born in montabaur/germany

johannes-gutenberg-universität mainz [german philology, economics, philosophy]

masters degree

academy of fine arts [städel] frankfurt with hermann nitsch

scholarship of the »hans-böckler-foundation«

since 2003
lives and works in rome and wiesbaden


Edith Urban, born in 1956, lives and works in Rome since 2003. Working at the »borders« of painting, literature and rhythm, she uses decontextualized fragments of texts to compose series of essentially monochromatic paintings. She developed this approach studying fine arts with the Viennese artist Hermann Nitsch at the Academy of Fine Arts »Städel« in Frankfurt (1995-97) where Nitsch held the professorship for interdisciplinary art.
As a former literature student (she holds a Master’s degree in Economy and German philology) Edith Urban has always been fascinated by the interface of painting, text and rhythm: how a phrase that she turns over repeatedly and rhythmically in her mind triggers the process of »composing« a painting. The text fragments consist of everything  from short statements, allusions, lines of poetry, reflections and dialogues to a line from a pop-song.
She uses these fragments stripped from their original context like mantras, repeatedly writing them into the wet paint, in multiple  layers. Doing this, they inevitably become aesthetically important graphic elements in the painting: sometimes bold letters occupying ample space, sometimes letters that are small and almost apologetic.

selection from 2000 to now

>le altre opere< a cura di daniela perego e lucilla catania, museo napoleonico, roma

>sketch< a cura di gianluca covelli, prodotto da vertigoarte, galleria la nuova pesa, roma

>il paradosso della visione< rome art week, roma
>MACRO Atelier#1< MACRO museo arte contemporaneo roma [k] >pdf_827kB
>stille< curated by ulrich meyer-husmann, kunstforum mainturm [i]
>entasi< curated by massimo ruiu, casa dell'architettura, roma
>un certain regard< a cura di tiziana musi, galleria la nube di oort, roma [c]

>raw< - rome art week, roma

>raw< - rome art week, roma

>diversamente concettuali< a cura di werther germondari, spazio OGA, roma
>the sound of silence< a cura di vittoria biasi, palazzo sacchetti, roma
>tra le righe< a cura di marcello carriero, galleria miralli, viterbo [i], [c] >pdf_3.3MB

>il mito sepolto< curated by luigi paolo finizio, museo dei brettii, cosenza [c]
>side by side< curated by serafino amato, galleria monti, rome [i]
>what do you think I'd see, if I could walk away from me?< project with composer lucio gregoretti, curated by tanja lelgemann, centro luigi di sarro, rome [i][c] >pdf_650kB

>io sono un'altra<, curated by ulrich meyer-husmann
galleria la nube di oort, roma [i][c] >pdf_3.3MB
galleria vertigo, cosenza 

>maria und marie< kunstverein germersheim [i], curated by ulrich meyer-husmann
>casa con vista< trastevere, roma
>second edition< colonia 210, spinnerei leipzig [i]
>diary-projects< november 2012, www.diaryprojects.net

>transformation< landtag rheinland-pfalz, mainz [i]

>insiemi non disgiunti< a cura di rosa pierno galleria la nube di oort, rome [c]
>al di là delle parole< curated by pia candinas, galleria tiepoli38, rom [i] [c]
>denkenfuehlensein< katholische akademie trier, trier [i]
>the space between and around words< curated by shara wassermann, temple gallery, rom [i][c]

>fra le 4 pareti< progetto con quattro artisti in una casa vuota, rom
>ampliamento della percezione< galleria tiepolo38, rom
>life at the end of life< bellevue-saal wiesbaden

>tolleranza/intolleranza< galleria vagabonda, curated by agnietszka zakrzewicz, lodz, polen
>giancarlo sciannella-edith urban< galleria liart, villa borghese, roma [i]
>psyche says-works from rome< kommunale galerie schlangenbad [i]

>elegies< galleria studio pratt, roma [i][c]

>100 works...< bellevue-saal, wiesbaden
>o. t.< atelier neun, mainz

>eli eli lama asabthani< art in a religious setting, hauptkirche st. jacobi, hamburg [i]
>resumee<, kommunale galerie, darmstadt [c]
>arte dei due mondi< travelling exhibition, curated by the venezuelan embassy, roma, l'alquila [c]

>eli eli lama asabthani< art in a religious setting, dietrich-bonhoeffer-kirche, hamburg [i]
>vorbild-nachbild< lukas-cranach-prize, cranach-höfe wittenberg [c]
>under cover< orangerie darmstadt [c]
>painting – painting over – not painting< kommunale galerie, darmstadt [i]

>hessiale<  kunsthalle und stadtraum giessen [c]
>passages and poetic signs< galerie thalhaus, wiesbaden [i]
>conjunction-works< hilton frankfurt [c]

>works on canvas< kommunale galerie, schlangenbad [i]
>life and work of marie louise fleißer< harder-bastei, ingolstadt 

>five from seven< kunsthaus wiesbaden
>the first look and the last< wiesbaden [i]


legend [i] individual shows – solo or 2-person-shows [c] catalogue

sonia gentili: >edith urban: image of poetry - poetry of the image<, catalogue, 
ed: galleria miralli, viterbo, 2016

marcello carriero: >tra le righe<, catalogue [>pdf_3.3MB],
ed: galleria miralli, viterbo, 2016

tanja lelgemann: >what do you think I'd see, if I could walk away from me?<,
catalogue [>pdf_650kB], ed. centro luigi di sarro, roma, 2015

ulrich meyer-husmann: >maria und marie< catalogue [>pdf_3.3MB],
ed.: galleria la nube di oort, roma, 2013

shara wasserman: >the silent space between and around words< catalogo, 
ed.: temple gallery, roma, 2009

rosa pierno: >insiemi non disgiunti< catalogo, 
ed.: galleria la nube di oort, roma, 2009

pia candinas: >il mondo orrizontale di edith urban< catalogo, 
galleria tiepolo38, roma, 2009

rosa pierno: >tangenze. edith urban< 
in: pagine d' arte, issue no. 12, 2008

works, in: >anterem< rivista di ricerca letteraria, no. 77, 2008

rosa pierno: >donne.voci.< catalogue, 
ed.: temple gallery, roma, 2009

>duemila 03/04< catalogue, 
ed.: kommunale galerie und kulturamt darmstadt 2004

peter herbstreuth: >vorbild-nachbild< catalogue,
ed.: cranach-stiftung wittenberg 2003

>hessiale 2002< catalogue  
ed.: volker bunte gießen

i-00153 roma