Maximilian Prüfer (b.1986 in Weilheim Obb, Germany) Prüfer studied Design and Communication Strategy at The Augsburg University of Applied Sciences and Fine Arts at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, Italy.
Prüfer’s conceptual art practice deals with topics of philosophy, politics, social philosophy, nature and natural phenomena. His works of art are not only highly aesthetic objects, but also real images of a conceptual exploration of the world. Employing a printing process he developed himself, which he calls ‘Naturantypie’, Prüfer makes a record of natural movements, including depicting the beating wings of butterflies, moths, or wasps, but also the paths of ants or snail tracks. The unique methodological processing, as well as the novelty prominent in his aesthetics, widens the potentials of displaying motion through drawing independent of tools.
Prüfer’s investigations and the visual worlds he creates, however, are never solely limited to recording the natural, uncontrolled patterns of insect movements. He often guides their way, using traces of scent, bait, and barriers—for instance, as an intruder into ant territory or with the help of light sources that attract moths—making it possible to discern the principle of emergence as a factor in making pictures: previously unseen visual worlds provide entirely new approaches to thought.
Prüfer´s recent solo exhibitions include 'Tier', Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna, 2019; 'Vieh', Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden, 2018; 'Nest', Sotheby’s Artist Quarterly, Sotheby’s Munich, 2018. His work has been included in recent group shows: 'Flügelschlag', Museum Sinclair Haus, Bad Homburg, 2019; 'Egon Schiele, Reloaded', Leopold Museum, Vienna, 2018/19, 'I Followed You To The Sun’, Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, 2018; H2 Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst, Augsburg, DE, 2017; Neue Galerie im Höhmannshaus, Augsburg, DE, 2016. Maximilian Prüfer is a recipient of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation EHF Artist Grant 2018.