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Portfolio of artists who collaborate with Culterim Gallery.


I am a German artist of Canadian-Scottish, Russian-Ukrainian/Jewish origin. After ten years of living and studying in Scandinavia, the UK, Hawai'i, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, I now work from the freiLand cultural center in Potsdam.

My artistic training spans academic techniques, art theory, as well as collaborative and interdisciplinary creative practices. In terms of imagery, I increasingly draw from memory with a focus on the physicality of people and animals. With far from photographic recollections, I draw my way to figures I saw only briefly and/or long ago, by focusing on highly individual, expressive gestures as starting points: A homeless woman massaging her foot, a boy’s double chin and toothy grin, a whippet’s slender head slipping out of its collar. Essentially, my drawings and paintings reflect on historical, social and psychological rhythms in the tradition of humanist artists such as Paul Holz.


Evelina Reiter is a Berlin artist, she studied painting in Weissensee Art Academy in Berlin, lives in Berlin Moabit and currently works in Wedding. 


Franziska Koch, born in 1991 in Nuremberg, is a Leipzig-based painter and printmaker. At the Hochschule für Leipzig und Buchkunst Leipzig, she has been studying with Christoph Ruckhäberle, Franziska Holstein and Henriette Grahnert. In 2021-22 she studied abroad at the institut supérieur des arts et du design de Toulouse, supported by a scholarship from the Franco-German Youth Office. In 2023 she received a stipend of the international summer academy in Salzburg. She is anticipating her graduation from the HGB Leipzig in July 2024.


Jonathan Seungjoon Lee (2000 / Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a Korean American video artist and filmmaker working with themes of family, diaspora, and ecology.



The layers which form Passmore’s paintings are spontaneously created and destroyed within the city and studio alike. Striving to find a curious harmony between figuration and abstraction has led to a fascination within the ambiguous visual patterns of life.

This channeling of the uncanny has required a ‘Gestalt based order of things’ to battle for meaning within a world of chaotic expressiveness.


“I often wonder if water is to fish what time is to humans”

Fred Unruh, *94, born in the north of Germany. First studies in sociology and psychology in the south of Germany and Turkey. Since 2015 Berlin. Since 2019 STUDIO HUETTE. Since 2019 Diploma in Fine Arts/ Sculpture at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee. Since 2021 Lucia Loeser scholarship recipient.

In his works Fred Unruh always seeks a poetic understanding and real sensing. Being reduced to the detail, because the world is full of poetry everywhere. Working across mediums, he is portraying moments of equilibrium in time and immediate space.


Raphaël's sculptural installations raise contemporary societal questions about ideals of beauty, draw images of new religions, question free will influenced by algorithms, or create material tests, achieving a turn to the problem through his humorous undertone. One often feels caught using his predominantly interactive objects to make the work experiential. Often the person looking at the object comes into contact with it, and a sometimes unpleasant physical as well as mental closeness is created. His artistic activity resembles that of an inventor who works with partly playful means. He combines classical materials with new technologies.

Raphaël grew up in a classical music’s world, graduating in Violoncello from the Paris conservatoire at the young age of 15. To further his studies he moves to Berlin, where he will never finish them, and instead starts a one year internship for Olafur Eliasson, continuing afterwards at the Lette-Verein with studies of photography design. In 2018 he furthers his studies in The Hague, following the course ArtScience at the Royal academy of arts. He is now finishing his studies of fine arts at the University of the arts in Berlin, under Prof. Karsten Konrad.


Maya Schenk is a Swiss and German artist of Transylvanian heritage, living and working in Berlin. She works with oil paint on canvas. She paints alla prima whilst maintaining an interest in traditional techniques of portraiture.

Her artistic practice often involves the simultaneous creation of music alongside painting, having worked for ten years in music production. Her work often centers on identity and inner states. First exhibited in 2010, she is currently interested in doppelgängers.


Allistair Walter is a visual artist with a focus on painting, as well as printmaking, tattooing and sculpture. Born and raised in Berlin as the son of a tattoo artist, growing up surrounded by a flood of images, he developed a passion for drawing early on.

Being active in the local graffiti and street-art scene in his teenage years eventually led to a more serious interest in painting. Heavily influenced by mostly classical art, he grew the ambition to pick up techniques and developed an own visual language out of these rather traditional tools.

After forming an artist collective with a circle of friends and starting out to exhibit in self organized group shows in 2016, Allistair went to study painting and print making at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig (HGB) for four years and is currently finishing his studies at Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee.


Vasil Berela's art shows deep human emotions, alienation, the existence of the human being and the fragility of the body, often depicted as a biomass in a geometric perspective, an inorganic (virtual) environment.

In his work, he tries to discover themes rather than formulate narrative questions and answers.

Where the inside ends and the outside begins is intermingled, and every object in his works has a sacred, symbolic meaning.


I see life, the "real moment" as art and my artworks as documentation of these moments. Seen in this way, my life, everyday life, is the performance, my works of art are its relic. Every feeling, every thought and every question, whether relevant or irrelevant, matters to me. I collect and keep them. Everything is equally important.

My work is mostly based on my texts, the respective medium adapts to the content. There are handwritten messages, typewritten texts,
captured excerpts from my diary, videos, as well as paintings, installations and performances.

In my work, I carry out several investigations into the most diverse forms of love: the unrequited, unhappy or failed relationships, as well as large and small crushes. So I put myself at the center of it all
Consideration, as a representative, so to speak. Regardless of possible embarrassment, I let the viewer participate in my most intimate thoughts, feelings and experiences. The viewers can remember their private love stories and dramas and identify with me.

In Fragments of a Language of Love, Roland Barthes writes that the discourse of love today is extremely lonely. This discourse is probably led by thousands, but defended by no one. I take on this task in my artistic work.


In the works of Marlon Nicolaisen it is often the question of a relationship between reality and fiction. His own waves to he sheep and so to ask questions of reality. The phenomenon of the uncanny valley or world building strategies he makes his own and in the works to create emotional experiences.

To conceive images, videos, forms, or even installation, the works are first created on the computer.

Transformation tools are here 3d prints, laser cut or a plotter. A great source of inspiration is nature.


Martyna Formella is a visual artist from Poland. In 2022 she graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk with a master degree in Painting and specialization in Ceramics. She is mostly focused on abstract painting though doesn't limit herself in other forms of expression such as poetry, ceramics or photography. She has already experienced living and working in art gallery in Porto, making a scenography in theater in Gdansk and being a resident of Kolonia Artystow in Gdansk (2021-2023) while she made a series of large scale paintings called Open Heart Surgery inspired by the poetry of Anne Sexton.

In her artistic practice she works affected by her own emotions, personal experiences as well as poetry - creating a big painting diary. Through undefined, blurry shapes and colors reflecting her state of feelings she intuitively and impulsively creates series of paintings free of figurative perceptions in which you can dive into. She perceives painting as the safe space where you can immerse yourself in your own emotions. Not recognising anything familiar gives us a chance to discover what is hidden inside of us.
The process is the most important part of her artistic practice which she observes carefully, every paint stain on the floor is precious. Influenced by color field painting and abstract expressionism she developed her own visual language and technique. She is experimenting with media and pigments, creating her own paint mixtures. She rarely uses brushes, by moving the canvas she lets the painting leading itself.

She knows every shade of blue.


Dasha Buben was born in Gomel, Belarus. In 2010, she finished Belarusian State Academy of Arts. She worked as a photographer and art director for several independent magazines focusing on social problems, feminism, and LGBTQ rights. During this time, she made personal art projects using photography as the main medium. Because of her activism and work in independent media, she never felt safe in the current Belarusian regime. In 2015, she moved to Poland. In 2016, she finished Warsaw Academy of Photography. During that time, she worked with domestic abuse victims, researching topics of Feminism. In 2020, after the Belarusian Revolution, painting became the main medium of her work. The focus of her artistic research moved to personal experiences, such as overcoming trauma, dealing with mental health problems, going through depression, and more. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany.


The person in his immediate environment. Björn Heyn creates access to our living environment. From a childlike involvement, he spits out the great biographical questions. Björn's art creates a humorous surface under which the stories of the people can unfold in astonishing proximity.

In his artistic creation, the works are like the people themselves. It is important for them to understand and to be understood themselves, but at the same time misunderstanding is the rule.

Björn's art torpedoes the relevance of a final answer to the big questions and opens our contradicting world into the eternally childlike senses and well-being.


Daniel Spivakov was born in 1996 and spent his childhood in Kyiv, Ukraine. At 15, he moved to Oklahoma through a family-exchange programme. Only speaking his native language, it was during this time that art became a critical vessel of communication for Spivakov. The mixture of a post-Soviet upbringing and adolescence in the southern part of the USA enabled a unique worldview that Spivakov regularly draws upon during his process. After graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2020, he now lives and works in Berlin.


Esther Grüne is a contemporary Painter currently studying Fine Arts in Berlin, Germany and working in a bookstore specializing in fictional literature.

Her fields of interest are diverse and spread out throughout the spectrum of liberal arts - she sees to explore the space between figurative painting, world building and animated short films as a means to dissect and understand structures and personal themes. She takes special interest in the art of Outsider Artists and their approach to constructions of personal spheres, as well as her own approximation to the uncanny and veiled truths through multilayered narratives.

Her current artworks are predominantly figurative and vibrant, but she’s always in search for the use of new styles and approaches, experimenting with other materials, such as clay, glaze and selfmade paper in an effort to acquire new facets of expression.


Born in 1990 in Berlin Ruth Unger has been studying sculpture at the HfBK Dresden at the class of Carl Emanuel Wolff as a master class student until 2021. Ruth Unger lives and works with her partner and both children in Leipzig, where they cofounded the SHOWER gallery in the west of the city.

As a contemporary sculptor Ruth Unger puts identity-poisoning images and surfaces of everyday life to the acid test. In doing so, she always points to the fragile core without exposing it. A delicate, playful balancing between constricting conformity and energetic outburst, bitter seriousness and light-footed humor form the basic tone in Unger‘s work.


Agnieszka Rowińska is a painter from Poland. In 2016, she received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland. In search of her identity, over the following years she traveled to numerous art residencies, which gave direction to her interests, the subject of which she deepened in her works. She has worked in Germany, Italy, Iceland and the Philippines, among others.

In the first years of her art practice, she focused on analyzing Freud’s text „the uncanny.” In the following years, deliberation evolved towards the reality that we feel more than we see, up to the need for spirituality and contact with our own subconscious. She is looking for a way to satisfy this need without using the systematized religions that are currently available in the world. Many religious practices are based on some form of prayer, repetition and visualization of one’s desires. This is the source of her inspiration when searching for contemporary spirituality - referring to tradition without religious declarations.

She is currently creating a series of paintings - prayers. She paints landscapes that come to her in a dream (subconsciously), and then she consciously adds a second layer consisting of a transparent veil created by painting many dots. The act of painting the conscious layer of the picture is very repetitive and monotonous. By creating a veil of dots, she puts herself into a meditation-like state, alluding to the repetitive nature of prayer. Each painting is assigned a different intention, which accompanies her while painting. The creative process is long enough for her to experience all the emotions that would accompany her when the intention is fulfilled. The color scheme of the paintings is very monochromatic, because she wants them to allude to dreaminess and illusion - something that is barely perceptible and difficult to grasp.


Nina Plášková (*1997, Brno, Czech Republic) obstinately creates archaic, mythical and fairy-tale scenarios based on her own and others‘ experiences and memories, as well as observations of her social environment. The alpmar, daydreams, dream diaries and drawing spaces appear from the subconscious. Nina's comic-like characters are inspired by the beauty, gestures and facial expressions of unborn, physically ill children. they reflect a new approach to the medium of portraiture and to a poetic exploration of bodypositivity. Different materials such as bronze, sugar, natural polyurethane rubber, stone and paper are intuitively processed by Nina into objects and humorously bizarre installations. Her largescale drawings with wood varnish and wood glaze on paper form a meditatively repetitive and raportlike counterpoint to her smaller sculptures.

The artist draws from and expropriates historical material for personal purposes. She finds inspiration during her visits to natural, medical history and archaeological museums and feeds from the reservoirs of black romanticism. The traces of the childlike self are relentlessly brought to light, critically minimizing and breaking through the selfoptimization mania of our time. The unknown, incomprehensible, which almost no longer exists today, the artist brings back to the surface with her drawings. Plášková is currently living and working between Berlin, Germany and Lucerne, Switzerland.


Soomin Kim is a South Korean artist born in Pohang and lives in Berlin.

Before graduating from the Münster Art Academy as a master student with Prof. Cornelius Völker, she studied fine arts at the Kyung Hee University in Seoul.


Iaroslav Kusch is a multimedia artist from Ukraine. After his critics and curators in contemporary art studies at the UNIC University in Moscow and art management at the Art Academy in Lviv, Iaroslav moved to Berlin in 2016. Since then he has been active in contemporary painting and tufting.


Luka Naujoks' work focuses on the idea of the collective, of multiplicities, as a response to the cult of the individual.

It comprises continuous, sometimes digitally processed photo-painting arrangements from her own archival material of everyday life, which question supposed overlaps of interactions and make possible points of contact visible.

The artist is less concerned with the general connectedness of all beings as one than with specific cuts, layers, superimpositions that are temporarily staged. Her work also includes a performative practice that influences her images.


Kay Lotte Pommer (*1995) lives and works in Leipzig. She has been studying at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig since 2018 and in the class for installation and space with Joachim Blank. In 2020 she began additional studies in the class for sculpture with Bruno Raetsch and Karsten Födinger at Burg Giebichenstein in Halle. 

She has participated in two residency programs in Zeitz, Germany and in Uzice, Serbia.  In 2021/22 she was part of the Postdocumenta program in Leipzig and Athens funded by DAAD. Her work has been shown in various international exhibition projects, including Museum of Fine Arts (Leipzig, 2022), Phoenix (Athens, 2020), Department of Art (Chicago, 2020), Werkschauhalle Spinnerei (Leipzig, 2022), Galerija Reflektor (Serbia, 2021), Culterim Galerie (Berlin, 2023).


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Anna Zachariades has been working as a tattoo artist for over ten years. Since 2021 Zachariades has been studying fine arts / sculpture at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee.

Their work is characterized by the involvement of versatile materials and an exploration into their potential relationships. The use of heavy materials like stone and metal is often contrasted by blown glas pieces or textile elements to create a constant fluid dialogue.



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Frederik Marks is a Berlin-based artist who explores themes of instability and morbidity through photography and sculpture. After graduating from the London College of Communication in 2020 he joined the photography collective Visual Wellness in Berlin. Frederik has been nominated for several awards, including the Youth shortlist of the Sony World Photography Awards 2017 and the Palm* Photo Prize in 2021.


Multidisciplinary self-taught artist, Anide was exhibited in London, Berlin, Mexico, Lyon and Megève. Passionate about mythology and folklore, wild nature and anthropology, old philosophy and contemporary poetry ; he explores our imaginaries through his work. If everything begins with a story, then, imagination is the ground of what we experience.

His work is a meditative and sensitive invitation to dig those stories, the intimate but also the collective ones. Through his practice, Anide tries to create a bridge between fantasy and reality, between what we see and what we feel, between what we remember and what we project. Creating day dreams is for him a way to connect, to link things and people.

In this approach, he created in 2021 the Theatre of Reverie, a project that crosses mediums (painting, drawing, music installation, sculpture), contents (shows, publications, workshops) and invites different artists to collaborate and share their vision about imagination.


Florine Kirby born 1996 is a painter from Annecy, France. She studied at the Bauhaus (Weimar) and is currently studying with Prof. Valérie Favre at the Berlin University of the Arts. Florine Kirby has shown in the past year her first works in group exhibitions in Germany.


Andy King is a digital media artist whose satirical and political works focus on internet subcultures, loneliness and human relationships in the digital age. She explores the blurring of borders between truth and fiction, copy and original, private and public spaces.

King often works with found images and videos, photographing and manipulating them repeatedly in a way that mimics how information is disseminated and distorted online.


Kevin Lüdicke is a painter and multimedia artist. He studied Visual Communication and Art and Media at the University of Arts (UdK) Berlin. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Kevin Lüdicke is currently undergoing extensive research. His artistic work is the eternal doubt and the attempt to make the felt truth that everything could be different livable. His works open up spaces of involved meditation, one looks through a dream-like perspective at oneself and one's own environment - learned knowledge and felt truths are mercilessly opposed.

The artistic works never suspend this existential tension, but manifest it as a stage on which we are simultaneously, ourselves and all others.


Lars Fischer, born in Leipzig, studied free art/painting at the AdBK Nuremberg and the UdK Berlin. Biographically, he finds himself in an artist genealogy that is characterized by a permanent polarity reversal of his own magnetic field between East German experience and West German contempt, memories of utopias and toxic, defiant nostalgia.

In Lars Fischer's works often mediate objects between the communicating parties. Sometimes they appear central, sometimes fragmentary, and point clearly beyond their pure practical value. They don't just know what they can do and what they are worth, but also act as memory containers. They refer to exuberant consumption and the authorities who control it, on all kinds of stimulants and their low satiation value as well as on future plans, that didn't get past the drawing board.


Johannes Thiel is an artist and designer working in different kinds of media, reaching from sculpture and installation to more digital works such as video, graphics and renderings.

His interest moves between organic generative forms, technical constructs and the motif of the grid, which opens up a field of tension between nature and culture. He currently lives and works in Berlin.

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