Robert Janitz

Robert Janitz’ (b. 1962, Alsfeld, Germany) begins with grounds of gradient color on stretched linen, which are then covered in strokes of semi-transparent paint whipped with flour.

The contrasting opacities and transparencies of his marks create fissures of light. Janitz asks fundamental questions, such as what is a brush, paint, or even a surface; and how, via his hand, these tools and materials can generate a mark. He handles paint bluntly: the broad strokes are direct and unadorned. Janitz carefully considers and builds the different pictorial planes of each painting, contemplating the two-dimensional work and its ability to create three-dimensional illusion— how color and shadow operate with and against each other.

Artist: Studio

"Painting becomes time travel in a way. The painting surface is a membrane that goes between two spaces—a membrane between inner and outer world. As an anchor in space, there is no need for an observer or an audience. The idea of yourself disappears, it folds together. It’s like time and space travel."


Robert Janitz,

Paso Doble,


54 × 42 in (137.16 × 106.68 cm)

Oil, wax, flour on linen

Robert Janitz,

All this I am and want to be:,


54 × 42 in (137.16 × 106.68 cm)

Oil, wax, flour on linen

Robert Janitz,

The Cup 3,


25 × 20 in (63.5 × 50.8 cm)

Oil, wax, flour on linen

Robert Janitz,

The Thing (uptown),


54 × 42 in (137.16 × 106.68 cm)

Oil, wax and flour on linen

Robert Janitz,

Vanity Fair,


77 × 60 in (195.58 × 152.4 cm)

Oil, wax, flour on linen

Robert Janitz,

Space Age as it is,


25 × 20 in (63.5 × 50.8 cm)

Oil, wax, flour on linen

Robert Janitz,

The Compleat Works of Rabelais,


54 × 42 in (137.16 × 106.68 cm)

Oil, wax, flour on linen

Robert Janitz,

Social Furniture,


54 × 42 in (137.16 × 106.68 cm)

Oil, wax, flour on linen

Robert Janitz,

Earth has become Ether,


25 × 20 in (63.5 × 50.8 cm)

Oil, wax, flour on linen

Installation Views

Installation view, Library of a Dream, CANADA, New York, 2022


Robert Janitz, Library of a Dream, Dec 9 – Jan 22, 2022
Robert Janitz, College Robert Janitz, Dec 14 – Jan 20, 2019


Robert Janitz
Best of All Worlds, 2022

Robert Janitz
Made in New York 2020-2010, 2020

Robert Janitz
Ex Libris, 2014


Suzanne Hudson "Robert Janitz: Robert Janitz at the Anahuacalli." The Brooklyn Rail October 2022

Sharon Butler "Robert Janitz: Reverie over reality." Two Coats of Paint January 16, 2022

Eser Coban "Robert Janitz: The Dandy Painter." Collecteurs December 2021

"Summer / Issue 1, An Honest Performance." balcony June 1, 2021 36-63

Eduardo Egea "Postmodernity vs Innovation." Crónica May 14, 2021

Natalia Torija Nieto "The T List: Five Things We Recommend Doing This Week: Never-before-seen drawings by Kenny Riviero, a new tableware line from Yotam Ottolenghi, and more." The New York Times Style Magazine April 29, 2021

Eduardo Mora "Market and Significance." Crónica March 20, 2021

Dorian Gaudin "Her him 09 Jan - 07 Mar 2020." Paris Art January 9, 2020

"How German Artist Robert Janitz Uses Unconventional Materials to Paint ‘an Escape to Greener Pastures’."Artnet May 13, 2019

David Rhodes "Robert Janitz: Uptown Campus / College Robert Janitz." The Brooklyn Rail February 1, 2019

"Robert Janitz at Meyer Reigger Berlin." Blouin ArtInfo July 17, 2017

Hetti Judah "Figurative Geometry, Collezione Maramotti, Regio Emilia." ArtReview January 1, 2017

Suzanne Hudson "Robert Janitz." Artforum December 2015

Eric Sutphin "L’Orientaliste on the Continent: Robert Janitz in Berlin." artcritical October 5, 2015

Noah Dillon "A Fleeting Moment on the J Train: Robert Janitz on his recent work." ArtCritical March 24, 2014

"Robert Janitz." The New Yorker 2014

Karen Rosenberg "Old Black." The New York Times July 11, 2013

Painter's Bread "Johnny Cash & Buttered Toast, an Interview with Robert Janitz." Painter's Bread April 20, 2013


b. 1962, Alsfeld, Germany

Lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico and New York, NY

  • Selected Solo Exhibitions

    • 2023

      Espionage, Nuno Centeno, Porto, Portugal

      Sphinx, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany

      Robert Janitz, White Lies, Kunst im Foyer, The Berliner Ensemble Neues Haus, Berlin, Germany

      La Poste Pneumatique de Paris, Ruttkowski;68, Paris, France

    • 2022

      Carmina Burrata, San Carlo Cremona, Cremona, Italy

      Robert Janitz en el Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli, Mexico City, Mexico

      Eleven Studies of Everything, KÖNIG Galerie, Seoul, South Korea

      El Secreto Del Mundo, Saenger Galería, Mexico City, Mexico

    • 2021

      Library of a Dream, Canada, New York, NY

      The Labyrinth, Sevil Dolmaci, Istanbul, Turkey

      Best of All Worlds, Casa Gilardi, Mexico City, Mexico

      Manierismo y Libertad, The National Exemplar, Iowa City, IA

    • 2020

      <3 is a Typo, KÖNIG Galerie, Berlin, KÖNIG Galerie, Berlin, Germany

    • 2019

      Change in Paradise, König Galerie, London, England

    • 2018

      College Robert Janitz, Canada, New York, NY

      Uptown Campus, Anton Kern, New York, NY

      Robert Janitz? Lennart Constant?, Root Canal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    • 2017

      Erst mit diesem Lack wird Unerhörtes richtig spannend, Meyer Riegger, Berlin, Germany

      Hypothetical Types of Biochemistry, Team Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

    • 2015

      Kerckhoffs' Principle, Team Gallery, New York, NY

      Nicht üben, machen!, Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe, Germany

    • 2014

      Oriental Lumber, Meyer Riegger, Berlin, Germany

      Stick Shift Heaven, Team Gallery, New York, NY

    • 2013

      Le Tra Verseur De La Tlan Tic!, Galerie Sobering, Paris, France

    • 2012

      How I Learned To Love The F, Shoot The Lobster, New York, NY

      CLEARING, A Shoe That Fits Various Feet, Brussels, Belgium

    • 2011

      Art Dans Les Chapelles, Bretagne, France

      PARCOURS, L’H du Siège, Valenciennes, France

    • 2008

      Faire Trace, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris, France

      Espace d’Art Contemporain, Atelier Blanc, Villefranche sur Rouergue, France

      Maison Art Contemporain Chailloux, Paris, France

    • 2006

      DRIVE BY PAINTING, Leroy Merlin, Paris, France

      NOLENS VOLENS PINXIT RJ, Moments Artistiques, Paris, France

      Galerie La Girafe, Berlin, Germany

      Le 10-neuf, Centre Regional Art Contemporain, Montbéliard, France

    • 2005

      AS220, Providence, RI

    • 2002

      Galerie du Haut-Pavé, Paris, France

    • 1996

      Huiles sur toile, Galerie Valleix, Paris, France

  • Selected Group Exhibitions

    • 2023

      Places and Events, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany

      APMA, Chapter Four - From The APMA Collection, Amorepacific Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

      Mixed Pickles 12, Ruttkowski;68, New York, NY

    • 2022

      Peppi Bottrop/Robert Janitz, Marc LeBlanc Gallery, Chicago, IL

    • 2021

      Cerámica Suro: A History of Collaboration, Production and Collecting, Museo de Arte Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico

      Units, curated by Christian Camacho, PEANA, Monterrey, Mexico

      Spirito Andante, curated by Alex Chicle, Archive Collective, Mexico City, Mexico

    • 2020

      Dorian Gaudin / Robert Janitz, Galerie Pact, Paris, France

    • 2019

      Gazing into the void, Bjorn & Gundorph, Arhaus, Denmark

      Frozen Gesture, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

    • 2017

      And Then There Were None, Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe, Germany

      Ear Putty, curated by Esme Thompson-Turcotte, Henry 56, New York, NY

      A Show Yet to be Titled, curated by Lucie Fontaine, 83 Pitt Street Project, New York, NY

      What’s Up 2.0, curated by Lawrence van Hagen, New York, NY

      Neither, curated by Fernanda Brenner, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium