Karl Gietl comes back to Joburg for a solo exhibition of his latest paintings, taking us for a journey through downtown’s backstreets to suddenly emerge on the bustling boulevards of the city and, in the same breath, enter the intimacy of a bedroom.
Gietl paints the terrible beauty of life in visual tales happening when people get together, with bliss and desire, death and memory. Le Café de la Vie!
The exhibition features thirty-two richly layered compositions painted by Karl Gietl with superb skills and commendable patience, bringing to life his very own universe, somewhere over the rainbow.
Born in Worcester in 1970. Lives and works in Sète, France.
A Series of Travels, solo exhibition, Afronova Gallery, Johannesbrug, South Africa
One for the road, solo exhibition, Afronova Gallery, Johannesbrug, South Africa
Afronism, group show, Afronova Gallery, Johannesbrug, South Africa
Double 007, Group show, Polokwane art museum, Polokwane, South Africa
Myths and memories, solo exhibition, Villa Arcadia, Johannesburg, South Africa
A search for Paradise, solo exhibition, Afronova Gallery, Johannesbrug, South Africa
City people mythologies, touring solo exhibition, Johannesburg, South Africa, Mbabane/Swaziland, Maputo/ Mozambique, Cape Town, South Africa
Identity, Group exhibition, Circus Theater, Bildenburg, Holland
Bringing it All Back, solo exhibition, Joao Ferreira fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa
The Fun Never Sets, two man show with Wayne Barker, Everard Read contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa
Twenty Four Seven, Group exhibition/residence Project, Johannesburg art gallery, South Africa
You can get There from Here, solo exhibition, Rembrandt van Rijn Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
I Lost my Heart in Troyeville, solo exhibition, Spaza art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
There is no Place like Home, solo exhibition, Sterkwerk gallery, Tilburg, Holland
Neither Here nor There, solo exhibition, Gallery Doreen Dierckx, Antwerp, Belgium
Body and Soul, solo exhibition, Moba art gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Hanging Around, Group exhibition, Kunstcentrum, Sittard, Holland
Dress Code, Group exhibition, Gallery 1646, Den Haag, Holland
Artol: Labor 6, Group exhibition/workshop, Bedburg-Hau/Kleve, Germany
It’s a Small World after All, solo exhibition, Joao Ferreira Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa
A Day in the Life, Absa L’Atelier award, first prize, Polokwane art museum, South Africa
Safe Passage, solo fringe exhibition, 2nd Johannesburg biennale, South Africa
One Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety Six, installation piece, Rembrandt van Rijn Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Marchons!, group exhibition, French Institute of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa
Unplugged, group exhibition, Rembrandt van Rijn gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
FIG Again, group exhibition, Famous international gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Four Rooms, group exhibition, The Johannesburg civic gallery, South Africa
Spring Time in Chile, group exhibition, Contemporary Museum of Modern Art, Santiago, Chile
Brown and Green, group exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa