlin, DE (G)
    “oxidized paintings”, The Bumiller Collection, University Museum Berlin, DE (S)
    Munich Pavilion, EMAC Festival, Rijeka, HRV (G)
  • 2014 “nowhere…”, Gallery Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart, DE (S)
    “art KARLSRUHE 2014”, Gallery Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart, DE (G)
  • 2013 “Sebastian Gumpinger,” Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart, DE (S)
    Festival international d’art de Toulouse, Toulouse, FR (G)