Bernd Mechler is known for his potent paintings and monotypes. In his abstract artworks, Mechler creates a stimulating juxtaposition of layers of various densities, temperatures, and blurred contours by repetitive brushstrokes. His visual vocabulary is not focused on the use of an eye-catching colors, but rather on the empty spaces or striking white areas. Although his paintings require a high-concentration process inside his studio, they appear playful and spontaneous. The artist has a simple explanation for this: "When it comes to painting, lust must come first."
Bernd Mechler (b. 1958, Mannheim, Germany) studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy under Dieter Krieg from 1983 to 1991. He participated in numerous exhibitions and received several grants and prizes, such as the Villa Romana Prize, Florence, Italy, the Balmoral Castle, and the Kunstfonds, Bonn, in Germany. He lectures at various art colleges and universities including the Düsseldorf Art Academy, the Siegen University, the Dortmund University of Technology, and the Münster Art Academy, in Germany. Since 2007 he has been art lecture in painting at The Free Academy of Fine Arts (fadbk), Essen. He is one of the founding members of the prestigious artists’ residency Atelier Hoherweg 271, in Düsseldorf, together with artists Katharina Grosse, Sohei Hashimoto, Sybille Berke, Anno Frank Leven, Jan Kolata and Martin Kolbe. Mechler lives and works in Düsseldorf.