Artists of the Year

Maxwell Alexandre, Conny Maier, Zhang Xu Zhan

About a decade ago, Deutsche Bank initiated the Artist of the Year program. On the occasion of its 10th anniversary it is now for the first time awarding three artists at the same time: Maxwell Alexandre, Conny Maier, and Zhang Xu Zhan. What all three have in common is that they came to contemporary art via unusual paths and bring very specific life experiences and cultural influences with them. Maxwell Alexandre was born in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela, where he still lives today. The paintings and installations of the artist of African descent revolve around community and violence, hip-hop and spirituality. Conny Maier lives and works in Berlin and Portugal and is one of the most important discoveries in the current German painting scene. Maier’s art reflects a world shaped by representation and materialism, in which people seem to lose control. Zhang Xu Zhan was born in 1988 into a family that has been making and trading in traditional paper figurines for over a century. His stop-motion films, staged in immersive installations, take us into the realm of nature spirits and demons.

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Artists of the Year

March 2022

ISBN 978-3-7356-0828-4

23,8 × 28,5 cm

180 pages

182 colored illustrations


Languages: English ( with translations of the texts in Brazilian, German and Chinese)

Deutsche Bank AG, Art & Culture

Text by
Fernando Cocchiarale, Britta Färber, Anna Herrhausen, Marlene A. Schenk, Nobuo Takamori

Design by
Kerstin Riedel, Berlin

Artists of the Year: Maxwell Alexandre, Conny Maier, Zhang Xu Zhan, 15.9.2021–14.3.2022, PalaisPopulaire, Berlin