Hella De Santarossa

* 12. June 1955 in Düsseldorf (Germany)
works and lives in Berlin

Hella De Santarossa is represented with 13 works in the section "Contemporary Artists":
"Tautropfen schimmern im Netz", mixed technique on canvas (2010)
"Crazy love", painting on nettle cloth (1981)
"Philosophen - Obelsik", steel frame, blown, double walled antique glass with etched texts (1998)
"2+2=1", blown glass, collaged (1990)
"In Trans Luc IV", two glass sides, hollow, double edge, filled with air and glass (2005)
"Rotglut" in Berlin, mixed technique on nettle cloth (1981)
 
 
"Ressourectio", glass panels for the resurrection window (2002)
"Muchacha" true picture, acryl on nettle cloth (1981)
"Venus entsteigt dem Wasser", blown glass, collaged (1984)
"En manege", rattan, varnished, burnt (2010)
"Selbstbildnis", mixed technique on nettle cloth
"Europäische Elite", series Löwenbauten, photographs in layers of paint on nettle cloth (1996 - 2000)
"Denkfabrik", series Löwenbauten, photographs in layers of paint on nettle cloth (1996 - 2000)
 
 

Once a pioneer of “Die Jungen Wilden”, Hella De Santarossa calls herself a "cross-artist". She combines new with old media, crossing painting, glass, performance and film. Light, air and time are pivotal elements in her multifaceted work.

In 1987 Hella De Santarossa won the competition for the re-design of the roundabout on the Theodor-Heuss-Platz in Berlin. Eight years later, in 1987, the “Blue Obelisk”, a 15 metre high detached glass tower, was completed on the square. In 1997 De Santarossa presented her “Needle of Time”, a kinetic sculpture, at the Documenta Kassel. One year later she painted the 30 metre long frieze “The Red and White Cart” depicting the history of the German Social Democratic Party which first found its home in the Bundestag in Bonn and later moved to the Reichstag in Berlin in 2000. In 2002 she participated in the second Biennale in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was also part of the Biennale in Venice in 2007 with her exhibition of selected works under the title “Chlorophyll”.

A focal point of her glass works is sacred art. Glass art by Hella De Santarossa can be found in the newly built church “St. Florian” in Munich-Riem, the St. Marien-Liebfrauen-Basilika in Berlin, the Heiliggeistkirche in Heidelberg and the Simon-Petrus-Kirche in Bremen.

 

Exhibition: "IN ALLEN VIER ECKEN SOLL LIEBE DRIN STECKEN"
11. September 2010 - 30. January 2011 in atrium iof the museum FLUXUS+

Ausstellung: "NINE 4 FIVE - Neue Werke in der Sammlung"
16. February bis 28. April 2013 in atrium iof the museum FLUXUS+

Biography

Vita

1955

Born in Düsseldorf, Germany

1972

Diploma as a certified stained-glass artist

1973

Moves to Berlin

Studys painting as a master class student of Prof Hödicke at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin

1997

Winner of the competition for the window design of the Heiliggeist Kirche Heidelberg

2000

Winner of the competition for the design of a "Virgin Mary" window in the Christ Pavilion for the EXPO 2000 in Hannover

2002

Successful nominee of the  der archiepiscopal building and art commission for the design of the church centre Munich-Riem

Participant of the 2. Biennale, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2005

Interior design for the church St.Florian in Munich-Riem

 

Numerous national and international exhibtions and commissions

Individual exhibition (selection)

1980

 

"Malereien", Goethe-Institut, San Francisco, U.S.A.

1983

"Traumbilder", Kunstverein Heidelberg, Deutschland

"Flagpaintings", Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut in Heidelberg, Deutschland

1985

"Heiße Erde", Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Deutschland

1987

"Glasskulpturen", Galerie H. Barlach in Köln, Deutschland

1990

"Werkstatt", Ausstellung in der Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Deutschland

1992

"Bankkonto H.S.",Rahmenprogramm der Documenta in Kassel, Deutschland

1999

"LöwenBauten", Gallerie Vostell in Berlin, Deutschland

2003

Ökomenischer Kirchentag - Lichtinstallation Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin, Deutschland

2005

Ausgestaltung der St.Floriankirche in München-Riem, Deutschland

2009

„Die Mauer muss … IST weg!“ Ausstellung im Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin, Deutschland

2010

"In allen vier Ecken soll Liebe drin stecken" im museum FLUXUS+ in Potsdam, Deutschland
Grants and awards
Preise und Stipendien: Deutscher Kunstfond
DAAD-Stipendium
Einladung in die Villa Romagna
Schmidt-Rottluff-Stipendium
Lectures and teaching

1980er

Gastprofessur an der Osloer Kunstakademie, der Slade School in Lodon

1990

Gastprofessur am Sydney College of Art und der Fine Arts School in Melbourne

Exhibitions in museum FLUXUS+