Henrik Eiben Tokyo, Japan, b. 1975
Henrik Eiben (b. 1975, Tokyo), has been responding to minimalism with sculptures of more expressive qualities that resonate with the strain of the post-minimalism occupied by artists such as Richard Tuttle and Eva Hesse. For Eiben, a sculpture may have qualities of a drawing, and a painting may have qualities of a sculpture. While he is always moving ahead exploring new avenues, consistently inspired by new materials, spatial relationships, and concerns of scale, the language of his individual works remain connected to each other through the clarity of his process-driven practice.
His work has been represented in solo and group institutional exhibitions throughout Europe and was most recently featured at Kunstraumpotsdam in the solo exhibition "OFF SITE" (2018). Eiben studied at the Academy of Visual Arts and Design in Enschede, at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and graduated in 2004 from the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe. In 2010, he was artist-in-residence at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP), in São Paulo, Brazil. The latter influenced remarkably in his practice, where his art began to adopt a South American-esque embrace of sensuality, lightheartedness, and liberal use of color, bringing it into conversation with the more reduced formal minimalist disposition from which he came. He currently lives and works in Germany.