Focus On | ANETA KAJZER: Eyes on me

24 March - 1 May 2021

The title of the exhibition ‘Eyes on Me’ is taken from a song from the video game ‘Final Fantasy 8’. The video game holds nostalgic significance for the artist from childhood and the specific scene in which the song plays over is the point in the narrative when the two main characters fall in love. While creating these works Kajzer was listening to the song in the studio and the eyes of the characters became increasingly significant through the manner in which eyes become an inside view. In this respect, in Kajzer’s work, this both relates to the composition of the eyes allowing for a view into the layers of the painting technique but also in a metaphorical sense they become the focal point that allows the viewer access into the characters.


Kajzer’s practice involves significant layering of the paint at first in a free and instinctual manner, from which the figuration of the characters grows organically. For some works the compositions become clear more quickly than others however the process of being open to the gestural flow of the paint is a fundamental aspect of Kajzer’s work.


Aneta Kajzer (born 1989 in Katowice, Poland) currently lives and works in Berlin. Kajzer studied for her Master’s degree in Fine Arts at Kunsthochschule Mainz (Germany) under Prof. Anne Berning and Prof. Shannon Bool.


Kajzer’s solo exhibition include: ‘Once More with Feeling’, KANT Gallery, Copenhagen, 2020; ‘We come from the saltiest sea’, Galerie CONRADS, Düsseldorf, 2019; ‘Hungry Eyes’, WERK, Berlin, 2018; ‘Guilty Pleasure’, Warte für Kunst, Kassel, 2018; ‘Out of Touch’, curated by Carina Bukuts, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2018; ‘all my beautiful faces’, Laboratory for Art and Culture Foundation Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim / Main, 2017; ‘Slightly Abstract’, oMo artspace, Berlin, 2017; ‘Made in Balmoral’, Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral, Bad Ems, 2016.


Kajzer has also exhibited in recent group shows including: ‘Luxury and Glamor - On the obstinacy of the superfluous’, Arp Museum Rolandseck, 2021; ‘Emy Roeder Prize 2020’, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen / Rhein, 2020; ‘KUNST AM BAU’, Rummelsburger Landstrasse 15, Berlin, 2020; ‘The Island Show - Summer 2020’, Galleri KANT,  Fanø (DK), 2020; ‘Marianne Werefkin Prize 2020 – Shortlist’, Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin, 2020; ‘SOFT WALLS, DRY FRUITS’, n / a gallery, Seoul (KR), 2020; ‘Minibar’, curated by Anna Nero, Galerie Oel-Früh, Hamburg, 2020; ‘NOW! Painting in Germany Today’, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Kunstsammlung Chemnitz, Museum Wiesbaden, 2019-2020; ‘Berlin Masters 2019’, Kühlhaus Berlin, 2019; ‘Two ages: Young’, Crone Side, Berlin, 2019; ‘Facing the Flat World’, MMCA Residency Goyang (KR), 2019; ‘VILLAGE III’, Im Gerinne 2, Wullenstetten, 2019; ‘They Catch Feelings, I Catch Bodies’, Sim Smith gallery, London (UK), 2019; ‘24H BRL / LUB’, curated by Paulina Olszewska, Piękno Panie, Lublin (PL), 2019; ‘Texts are the most important minor matter in an exhibition’, Schau Fenster, Berlin, 2019.


In 2021 Kajzer received the Marianne Werefkin Painting Scholarship in Nuremberg which will culminate in a solo exhibition at the Institute for Modern Art Nuremberg. In 2019 Kajzer received the Stiftung Kunstfonds work grant and participated in a three-month residency at the MMCA Goyang in South Korea. In 2018 she participated in the Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt, a professional development program for female visual artists. In 2017 she received the Winsor & Newton Scholarship for Painting, granting her a six month residency and solo exhibition at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin.