Born 1987 in Berlin

Lives and works in Berlin


In Stefanie Heinze’s playful figurations, abstracted and ambiguous forms become recognizable as unexpected subjects. From disembodied body parts, to everyday objects, to animal-like figures, her subjects melt into colorful, fantastical backgrounds to create vivid visual worlds which reveal an interplay between high and low culture.


Heinze’s brightly colored, imaginative compositions are cleverly subversive in their details and symbolism, complemented with equally witty, lyrical titles. Although considered adjacent to abstract expressionism and the Leipzig school of painting, Heinze is categorically unique, as she explores new forms and possibilities of representation. The origins of her inventive paintings can be found in her intimate, delicate drawings, which capture just as much liveliness on their small scale as on the gigantic canvases.


In the short time since graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig, Heinze has exhibited widely. Her work will be part of the group exhibition at Le Consortium, Dijon in 2023 after her solo exhibition at Capitain Petzel in 2022. The artist has had solo exhibitions at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2021 and 2017); Petzel, New York (2020); Capitain Petzel, Berlin (2019); LC Queisser, Tbilisi (2019); Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf (2019); Mary Boone Gallery, New York (2018) among others. She has participated in numerous group shows including at the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2020); Saatchi Gallery, London (2018); Tanya Leighton, Berlin (2017); Good Press, Glasgow (2016); basis, Frankfurt (2015). Heinze’s works are in the collections of the MAMCO, Geneva; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden; the Marguerite Hoffman Collection, Dallas; the Pérez Art Museum, Miami; The Hepworth Wakefield, UK and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin.