Antje Tesche-Mentzen


Antje Tesche-Mentzen was born in Kiel. In 1957, she received a stipend for painting from Werner Rieger (Kiel). She studied ballet, later also singing at the Musikhochschule at Munich. For all her adult life, she has worked intensely as painter and also as sculptor. Furthermore the artist is famous for her mosaics and her life-size ceramics and bronze figures in private collections and public spaces. She lives and works in Munich, in the Chiemgau area and in Venice (Italy). Antje Tesche-Mentzen´ s prolific oeuvre is powerful, moving, but also delicate and profound. What her paintings are concerned, she often mixes her true love for details with colourful mighty gestures. Abstract colour gradients and certain sections in paintings seem to intermingle various tendencies of classical and realistic painting techniques. Playing with these possibilities, the artist succeeds in developing her own distinctive fingerprint. Especially, her sculptures deal with mythical and supra-temporal topics. Many of her painted or sculpted compositions are inspired by music. In her paintings, landscapes or other topics are graded by tones like in music, almost trenched by rhythmical changes. Poetic movements of colour have a three-dimensional effect due to multi-layered, lavishly applied flows of colour and material. The works of the artist beam with energy and joy and are proof of her endeavour to catch – with Geist and technical skill – reality as a wonderful never-ending mystery. Antje Tesche-Mentzen is well-known because of her numerous national and international exhibitions. She has received many awards, among others the first price and execution for the „Denkmal für das ungeborene Kind“ („Memorial for the unborn child“) at Hamburg; the first price and execution of the memorial “Agnes Bernauer” (Vohburg) and the second price for sculpture at the Accademia Europea, Napoli. In 2017, she created the monumental bronze memorial for the ‚Carmina Burana, Carl Orff’ (Diessen am Ammersee). Her works were honoured in numerous TV shows and publications. She has been represented by LDXArtodrome Gallery since 2018.