Photo by Mohamed Bardane

cornelia es said
Kaskelstr. 55
10317 Berlin
+49 (0)178 / 490 37 36



cornelia es said was born in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany and is living in Berlin.

At the age of 2 years she was adopted by a workers couple in southern Germany. From the simple middle-class conditions resulted a typical women’s occupation: geriatric nurse. The work-related confrontation with life, suffering and death empowered her empathy, and the diversity of life-plans enhanced her vision. In the course of the fall of the Berlin Wall she joined the squatters in East-Berlin. The creative freedom and artistic exchange of this extraordinary period continues to reverberate to the present day.

In her paintings she experiments with the transfer of internal and external boundaries. Her work focusses on a radically social approach that manifests in the representation of archetypal body landscapes. From her anarchic conviction she deals with the organic process of painting and explores the medium from the coarse to the precise, from disturbing to aesthetic.

Selected Exhibitions

2018 krautART ARTspace (upcoming)
2018 #URKNALL#, Pforzheim
2018 B.L.O. Ateliers, Berlin
2018 „Dilemma III“, Steinfurth
2017 B.L.O. Ateliers, Berlin
2017 „Dilemma II“, Steinfurth
2016 „Blue“, SOMA Art Gallery, Chefchaouen/Marokko
2016 Urban Spree, Berlin
2016 B.L.O. Ateliers, Berlin
2016 „Flaggen“, Toscana-Kunsthalle, Berlin
2015 „communication“, bänsch, Berlin (single exhibition)
2015 B.L.O. Ateliers, Berlin
2015 „Dilemma“, Straubing
2014 B.L.O. Ateliers, Berlin
2012 B.L.O. Ateliers, Berlin
1998 Galerie Angenehm, Berlin (single exhibition)