Since 1995, the german-Belgian artist Ulrike Bolenz has been one of the pioneers of photoplastic art, an art style that applies photography to transparent and partly plexi or polycarbonate shaped media after digital processing and alienation and, after further artistic editing, creates a unique symbiosis of photography, transparent sculpture and painting.The contents of her photoplastic expressionism are also reflected in her paintings and drawings: although their representations of human beings may at first glance radiate tornness and hopelessness in their artistic dissolution, they are nevertheless powerful, forward-looking and sublime. In this way, the artist succeeds in giving them dignity, individuality and determination in her preferred themes - the clear socio-critical examination of current discussions such as cloning, DNA/gene manipulation, social construction but also massification of human beings. Using and editing digital media in connection with painting, installation and sculpture, she creates multi-layered works, in which she investigates problems of today's society. Ulrike Bolenz is not afraid to take on major themes in contemporary history paintings.
Ulrike Bolenz (°1958, Castrop-Rauxel, Germany) lives and works in Vilvoorde, Belgium. She studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kassel, Germany. Her work has been exhibited internationally. Solo and group exhibitions were held in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Russia and Turkmenistan. Recent notable international exhibitions include the the MMOMA, Moskow, Russia (2021), the Russian Museum, Sankt Petersburg (2019) and The international Photo Exhibition in The National State Cultural Center of Turkmenistan (2020). Her work can be found in the following public and private collections: Collection Thyssen Berlin, Collection of the Senat for Culture of Berlin(Germany); Banque Brussels Lambert, Johnson & Johnson, Jan De Nul, Private Collection, ORSI Academy and Art Collection Galila Barzilai – Hollander (Belgium); Fondation Francès, Art collection and The Safa Collection ( France); Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Russia) and the Qatar Foundation Minister of Culture (Qatar). Her artist's monograph 'Der ewige Mensch' is published in November 2021.