* 22 August 1937 in Hamburg
German painter and poet
With his critical-ironic pictures, Matthias Koeppel is one of Berlin’s best-known painters.
From 1955 to 1961 he studies painting at the college of fine arts in Berlin. In 1960 he is appointed master student, and in the same year he is awarded the prize of the Great Berlin Art Exhibition. From 1961 on, Koeppel works as a freelance painter. He teaches at the college of fine arts in Berlin from 1971 to 1981; in 1973, together with the painters Manfred Bluth, Johannes Grützke and Karl Heinz Ziegler, he founds the School of New Splendor. In dissociation from abstract painting, they cultivate a satirical, irony-spiced realistic style. In 1972, Koeppel creates Starckdeutsch, an artificial language in which he publishes his parodist poems. From 1981 to 2003, the artist is a professor of drawing and painting at the architecture faculty of Berlin’s technical university. In 1990, Koeppel is one of the founding members of the Künstlersonderbund in Germany, an association that supports artists who pursue realistic tendencies of high quality in the fields of painting and sculpture. In 1997, the painter accomplishes the triptych ‘The Fall of the Berlin Wall’ for the Berlin House of Representatives. First neo-cubistic works are created in 2006. With neo-cubism, Koeppel enlarges the expressive potentialities of representational art. He writes a textbook, which is issued in 2016, together with his ‘Neo-cubistic Manifest’ (2013/16).
In recognition of his accomplishments, the artist is in 1998 decorated with the Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deuschland am Bande, and in 2014, the Verdienstorden des Landes Berlin. Since the 1960s, he has presented his works in a large number of solo and group exhibitions in Germany and abroad. Works by the painter are to be found i.a. in the Berlinische Galerie, the Berlin House of Representatives and the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin, a well as in private collections.