born 1970 in Rheydt, Germany
lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland

education:

1999 Master of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1997 certificate program, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

exhibitions:

2018
Who needs gravity anyway?, Kunstraum Kreuzlingen (solo) (parallel exhibit: Hicham Berrada)
Galerie Reinart, Schaffhausen, (mit Pawel Ferus und Wink Witholt)

2017
Silk Road International Innovation Week, Northwest University Museum, Xi ' an, China
Catch of the Year, Dienstgebäude, Zürich
Spot on Nairs, Kulturzentrum Nairs, Scuol, GR

2016
Im Rausch, Kunstmuseum Thurgau Kartause Ittingen, TG
Werk-und Atelierstipendien der Stadt Zürich, Helmhaus, Zürich
Das Fabrikutop, Brunnen, SZ
Spot on 1, Kulturzentrum Nairs, Scuol, GR
There will be Light, Die Sonnenstube, Lugano, TI

2015
Kicked it into the Sun, Kunstraum Engländerbau, Vaduz, FL (solo)
Werk-und Atelierstipendien der Stadt Zürich, Helmhaus, Zürich
Werkschau 2015, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Museum Haus Konstruktiv,Zürich
Heliotron, Duflon Racz, Bern
Protein Fix, Centre d'Art Contemporain Project Space, Genf
Peculiar Velocity, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, USA
Neue Kunsthalle Zürich, Projekt03, mit Wink Witholt
Catch of the Year, Dienstgebäude, Zürich
Innbakaður Fiskur, SIM, Reykjavik, Iceland

2014
subjektive 2014, group show with 15 artists in 1600sqm factory, augsburg, germany
it would take an airplane 1100 years to circle the largest known star once,
forum vebikus, schaffhausen, (solo) (parallel exhibit: lukas salzmann)
der aufstand der dinge, galerie am leewasser, brunnen, sz

2013
catch of the year, dienstgebäude, zurich
les urbaines, lausanne
lightshow, lokal-int, biel (solo)
seifenbaum und wolkenbrot, park villa flora, gersau, sz
orion, ion, zurich

2012
die fabrik ruft, cement plant, brunnen, switzerland
the grand final, galerie alexandra saheb, berlin
grundrauschen, kunstverein göttingen, göttingen (solo)
piz tschuetta, vna, switzerland (solo)

2011
biennial fundraiser exhibition, the drawing room, london
a tale of voyages and incidents, with marion ritzmann, contemporally, augsburg
tape modern no.19 anniversary show, tape modern, berlin
the path of least resistance, galerie alexandra saheb, berlin (solo)
anonyme zeichner, sihlquai55, zurich, switzerland

2010
ich habe mich geweigert einen baum zu zeichnen, ausstellungsraum klingental, basel
senatsstipendiatenausstellung, ngbk, berlin
deliberations from a collector, centre for recent drawing, london

2009
metaflora & kryptofauna, galerie alexandra saheb, berlin (solo)
paperview, john jones project space, london
unerreichbar ist gerade nah genug, galerie alexandra saheb, berlin
biennial fundraiser exhibition, the drawing room, london
kunsthalle villa kobe, halle/saale
instability, art interrogating crisis, simmons & simmons city point, london
curraint d’ajer, fundaziun nairs, scuol, switzerland

2008
solo presentation at tokyo101 art fair
curraint d’ajer, fundaziun nairs, scuol, switzerland

2007
every eye sees differently as the eye, the drawing room, london
ladies and gentleman..., sacco gallery, miami
beauty spot, galerie alexandra saheb, berlin
three biosonic rooms, box , berlin (solo)
curraint d’ajer, fundaziun nairs, scuol, switzerland
donn roca x-mas show, donn roca gallery, odense, denmark

2006
team, galerie arndt &partner, berlin
among the trees, new jersey center for visual arts, summit, new jersey
heiko blankenstein: zeichnungen, galerie alexandra saheb, berlin (solo)
die schöne nacht im liebeskraut, kampagne, berlin

2005
festival of dreams. lombard-freid fine arts, new york
heiko blankenstein: new works, galerie alexandra saheb, berlin (solo)

2004
1.berliner kunstsalon, berlin
drawing the line between fact and fiction, rocketshop, berlin
u build it, rocketshop, berlin

awards:

workgrant Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich 2015
residency, SIM Reykjavik, Island, 2015
work grant 2009 of the berlin senate
residency, nairs foundation, scuol, switzerland 2007/2008
william emlen cresson travelscholarship
governor’s award of pennsylvania
gilroy roberts scholarship
gray trust stipend
maple wilson woodrow memorial prize
angelo pinto memorial prize for experimental art
thouron prize
wharton esherick museum award

public collections:

arco collection, centro galego de arte contemporanea, santiago de compostela, spain
lodeveans collection, london
pictet asset management collection, london
fundacion privada sorigue, spain
pennsylvania academy of fine arts, philadelphia, usa
wharton esherick museum, paoli, usa