No form of nature is inferior to art; for the arts merely imitate natural forms. Marcus Aurelius

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Born in Hamburg in 1983, German artist Zeitwille is best known for his particular portraiture technique. His portraits merge two artistic techniques, stencilism, the urban art craft and the medieval chiaroscuro. His paintings are stylistically easily recognizable through his use of minimalist patterns, colour-combination featuring the human figure, animals and nature. Zeitwille explores theme ranging from portraiture to performances and installations in public spaces as well as in museums.

The artist often provokes artistic encounters between the remains of the ancient Rome and his paintings, by displaying them like found objects in chosen areas of the city.

Zeitwille has barely changed main subjects in his portrait paintings throughout his artistic career. The artist has been creating over five hundred versions of the same portrait in the last years, disclosing his own evolution process and how the same subject unfolds over time. He refers this body of work to the extensive use of selfies and peoples’ wish to find themselves in their visual representation, particularly in social medias.

Zeitwille’s paintings leave room for interpretation. He believes that art is happening in the viewer’s brain and heart:

„The viewer is the artist, her or his interpretations and feelings produced by their encounter with the paintings, I am just arresting the audience’s imagination. I try to explain and induce our visual world in all extremes by letting our shared human sub-consciousness be part of the process at any time”

Zeitwille’s obsession for human portraits and the continuous search for new insights, make him repeat the same portrait over and over again, always focusing on the ever-changing emotions a single form could give to the painting and the viewer.

His favorite forms or painting methods are the use of aerosol paint, oil and acrylic paint. One can clearly see the use glue and pigments directly on the canvas, which the artist produces by moving and using his hands to touch the surface, searching for the right moment, the right movement to create the final touch.

Zeitwille reflects on his obsession for portraiture in order to express a broader message. He states: „We are constantly changing; we never have the same appearance even though our inner spirit stays the same. My paintings are based on the same stencils, the same figures, still they always change when I paint them on different surfaces, with different techniques, with different colours, in a different mood.

This change is not complete once the painting is finished. The room, the light and the whole ‘Gestalt’-experience changes the feeling/emotional state when you look at the painting.

And there we have another part which changes the feeling while watching the painting: it is you, your feeling, your heart, what you have learned about life. These paintings should be like a mirror for yourself, they should give you emotional responses, they should understand you, inspire you, be a very good friend.“

A pioneering painter and visual designer, Zeitwille has exhibited at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, created and curated a permanent art installations at the University of Heidelberg, collaborated with the United Nations on various art-focused initiatives, and co-founded the art movement “ArtedaRubare” which was featured on national tv and print News. Zeitwille started making his mark around 12 years ago combining music and visual elements as art installations in public and private spaces.


Since the beginning, his mastery of human shapes, color, composition, and geometry, as well as his minimalist approach and progressiveness, established him as a permanent exhibiting artist in the University of Heidelberg shortly after he started releasing his first complete body of work to the public. As a collaborator to international brands,

Zeitwille has refined his craft and explored nontraditional mediums, all while continuing to develop his techniques outside the box of typical corporate or organizational constraints. Zeitwille’s work was featured by companies like Facebook, the Norwegian Seafood Council, and brands like Sant’Eustachio il Café in their online and offline communications.

He is currently teaching a kinetic and holistic approach to figurative and abstract art in online art classes as well as working in his own creative agency. “Everyone who has seen pictures of cave paintings dating back more than 30.000 years is astonished by the simplicity of the images. Creating with less turns the creation of art more towards the mind and not the physical world.”

Exhibitions, Installations and Interventions


Visione, solo, exhibition, live painting, 28 Piazza di Pietra – Fine Art Gallery, Rome, Italy

Infinito, group, exhibition, Galleria Acronimo, Rome, Italy


Premio Pittura, group, exhibition, Galleria Nardi, Rome, Italy

Eustachio, solo, exhibition, Sant’Eustachio il Caffè, Rome, Italy

Regina Europa, group, exhibition, Installation, performance, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Rome, Italy

Primavera, solo, exhibition, live painting, performance, lecture, private collector, Rome, Italy

Vernissage, solo, exhibition, private collector, Rome, Italy


Coffee saved my art, solo, exhibition, Sant’Eustachio il Caffè, Rome, Italy

Arte da rubare – Firenze, Siena, Lucca, group, installation, performance, Florence, Siena, Lucca, Italy

Arte da rubare – Colombia, group, installation, performance, Bogota, Santa Marta, Colombia

Arte da rubare – Regina Europa, group, installation, performance, Rome, Italy


Arte da rubare – Monti, group, installation, performance, Rome, Italy

Arte da rubare – Trastevere, group, Installation, performance, Rome, Italy

Heidelberger Herbst, group, exhibition, installation, live painting, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Beneficiaries, solo, mural, United Nations World Food Programme Country Office, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Brazzart, solo, artist residence, exhibition, live painting, performance, lecture, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Finissage, solo, exhibition, live painting, performance, lecture, Atelier Zeitwille, Heidelberg, Germany




Kunstmarkt, solo, exhibition, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberger Herbst, solo, exhibition, live painting, performance, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Vernissage Künstlermesse, group, exhibition, Schwetzinger Schloss, Schwetzingen, Germany

Im Namen der Republik, group, exhibition, live painting, performance, sound installation, DAI institute, Heidelberg, Germany

Brazza, solo, exhibition, live-painting, Les Atelier Sahm, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Carpe Noctem, solo, exhibition, performance, installation, Peer23 gallery, Mannheim, Germany

Lebendiger Neckar, group, exhibition, live painting, Heidelberg, Germany

Romeo & Julia, group, live painting, Theater Rampig, Heidelberg, Germany


Jeder Mensch ist Künstler, solo, exhibition, performance, live painting, lecture, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberger Herbst, solo, live painting, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Anderswelt –Lange Nacht der Museen, group, exhibition, performace, live painting, Alte Weinfabrik, Heidelberg, Germany

Deleta, solo, exhibition, performance, Hebelhalle Galerie, Heidelberg, Germany


Heidelberger Herbst, solo, live painting, Friedrich Ebert Platz, Heidelberg, Germany

Pantha Rhei, solo, artist residence, exhibition, live painting, performance, lecture, La magarita gallery, Barcelona, Spain

Willi Bender, group, exhibition, Ministry of Culture, Heidelberg, Germany

Zeitwille – Lange Nacht der Museen, solo, exhibiton, live painting, Breidenbach Studios, Heidelberg, Germany


Zeitwille die erste, solo, exhibition, Burgfreiheit, Heidelberg, Germany

Kosmodrom, group, exhibition, halle02, Heidelberg, Germany

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