Florian Maier-Aichen  (German, 1973) 

Florian Maier-Aichen (German, b.1973) is a photographer best known for using digital manipulation on traditional landscape images. After spending much of his early years in Germany, he decided to move to Sweden for college, studying at the Högskolan for Fotografi och Film in Gothenburg, Sweden. He also studied at the University of Essen in Germany before moving to the United States for graduate school, where he earned an MFA from the University of California in Los Angeles, CA.

Though many of his early works mimicked traditional landscapes, he learned alteration and manipulation techniques, which changed the face of his images. Maier-Aichen often uses double exposures, unusual angles, and unexpected patches of light in his images. Drawing inspiration from the early days of photography, some of his pieces have a combination of shadows and light that make the images resemble old-fashioned postcards. Known for mixing photography with digital techniques, his works have Surreal and fantastical elements. He is known for his Untitled series, which used images of different landmarks that he named each piece for, including Saddle Peak and Mount Wilson.

Maier-Aichen’s early works appeared in group shows in different areas of Europe. He was part of a group show at the Galeri Gufot in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1997, and was part of another group show at Art in the City in Stockholm, Sweden, the following year. The first solo show for the young artist came in 2002 at Blum & Poe Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. As he began to show his work in the Santa Monica area during graduate school, he acquired a fondness for the town, and several other galleries exhibited his work in recent years. The word of his talent soon spread to other areas, which led to gallery showings and exhibits at museums in the United States and Europe.

The Denver Art Museum, CO, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, NY, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, have Maier-Aichen’s works on display. In addition to showing his work, the Blum & Poe Gallery also acts as his official representation in the art world. The 303 Gallery in New York represents his work on the East Coast. Maier-Aichen currently divides his time between Los Angeles, CA, and Cologne, Germany.

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Florian Maier-Aichen, Untitled (Europa-Brücke)


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Untitled (Europa-Brücke)

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Florian Maier-Aichen, Salton Seas (I)


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Salton Seas (I)

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Florian Maier-Aichen, The Best General View


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The Best General View

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Florian Maier-Aichen, Untitled, Valley


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Untitled, Valley

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Florian Maier-Aichen, Le Tour de France dans les Pyrénées


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Le Tour de France dans les Pyrénées, 2005
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Florian Maier-Aichen, Above June Lake


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Above June Lake, 2005


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Florian Maier-Aichen, Untitled (Snow Machine)


Florian Maier-Aichen
Untitled (Snow Machine), 2009
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1973   born in Stuttgart, Germany, 1973
1999 - 2000   DAAD Scholarship, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
  University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, M.F.A. (DAAD Grant)
  University of Essen, Germany
  Hoegskolan for Fotografi och Film Gothenborg, Sweden
  Lives and works in Cologne, Germany and Los Angeles, CA
2012   Natural History, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
2011   Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA (solo exhibition)
2011   303 Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
2011   Baronian-Francey, Brussels, Belgium (solo exhibition)
2011   The Smithson Effect, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
2011   Kunstverein Heidelberg, Sammlung Prinzhorn, Heidelberg, Germany
2011   Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
2011   Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg, 2011, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
2010   Crash, Gagosian Gallery, London, England
2010   Photo Show 2010, Galleri K, Oslo, Norway
2010   Nuit Blanche, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
2010   Summer Show, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
2010   The Artistʼs Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
2009   Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
2009   Collecting History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
2009   Snow Machine, Gagosian Gallery, London, England
2009   Nothing is Permanent: Albert Baronian, profession galeriste, La Centrale Electrique, European Center for Contemporary Art, Brussels, Belgium
2009   Dark Summer, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
2009   Snow Machine, Gagosian Gallery, London, England (solo exhibition)
2009   303 Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
2009   15th Anniversary Inaugural Exhibition, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
2008   WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
2008   to-Night: Contemporary Representations of the Night, Hunter College Art Galleries, New York, NY
2008   Damaged Romanticism, Blaffer Gallery, Houston, traveled to Parrish and Grey Gallery, New York, NY
2008   For What You Are About to Receive, Gagosian/Red October Chocolate Factory, Moscow, Russia
2008   Baronian-Francey, Brussels, Belgium (solo exhibition)
2008   PhotoEspana 08” Florian Maier-Aichen, Museo Thyssen-Bomemisza, Madrid, Spain (solo exhibition)
2007   MOCA FOCUS: Florian Maier-Aichen, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (solo exhibition)
2007   Three for Society, 303 Gallery, New York, NY
2007   Mario Testino: At Home, Yvon Lambert, New York, CA
2007   L.A. Desire, Galerie Dennis Kimmerich, Dusseldorf, Germany
2006   USA TODAY, Saatchi Gallery/Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
2006   Particular Matter, Mills College of Art Museum, Oakland, CA
2006   Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA (solo exhibition)
2006   Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2006   303 Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2005   Baronian-Francey, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2005   Photography 2005, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
2005   Group Show curated by Mario Testino, London, UK
2005   Set Up: Recent Acquisitions in Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2004   Kommando Pfannenkuchen: Deutsche und Amerikanische Kunst, Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2004   Gallery Min Min, Tokyo, Japan
2004   Gallery Min Min, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2004   The Bridges of Cologne, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2003   Gallery Min Min, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2003   Gilbert & George, Cristina Iglesias, Mike Kelley, George Lappas, Florian Maier-Aichen, Nikos Navridis, Tony Oursler, Thaddeus Strode, Bernier/Eliades, Athens, Greece
2003   Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
2002   Constructed Realities, Grand Art, Kansas City, MO (traveled to Las Vegas Art Museum (curated by Barbara Bloemink)
2002   Anti-Form: New Photographic Work from Los Angeles, Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO (curated by James Welling)
2002   Ich ging im Walde so fuer mich hin: Markus Amm, Florian Maier-Aichen, Gondi Norola, Nicole Wermers, Borgmann-Nathusius, Cologne, Germany
2002   Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2001   Jennifer Bornstein, Mark Grotjahn, Dave Muller, Florian Maier-Aichen, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
2001   Snapshot: New Art From Los Angeles, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami) (cat.)
2001   Vision Embraces the World, Echo Park Projects, Los Angeles, CA
2000   Can, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
1999   Gesundheit, Kunsthaus Essen, Essen, Germany
1998   Art in the City, Stockholm, Sweden
1997   Galeri Gufot, Gothenburg, Sweden
  The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, Los Angeles
  Cincinnati Art Museum
  Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
  Denver Art Museum
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2005    Agenda, Islington Gazette, January 13, 2005
2005    Casadio, Mariuccia. sunset rising, Vogue (Italia), January 2005, pg. 370-376
2005    Chapman, Peter. Private View, The Independent: The Information, January 22, 2005
2005    Dillion, Brian. Photography 2005, Modern Painters, March 2005
2005    Guner, Fisun. Much ado about nothingness, Metro 18, January 2005
2005    Picks of the Week, The Guardian, January 24, 2005
2005    Previews, Dazed and Confused, January 2005
2005    Kunitz, Daniel and João Ribas The ArtReview 25: Emerging US Artists, ArtReview, International Edition volume V3N3
2005    Pitman, Joanna. Young and Original: six visual artists in the frame, The Times, January 2005
2005    Steward, Sue. A focus on six of the best, Evening Standard, January 19, 2005
2004    Holl, Jess. Lying with the camera eye, Los Angeles Times, July 8, 2004, p. E60
2004    Myers, Holly. Undermining Perceptions, Los Angeles Times, July 16, 2004, p. E21
2004    Thornton, Sarah. NOCTURNES, Contemporary, Issue 62, 2004, pg. 32-37
2003    Influence, Issue 1, pg. 88-91