Born 1962 in Heidelberg, Germany. Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.
Felix Gmelins’ education includes the Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm. His previous exhibitions include Revolution II, Portikus, Frankfurt [DE], Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden, Milliken, Stockholm and Maccarone Inc., New York, USA, Berlin Biennale 4, Berlin, Germany, Delays and Revolutions, Italian Pavilion, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, Iconoclash, Beyond the Image Wars in Science, Religion and Art, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, among others.
Using unobtrusive visual techniques, Felix Gmelin explores in his work on video and his paintings the pictorial symbolism of politics, the idea of utopia and radicalism. By comparing the political movements of the late 1960s with the activism of today, he enriches the complexity of the political debate and reflects the significance of history and its presence in contemporary life. The works become both private and universal to the extent that he – like an entire generation along with him – has to relate to the inheritance of the revolutionary era.