We Expected Something Better Than Before

March 23rd – May 4th, 2014

Opening reception: March 23rd, 6-9pm

Pablo’s Birthday presents “We expected something better than before”, the first solo exhibition of German painter Pius Fox in New York.

In a March 2014 article called “The other fairs”, in The New Criterion, Writer Brian P. Kelly had this to say about Fox’s art at Volta NY:

“The abstractions of Pius Fox are, in a word, sublime. Worked quickly and with very little pre-planning, these paintings are incredibly energetic. Their surfaces are rich in detail, the speed of Fox’s work leaving a readable puzzle that tells the story of each piece’s creation. A young artist (born in 1983, he graduated from the University of the Arts in Berlin in 2010), he is brimming with talent and holds great promise for the future.”

Fox moves between painting and drawing, between form and content, always on the verge of the non-objective.

Compositions venture into various configurations of spatial expression created by the superimposition of layers of paint, while

subject matter originates from the interior of his studio, windows, doors, curtains, facades - introspective in atmosphere, yet formally looking outwards.

Firmly rooted in modernism departing from constructivism and cubism, Fox branches out into more painterly styles reminiscent of Diebenkorn and Hockney while evolving his very personal language.

Pius Fox was born in 1983 and graduated from UdK (University of the Arts) in Berlin with a BA under professor Frank Badur and a master class under professor Pia Fries in 2010.

The Berlin painter has had solo exhibitions in Paris and Berlin and is featured in many international collections across Europe and the US.

March 23rd - May 4th, 2014