Markus Tollmann

The Artist

"Hardly any other contemporary painter and sculptor is as active and internationally recognized as Markus Tollmann. From the beginning he grew up in an artistically inspiring environment. For example, the unforgettable Nicki de Saint-Phalle influenced him artistically. Other famous artists such as Pablo Picasso and Joseph Beuys taught him in his youth. At the age of 18, Markus Tollmann worked for the renowned Francis Bacon in London. So it's no wonder that Markus Tollmann is one of the most versatile and creative minds of our time."

Celebrities have had themselves painted by Markus Tollmann, including Peter Struck (politician), Johannes Rau (politician), Paul Bernard (director of Roncalli Circus), Mario Adorf (actor), Pink (musician), Randy Anderson (musician) or Ralf Moeller (Hollywood actor).




The art of Markus Tollmann is moving like his personality. Through his works of art he wants to transfer his cheerful and life-affirming nature to his fellow human beings and the environment and thus give joy of life!

"Art begins, where the others end!"


Markus Tollmann is happy to support various international charitable events.



The German artist Markus Tollmann was 1963 born in Gelsenkirchen-Buer in North Rhine-Westphalia. Like father, like son: Art professor Günther Tollmann passed on his talent for painting to his son Markus. Due to his father's profession, Markus Tollman grew up in a very artistic and creative environment - for example with the painter, sculptor and filmmaker Niki de Saint-Phalle. Already at the age of 7 years had he contact to Pablo Picasso and painted with him together. At the age of 9 Tollmann was already collecting artistic works early enough to open his first exhibition. Joseph Beuys taught him private drawing classes at the age of 15. As Markus Tollman 18 years was old, he went to London to work closely in the studio with British artists Francis Bacon to work together. The next milestone in Tollmann's artistic career was 1984 the opening of his first gallery in the small Hanseatic city of Bremen.

A year later, Markus Tollmann advanced to become his father's master student. During this time, numerous national and international exhibitions followed.
In the 1980s, Tollmann held exhibitions and presented his earlier work at the renowned Museum of Modern Art in New York. At the end of the 1980s he was hired as a consultant by the world-famous auction house "Christie" in London. auction house "Christie"in London. 2005 followed an exhibition in the world-famous St. Petersburg Hermitage. Since June 2007 he has been the director of the MOMA in the northern German metropolis of Hamburg. 

Tollmann was an active artist even as a child and can now look back on an enormous selection of works, exhibitions and projects. In addition to numerous German galleries and fairs such as the Hamburg art fair, the Arminius gallery in Bremen, the Berlin antiquarian bookshop and the Leipzig art fair, he presented his works at numerous international exhibitions and international fairs such as the C. Teresa gallery in New York and the art fair in Brussels. In 2005, Tollmann had the honor of staging a solo exhibition at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg – a privilege granted to very few contemporary German artists. Previously, Markus Tollmann was actively involved with his works in more than fifty exhibitions and art fairs. He is also a designer and filmmaker. In 1993, for example, he produced the film "Die Wohnmaschine" on behalf of Westdeutscher Rundfunk. In 1995 he worked on the UN project "Blue Star" on behalf of the UN Copenhagen.

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