Born in Munich, Germany (1989). Lives and works in Munich.
Alina Grasmann is a realist painter whose large-scale, site-specific series blur fact and fiction. Her works are inspired by her travels, American architecture, film, and literature. Each series contains about 10–15 paintings, all based on specific locations. Grasmann researches places and then visits them in real life, recording her experiences and the atmosphere through photographs. Drawn to the narratives of each place, she compares the reality and sensation of the place with the way she imagined it would be, then makes interventions by changing or adding objects, or erasing parts. Rather than illustrating existing myths about a place, she aims to create space for association so new stories emerge.
Grasmann lives and works in Munich, Germany, having studied at the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Grasmann’s work has been exhibited at several museums in Germany, including Kunstverein München, Galerie der Künstler, and Hubert Burda Media.
August 8, 2020
March 18, 2020
June 18, 2018
Bedford and Bowery
June 18, 2018
August 1, 2017
December 16, 2016
In Paper Town (2018), a series of smaller oils on paper, Alina Grassman depicts the facades of a town that began as a copyright trap — a deliberate typo by map-makers to catch copyright infringement, using her painting technique to juxtapose fiction and reality.