Artist of the Month: Clemens Luhmann

Clemens Luhmann was born in Germany in 1965, the son of internationally known sociologist and systems theorist, Niklas Luhmann, and his wife, the artist and goldsmith Ursula Luhmann. He grew up in Bielefeld, a college town in northwestern Germany.

Dr. Luhmann first traveled to Latin America in 1987, beginning an ongoing interest and fascination with Latin countries and culture. After his early travels, he studied medicine and went on to work as a general surgeon in the 1990s. He later turned his attention to neural therapy, specializing in alternative treatments of chronic pain disease. At the end of the millennium, he moved to Guatemala, where he now resides with his family in a home he built on a cliff overlooking Lake Atitlán.

Dr. Luhmann has been painting since childhood, guided, on one hand, by his mother’s teaching, and his father’s esthetic inspiration on the other. He later studied with US artist Guido Bondioli.

Dr. Luhmann’s painting has evolved from realistic-expressionistic origins to a unique abstract expressionism. By letting go of concrete figures, Dr. Luhmann unlocks the imagination of the observer, allowing them to connect with the painting on a variety of emotional and intuitive levels. His compositions of rich, contrasting colors and patterns draw the eye of the observer into the painting, creating an array of potential worlds, each with a countless variety of possibilities.

As in the microscopic cellular world of the human body, one discovers ever more details and loses oneself in a fantastic realm. The esthetics of the micro- and macroscopic human body provide Dr. Luhmann with an abundance of ideas and suggestions, though he never thinks of specific figures or forms while painting, resulting in the intersection of intent and randomness.

On Wednesday, July 9th at 5 PM, there will be an inauguration of an exhibition of Dr. Luhmann’s works at La Antigua Galería de Arte, 4a Calle Oriente #15 [ MAP D6].





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