1971

Born in Herne, Germany

Lives and works in Hamburg, Germany

Education

1994–1997 

Visual Communications Studies, Kunsthochschule Kassel, Prof. Floris Neusüss, Germany

1997–2002 

Fine Arts, Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, Prof. Bernhard Johannes Blume, Germany

2002 

Diploma in Fine Arts, Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, Germany

2002–2004

Advanced Studies in Fine Arts, Hochschule für bildende Künste, at Prof. Franz Erhard Walther, Germany

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019

Art Berlin with Galerie Mathias Güntner, Berlin

Martin Asbaek Gallery, Kopenhagen, Denmark

"Misstallica & Vaslanten,” Pablo's Birthday Gallery, New York

ARCO Madrid, Solo presentation with Anita Beckers Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany, Madrid

The Armory Show, Solo presentation with Pablo's Birthday Gallery, New York

Martin Asbaek Gallery, Kopenhagen, Denmark

Jean D'Esk & Vaslanten, Anita Beckers Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany

La Vie en RoseRock, Städtische Galerie Otterndorf, Otterndorf, Germany

Photo London, Anita Beckers Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany

Faszination Gesicht, Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Pfäffigon, Switzerland

ART Brussels with Hopstreet Gallery Brussels, Belgium (upcoming)

2018

Farce Strape, Centre Photographique Rouen Normandie, Rouen, France

Life is funny, my deer, GEM - Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands

PINKY BLINKY, Hopstreet Gallery, Brussels

Paris Photo, Solo Presentation, Gallery Feldbuschwiesnerrudolph, Paris

Lies and Deception, Representation of the state of Niedersachsen to the Federal Government in Berlin

Centre Photographique - Pôle Image Haute-Normandie, Rouen, France

Life is funny, my deer, GEM - Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands

The Juggler - T.Brinkmann jongliert Griffelkunst- Photografie & Se King performt in der Remise, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Germany

2017

"Life is funny, my deer,” Kunsthaus Stade, Germany

PARADIECLIPSE, Gallery Mathias Güntner, Hamburg, Germany

La Vie en RoseRock, Gemeente Museum, Helmond, The Netherlands 

Se king - director´s shot, Unikat Edition Presentation, Spiegelberger Foundation, Hamburg, Germany

2016

PARADIECLIPSE, Gallery Hopstreet, Brussels,

The Great Cape Rinderhorn / Belgium, BePart, Waregem, Belgium 

The Great Cape Rinderhorn, Rice Gallery, Houston, USA 

2015

SUPRA Novali, Pablo ́s Birthday Gallery, New York 

2014

Junk de Luxe, Hopstreet Gallery, Brussels 

Pose Poshly Positures, Palais für aktuelle Kunst, Glückstadt, Germany 

Warfare Canaries, Artist in Residence, In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypern, Belgium

La Vie en RoseRock, JaLiMa Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany

Salon Livresque, Privat Collection, Hamburg, Germany 

2013

La Hütte Royal, Permanent House-installation, Pittsburgh, USA 

Mexican Style, Mathias Güntner Gallery, Hamburg, Germany 

La Vie En RoseRock, Pablo's Birthday Gallery, New York

Kaffee dü Welt, Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Germany 

2012

Grand Duc im Säuls, Gallery Feldbuschwiesner, Berlin 

Amanecer, Museo Nacional de San Carlos, Mexico City 

2011

Extradosis, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany

Finger, Dogs & Dellen, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Finkenwerder Kunstpreis, Hamburg, Germany

Sammel Sammel Kohleeimer Helmersatz, Kunstverein Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany

Ernie & Se King, Griffelkunst, Hamburg, Germany 

2010

Studiomove, Kolbe Museum, Berlin 

Milkymaid im Upperfloor, Artfinder Gallery, Hamburg, Germany 

Gallery Elisa Plateau, Brussels, Belgium

2009

Studioblüten, Kunstagenten Gallery, Berlin 

2008

Entree, Nicolas Krupp Gallery, Basel, Switzerland 

Thorsten Brinkmann, GEM, The Haag, The Netherlands 

2007

Palais d’Edelwall, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin 

Tisch zi Bäng, Kunstagenten, Berlin 

Casa Rotti, Artfinder Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

Gut Ding will es so, Autostadt Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany 

2006

Alles hat kein Ende, Kunstagenten Gallery, Berlin

Salon, Gallery White Trash Contemporary, Hamburg, Germany 

2005

True Romans, Gallery Artfinder, Hamburg, Germany 

2003

Zwischenstand, Künstlerhaus Frise, Hamburg, Germany

Suchen sammeln anwenden, Gallery KX, Hamburg, Germany 

Außenlager, Gallery Trottoir, Hamburg, Germany

Volle Ladung / Halbe Halde, Gallery Acht P, Bonn, Germany 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019

Der naive Kreig - Zitadelle Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Club Solo - Gemeentemuseum Den Haag + Michele Matyn, Breda, Netherlands

Faszination Gesicht - Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Freienbach, Switzerland

Art Berlin with Gallery Feldbuschwiesner, Berlin, Germany

The Hoodie - Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Paris Photo with Gallery Feldbusch Wiesner Rudolph, Paris, France

Salon der Gegenwart, Hamburg, Germany

Art Düsseldorf with Pablo’s Birthday Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany

The Video is the Message - Hamburger Kunsthalle, Museum for Contemporary Art, Die Lagerform, Hamburg, Germany

Between Now & Then - Norwood Club, New York

The Mask - Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Fragment - Guardini Gallery, Berlin, Germany

The Face - Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Switzerland

Das Gesicht - Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Pfäffigon, Switzerland

Der naive Krieg - Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin, Germany

Faceless - CFHILL Art Space, Stockholm, Sweden

2018

DER NAIVE KRIEG, Kunsthaus Stade & Museum Schwedenspeicher, Stade, Germany

The Video is the Message, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

Between Now & Then, Norwood Club, New York

Aufgedeckt - Sinneswandel im Portrait, Stiftung Schloss Eutin, Germany

COLLECTION, Place des Deportes, Liege, Belgium

Faceless, Galerie of the Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin

Humor und Subversion, Forum für Künstlernachlässe, Hamburg, Germany

Portrait - Jonas Burgert // Thorsten Brinkmann im Dialog, Galerie W, Osnabrück, Germany

2017

Das Gesicht. Eine Spurensuche, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden, Germany

Künstlerbücher. Die Sammlung, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

In Between – Summer Exhibition, Gallery Feldbuschwiesnerrudolph, Berlin

Artists' Books for Everything, Museum Weserburg Bremen, Germany

TU SAIS CE QU’ELLE TE DIT… MA CONCIERGE ?!, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Tourcoing, France

Twinkle Of An Eye, Pablo’s Birthday Gallery, New York

“Unbeschreiblich surreal – Meret Oppenheim und Weggefährten,” Kunstsammlung Neubrandenburg, Neubrandenburg, Germany

Zodiaco, Gallery Samy Abraham, Paris

BRICOLAGE - Bastler und Sampler, das wilde Denken und die Kunst, Palais für aktuelle Kunst, Glückstadt, Germany

Altared, New York University, New York

Neues aus der Sammlung - Spenden und Neuerwerbungen, - Kunstmuseum Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, Germany

Beckett was here, Westwerk, Hamburg, Germany

Interieur - Die Außenwelt der Innenwelt, Schloss Agathenburg, Germany

Why am I actually german ? Kunstverein Wiesen, Germany

2016

BIP - Biennale de l'Image Possible, Liège, Belgium

In Between, Gallery Feldbuschwiesner, Berlin

Sammlungspräsentation "Gebrochen Deutsch", Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany

Kyoto International Film and Art Festival, Kyoto, Japan 

̶ i̶ ̶c̶ ̶h̶ , SCHIRN, Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany

Besser Scheitern, Internationale Tage, Ingelheim (Museum bei der Kaiserpfalz), Germany

ICH. Norddeutsche Selbstbildnisse aus 100 Jahren, Wenzel-Hablik Museum, Itzehoe, Germany

Magie der Dinge, Von der Tücke des Objekts, Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany

Zodiaco, Gallery Klemms, Berlin

Unknown Portraits, Hopstreet Gallery, Brussels 

Fotografische Sammlung Schloss Kummerow, Kummerow, Germany 

Hiwar, The Mediterranean Biennale, Arab Museum of Contemporary, Sakhnin, Israel

Applaus, Applaus, Kiel/Kronshagen/ Germany

ICH. Norddeutsche Selbstbildnisse aus 100 Jahren., Kunsthaus Stade, Germany

A New Language, The Observer Building, Hastings, England 

Bittersüße Zeiten - Barock und Gegenwart, Edwin Scharff Museum, Neu Ulm, Germany
Zodiaco, Hopstreet Gallery, Brussels 

Sweet, Schau Fenster, Berlin 

2015

Silence out loud -, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, The Netherlands 

Jahresgaben 2015 - Hamburger Kunstverein, Germany 

Jahresgaben 2015 - Kunstverein Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, Germany

Wild - Animals in Contemporary Photography, Plaza Gallery, Tokyo 

Month of Photography in Minsk 2015, Minsk, Belarus

Interieur - Fremdes im Vertrauten, Schloss Agathenburg, Germany 

Gute Kunst? Wollen! Offen auf AEG, Nürnberg, Germany 

De Burgermeester van Veurne, Veurne, Belgium

Room with a view, Feldbuschwiesner Gallery, Berlin

Beyond Borders, Beaufort 2015, Belgium Coast / Belgium

Bittersüße Zeiten, Kunsthalle Jesuitenkirche, Aschaffenburg

Hiwar, The Mediterranean Biennale, Arab Museum of Contemporary, Sakhnin, Israel

SELBSTJUSTIZ DURCH FEHLEINKÄUFE – New acquisitions of the FALCKENBERG Collection 2011-2014, Falckenberg Collection Hamburg Harburg, Germany

Vom Grossen und Ganzen - Sammlung N, Gerisch Stiftung, Neumünster, Germany

Black Bandits, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin

Mao Se Dun Kai (Suddenly Enlightened), Sino, Germany 

Conceptual Art Comparative Study Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Wuhan, China

Cover, SELEKTA STUDIO 1, Hamburg, Germany

Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast, Ireland

Blaue Hefte - Rosa Welt, Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V., Berlin

Faceless, Brussels 

Against Nature - Photo 50, London Art Fair 2015, London

2014

Casino Weltgetriebe Dorf, Hafencity, Stockmeyerstrasse 41 Halle 4, Hamburg, Germany

Mediations Biennale, Poznan National Museum and Raczynski Library, Poznan, Poland

Wild - Tiere in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie, Berlin

Bittersüße Zeiten, Kunsthaus Stade, Germany

Photo Stories, Gemeentemuseum Den Hague, The Netherlands

Subreale Welten, Port Gallery, Osaka, Japan

Statement 1- New Photography From Germany, Goethe Gallery, Hong Kong 

Capita Selecta, Broelmuseum, Kortrijk, Belgium

Glückliche Krieger Part IV, Mathias Güntner Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

Teutloff Collection meets Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Kunsthaus Lempertz, Cologne, Germany

Faceless Mediamatic, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

War Het Allemaal Begon, Museum Villa Mondrian, The Netherlands 

Pablo’s Birthday, New York 

KIK One, Kino International, Berlin 

Gallery CAR, Bologna, Italy 

2013

Re-Orientation, Mediterranean Biennale, Sakhnin, Israel

Mythos Wagner, Klinger Forum, Leipzig, Germany

Present Tense Future Perfect, Feldbuschwiesner Gallery, Berlin 

Faceless, Freiraum Quartier 21, Museumsquartier, Vienna 

Mon Ile de Montmajour, Abbaye de Montmajour, Arles, France 

1.pers.sing. - Künstlerkörper zwischen Selbstportrait und Performance, b-05, Montabour Germany

Waar het allemal begon..., Villa Mondrian, Winterswijk, The Netherlands

Kunst uit Prive-Bezit, City Museum Schippershof Menen, Belgium

Salon Sandy, Pablo ́s Birthday, New York 

2012

Factory Direct, The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA

Alice in the Wonderland of Art, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

To Begin Is To Be Half Done, Busanstation, Busan, Southkorea 

Façade, Middelburg, The Netherlands

CONVOY BERLIN, Biksady Gallery, Budapest 

Common Ground, Gloria Berlin, Berlin 

Ironic. Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany

Alice im Wunderland, Fotomuseum Helsinki at the Museum of Modern Art Cadiz, Spain

Wild - Animals in Contemporary Photography, Old Omaha Association / The Moving Gallery, Omaha, USA
(dis)Placements, Hamburg Art Week, Hamburg, Germany 

Stillstehende Sachen from the collection SøR Rusche, Museum Abtei Liesborn, Germany 

2011

Schnitte im Raum / Sculpturale Collage, Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

Alice im Wunderland., Fotomuseum Helsinki at the Cultural centre Locomo, Turku, Finnland

Ironic. Kunstpalais Erlangen, Germany

Out of Mind, Museum Wlokiennictwa, Lodz, Poland

Shadows of the Bright, Berlin Art Project/Showroom, Berlin

Jahresgaben 2011 - Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany 

Glückliche Krieger, Artfinder Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

Redefine Readymade, Kunstverein Schwerin, Germany

Veldener Kunstpreis, Kunstverein Leimen, Germany

The ear of Giacometti, Gallery Levy, Hamburg, Germany 

tmp, Phonix-BB, Berlin

2010

Changing times - New worlds, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands

Das Fundament in der Kunst III, Hans Arp Museum, Remagen, Germany

Remote Viewing: New Video Art from Europe, the Best of Loop III, Museum of Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona 

Remote Viewing: New Video Art from Europe, the Best of Loop II, Pazific Design Center, Los Angeles
Remote Viewing: New Video Art from Europe, the Best of Loop I, Museum of Arts Stockholm

walking the borderline - Skulpturenausstellung vom Kunstverein Erfurt, Peterskirche Erfurt, Germany

Opening Elisa Plateau Gallery, Brussels

Cover up, ModernTape, Berlin

Art Biesenthal - 2010, Berlin

Jumble, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Calling Beauty, Columbia University, Ohio, USA

Out of Control, 7th Int. Biennial of Photography and visual Arts in Liege, Grand Curtius Museum, Belgium

Collection Presentation, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands

Karaoke, Plattform 2010, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

Stars and Models, International Fotofestival Knokke, Belgium

40 Years Levy, Gallery Levy, Hamburg, Germany

Lost in Summer, Gallery White Trash, Hamburg, Germany 

International encounter of Contemporary Art, Santa Lucia , Venezuela

Das Fundament in der Kunst II, Gustav Marcks Museum Bremen, Germany

Index, Nomination for the Index Artprice, Kunsthaus Hamburg / USA

Busstop, Lange Nacht der Museen, Berlin 

Lange Nacht der Museen, Berlin

2009

Dresscode - ICP New York, International Video and Fototrienale in New York 

On Portrait 01, Kunstagenten, Berlin 

Stilllife, Gemeentemuseum The Haag, The Netherlands

Das Fundament in der Kunst I, Städtische Museen Heilbronn, Germany

National Museum Sanaa, Sanaa, Jemen

Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco 

Art Biesenthal - 2009, Berlin 

Twinism, AD & D Gallery, Osaka, Japan

XXth Century, Gemeentemuseum The Haag, The Netherlands 

Spotlight, Museum of Modern Art Mönchsberg, Austria 

Acquired & Admired: Collectables 3, Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague, The Netherlands 

2008 

System Mensch, Museum of Modern Art Salzburg, Austria

We call it Hamburg, Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany

Seven, Gallery Elisa Plateau, Brussels 

People, Spirits & Ghosts: Portraits, Gallery Nouvelle Image, The Haag, The Netherlands 

Who are you?, Gallery Adler, New York 

Ding Nova, Galerie Grusenmeyer, Brussels 

2007

Schöne Grüße aus Hohenlockstedt, Arthur Boskamp-Stiftung, Hohenlockstedt, Germany

DLD Collection, Gemeentemuseum The Haag, The Netherlands 

Förderpreis Bildende Kunst der Schering Stiftung, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin 

Hamburg Stipendiaten, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany

The last Blue Sky, Gallery Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin 

2006

Stile der Stadt, Große Bergstraße, Hamburg, Germany

Figure it out, Gallery Artfinder, Hamburg, Germany

Spatial Shift, Museum for Urban Sculpture, St. Petersburg, Russia 

2005

PILOT:2, London / England 

2004

Index 04, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany

Haustür, Zimmer, Fernseher, Abstellkammer, Gallery 88, Hamburg, Germany

Am Schlagbaum, Zoll/Douane l, Hamburg, Germany

Spielfeld, Feld für Kunst, Feld für Kunst, Hamburg, Germany

Vamos a la Playa, Temporary art space, ZeitBewegungen, Hamburg, Germany 

2003

Mai und Materie, Taubenstraße Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

OG. 4, Alsterhaus Hamburg, Germany 

2002

Villa Romana, Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

Zwischen Schwindel um Raum, Kampnagel KX, Hamburg, Germany 

"...und er sah, dass es gut war", Kirche St. Katharinen, Hamburg, Germany 

2000

Problem Malerei, Kunstverein Gütersloh, Germany 

Jahresausstellung HfBK Hamburg, Germany 

Collections (Selection)

Collection of Pieter and Marieke Sanders, Aerdenhout, The Netherlands

Collection Roosen-Trinks, Germany 

Collection Rusche, Germany

Sammlung des Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Münster, Germany

Mont Blanc Collection, Germany

Sammlung des Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria

Collection Miniatuur Museum, Reflex Modern Art Gallery, Amsterdam 

Sammlung des Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands

Collection Museo de San Carlos, Mexico City

Collection Caron, France

Collection Falkenberg, Germany

Collection JaLiMa, Germany

Collection Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany

Collection Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany

Collection Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Germany

Collection Evan Mirapaul, USA 

Awards/ Grants/ Fellowships/Lectures/ Symposium

2017 

Lecture at the Kunsthochschule Saarbrücken

2016 

Lecture at the Academie of Fine Arts in Bremen

Lecture at the Rice University in Houston, Texas, USA

Artist in Residence Rice Gallery, Houston, Texas

2014

Lecture at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, USA

Artist in Residence, In Flanders Fields Museum, Ieper, Belgium 

2013

Lecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Linz, Austria

2012

Lecture at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, USA

Artist in Residence, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA

Lecture at the Academy of Fine Arts Hamburg, Hamburg

Lecture at the International Center of Photography ICP, New York

2011

Lecture at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts, Kiel

Art Price Finkenwerder, Germany

2010

Nomination Index Kunstpreis Hamburg

Lecture at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts, Kiel

2009

Artist in Residence, German House Sanaa & Aden, Goethe-Institut in Jeminy

Lecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland 

2007 

Nomination, Sheering-Kunstpreis

2006 

Fellowship, City of Hamburg

2005 

Project grant for PILOT:2, London, Department of Culture Germany

2001 

2nd Prize, Kunst am Bau Ausschreibung LVA, Hamburg

2000 

Project fellowship, Friends of the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg Besser Scheitern