Christian Bold
Germany

Christian Bold © Goethe-Institut Kolkata/Arhan Sett Photography Christian Bold was born in Leipzig, Germany. After finishing his law studies in 2006, he enrolled at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (Academy of Visual Arts and Book Design) Leipzig. He spent most of his time there printing and sculpting. During his post graduate studies as a Meisterschüler under the New-Leipzig-School painter and printmaker Christoph Ruckhäberle, he started painting with acrylic on large format canvas.
Bold´s art is influenced by the pictorial worlds of applied and subcultural art forms like comic, agit prop and graffiti. The pathos formulas and conventions of figurative painting are quoted, but at the same time undermined and questioned by means of technoid execution and re-contextualization.  
Christian Bold’s paintings aggressively contradict the neo-surrealist and neo-romantic tendencies of the New Leipzig School´s multi-figured painting tradition, while at the same time being part of the continuation of that tradition.

Reflections

“When I was accepted for the Indo-European Residency Project Kolkata in 2018 I felt overjoyed. Having been to Kolkata before, in 2006 as a legal clerk and in 2014 as a tourist, I had lots of hopes and expectations regarding my next encounter with this remarkable city. I am happy to state that they were all surpassed! The warm welcome of the hosts and organizers of this residency, the possibility to meet and talk to fellow artists and artisans, the beautiful and cozy accommodation that I shared with two friendly and considerate co-residents – all of this will most definitely provide inspiration and food for thought for a long time. Despite all the love I´m feeling for Kolkata, I have to admit that the most inspiring part of this residency took place in Santiniketan. On my previous visits to West-Bengal, I had made the mistake of visiting Kala Bhavana during the Durga-Puja holidays, finding the campus deserted by staff and students. This time I was lucky enough not only to witness the preparations for the 100th Anniversary of Nandan Mela, but also to work in the printmaking department on the campus. The busy, yet very friendly atmosphere, the enriching feedback from the staff and students and the beautiful and serene landscape made such a strong impression on me that I decided to extend my stay beyond the originally planned week, to attend Nandan Mela and afterwards keep on working in the department. The understanding and flexibility of all the involved organizers who made this possible are deeply appreciated.”

                                      -----Christian Bold