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Andreas Maier

Andreas Maier Gilder
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Germany's golden boy

  • • Andreas' background is in veterinary medicine
  • • He paints furniture, screens and artworks
  • • He taught himself the technique of painting with gold leaf

With a PhD in veterinary medicine and as a former researcher at the Federal Institute for Veterinary Medicine in Berlin, Andreas Maier has quite an unusual background for a painter. But his knowledge of anatomy and the close eye for detail he developed in his previous profession might be an explanation for the almost alive appearance of the koi carp and bugs in his paintings. “I have always admired large animals and their movements, only later did I notice the beauty and colourful nature of insects and other small animals,” he says. Transferring his scientific mindset to art, he began to experiment with different techniques and materials. “I had to teach myself, but I wanted to be autonomous and to have the freedom to combine different shapes and colours to capture movements in the right way.”

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Monarchie

A swarm of red monarchs billows over a gilded room divider. The scene was inspired by late-summer landscapes in North America when the butterflies are attracted to the warmth of the pine trunks where they lay their eggs. Andreas uses a gold leaf background in many of his works to represent the environment of his subjects.

Height 275 cm
Length 180 cm

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Black and White Koi Carp Pond

Three koi rise to the surface of the water to be fed. Andreas used imitation gold leaf to represent their underwater environment. During his childhood, he found much pleasure in feeding fish in ponds, a warm memory that inspired many of his pieces.

Height 52 cm
Length 52 cm

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Black Koi Carp Biotope

A small group of koi come to the surface of the water to be fed. Black is the usual colour of carp ponds in Japan, and Andreas believed that a black background would best enhance the colours of the fish. During his childhood, he found much pleasure in feeding fish in ponds, a warm memory that inspired many of his pieces.

Length 140 cm
Width 120 cm

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Koi

A koi fills the entire frame of this drink coaster. Andreas was bored by the traditional small size of coasters because the designs are usually hidden by the glass. This motif was inspired by his childhood memories of feeding fish in ponds and provides an exquisite support for a drink.

Length 22 cm
Depth 11 cm

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Pond in Spring Time

A small group of koi swarm to the pond’s surface to be fed. Andreas used imitation gold leaf to represent the underwater environment of the carp. During his childhood, he found much pleasure in feeding fish in ponds, a memory that inspired many of his pieces.

Length 100 cm
Width 80 cm

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