1961 born in Dortmund, Germany
lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA
After finalising his studies 1988 at the Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany, Markus Linnenbrink started his artistic career by showing in several galleries and institutions in Germany, since 2000 also in an international context. His work is part of important institutional and private collections like ERGO Düsseldorf, Germany, Justiz Vollzugsanstalt Düsseldorf, Germany (wall painting), Ministry of Culture, The Hague, The Netherlands, Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul, Turkey, San José Museum of Art, San José, California, USA or Collection Mark Giambrone, Dallas, Texas, USA. Liberation of the colour from the object represented, developing its own materiality and colourful luminosity is Linnenbrink’s story, referring to Jean Dubuffet, Jean Fautrier and Emil Schumacher in Europe in the mid-20th century, followed in the US by Jackson Pollock and Morris Louis at the same time. Linnenbrink elicits from the colour as matter and material a dazzling variety of individual colours, which he can achieve through different admixtures – covering panels, walls or even floors, be it outside or inside.
The by far largest drip painting is on view in the lobby of the Rockefeller Center, New York, USA.