Ralf Ziervogel holds a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Universität der Künste, Berlin (GER).
His professor at UdK was Lothar Baumgarten. In parallel, he studied philosophy at Freie Uni-
versität Berlin (GER) (2001 – 2004).
Ralf Ziervogel received numerous grants, including Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, in
2002 – 2005 and the Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Grant (2006 – 2008). Followed by the Artists-in-Re-
sidence program at Triangle Arts Association, New York City (USA) (2009 – 2010) – funded by
the Berlin Senate Department of Cultural Affairs (GER) and the Artists-in-Residence program
at Deutsche Akademie, Villa Massimo and Casa Baldi, in Rome (2014), among others.
In 2000, Ralf Ziervogel commenced a series of short videos (each average duration, 3 min), of
violent approach: In absurd performances Ziervogel was brushing his teeth, arguing or going
berserk on clichés of the modern (art) world. Ralf Ziervogel examined Bruce Nauman’s studio
performance videos, or works of Eva Hesse, Ana Mendieta, Sol LeWitt, a.o. – The Minimal art-
ists became his target, in his own ambition to be noticed. Robert Barry’s works on paper, pro-
voked Ziervogel to RITTER SPORT (2001), a drawing with black ink on squared paper, contain-
ing 1.000.000 drawn dots, on a 39.4 x 39.4″ surface. A sculpture made purely out of adhesive
tape (UNTITLED, 2001 – 2006), rolled up day by day, until the work was a size suitable for the
Guinness Book of Records: It failed for the 2006’s edition.
In 2003, Ralf Ziervogel had his first appearance with his short performance videos DAS ERSTE
(2000) and ABLATTEN (2001), in EYES LOOK INTO THE WELL, a video group show, curated by
Peter Lang and Christoph Tannert at Brandenburger Kunstverein in Potsdam (GER). Followed
by a video program, curated by Johannes Paul Raether and Sparwasser HQ Berlin (GER), exhi-
bited Ziervogel’s PROTO (2000 – 2003), a video album, containing seven videos, was screened
on TV sets at several private homes, in Istanbul (TUR).
Ziervogel had his first solo exhibition with installations, performances and videos at Invaliden-
straße, in Berlin (2003).
In 2004, Ralf Ziervogel exhibited the seven channel video installation PROTO at David Zwirner
Gallery, New York City (USA), which was displayed also at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenha-
gen (DEN), two months earlier. During a three months fellowship to New York City, Ziervogel
started drawings on large-scale paper, which he rolled out from underneath a bed, in his tiny
appartment in Manhattan, to develop universes of violence and fun. In autumn 2004, a twen-
ty-two feet tall figurative drawing, titled IMMOBILIE (2004) became the center piece in MADE
IN BERLIN, a group show of international established artists, curated by Zdenek Felix at Artfo-
rum Berlin (GER). – In 2005, at Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin (GER) and Galerie Bernd Kugler,
Innsbruck (AUT), Ziervogel exhibited his first figurative drawing installations. With each work,
Ralf Ziervogel creates without preliminary drawing, detailed, absurd apocalyptic works on pa-
per webs, in black and white. Palm-sized contoured figures meandering in violent excitement:
Viewed from a distance they form an ornamental network.
In 2005, LA NOUVELLE PEINTURE ALLEMANDE, at Carré d’Art – Musée d’Art Contemporain de
Nimes (FRA), presented over twenty established painters with one exception. Other group ex-
hibitions followed in 2006, at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (FIN), Transmediale,
Berlin (GER), FRANZ WEST SIN FRANZ WEST, curated by Veit Loers at Centro Atlántico de Arte
Moderno, in Las Palmas (ESP), at Bregenzer Kunstverein (AUT) and first of three group exhibi-
tions in 2006, 2009 and 2013 at Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens (GRE),
featured Ralf Ziervogel’s new drawing installations and videos.
In 2006, Ziervogel’s MAMATERIAL, a multi media installation spread across three rooms, at Fig-
ge von Rosen Galerie, Cologne (GER), was praised by Artforum International. Three months la-
ter, ENDENEU (THE FEDERAL SUBCONSCIOUSNESS) (2006), a twenty by twenty feet floor instal-
lation, was exhibited at Statement Art Basel (CHE). The work consists of three figurative draw-
ings under bulletproof glass.
In 2007, Ralf Ziervogel had his first solo museum show at The Modern, Modern Art Museum of
Fort Worth (USA), which spanned across four rooms with three drawing installations and UNTI-
TLED (2000 – 2006), a sculpture made of adhesive tape. In summer 2007, Ziervogel’s second solo
museum show featured ENDENEU (THE FEDERAL SUBCONSCIOUSNESS) – and the seven channel
video installation PROTO, at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (AUT). Ralf Ziervogel’s inaugural show at
AS Contemporary, in New York City (USA) was on, one month later. At the same time Ziervogel
presented videos from PROTO at Venice Biennale, (UNIVERSE / THE HAMSTER WHEEL) Arsenale,
52nd Biennale di Venezia (ITA). After an Artists-In-Residence program at Mishkenot Sha’ananim
in Jerusalem, Ziervogel’s infinite drawing series EVERY ADIDAS GOT ITS STORY (2005 -) made of
palm-size figurative drawings, on 23.4 x 10.6″ paper, each work with a black envelope (in same
size) on their right sides, was displayed at Noga Gallery, in Tel Aviv (ISR).
Several international group exhibitions in 2007 and 2008, at Centre D’art Santa Mònica, Barcelo-
na (ESP), Konsthall Malmö (SWE), Arndt & Partner, Zurich (CHE), The Drawing Center, New York
City (USA) Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (GER) and MADE IN GERMANY I, at Sprengel Muse-
um, Hanover (GER), one year later, Akademie Der Künste, Berlin (GER), Weserburg I Museum für
Moderne Kunst, Bremen (GER) and COMPASS IN HANDS, at The Museum of Modern Art, in New
York City (USA), presented Ralf Ziervogel´s drawings and installations from different collections.
In 2008, TERZ with Jorinde Voigt at Kunstverein Gießen (GER): Transformed into a triangle, a ti-
ny exhibition space became even smaller, accessible for only one viewer, to see two different in-
stallations on paper: Ziervogel introduced this form of presentation for EVERY ADIDAS GOT ITS
STORY at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (GER), earlier that year. Later, LIFE IS BUT GREAT (2008), a multi
media installation, across three different locations, was presented and live performed by Ziervo-
gel at The Watermill Center in Water Mill (USA). MORLOK (2006), an installation made of seven,
figurative drawings and ENDENEU (2008, 11,8 x 32,8 ft) the largest work on paper Ziervogel has
made so far, were exhibited at Kunstverein Ulm (GER) and Kunstverein Heilbronn (GER). At Kün-
stlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (GER), he installed UD (2007), a grey fabric war tent with mechanical
arms, hitting from inside out.
In 2009, Ralf Ziervogel’s multi media intervention GODSCOP, came along with first solo catalog:
EVERY ADIDAS GOT ITS STORY (Koenig Books London, 2008), sponsored by Sammlung Südhaus-
bau and Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (GER). YOUNG GERMAN ART at Arndt & Partner, Ber-
lin (GER), was featured in Artforum International and presented Ziervogel´s new drawing instal-
lations, A+B+Z (2009) and UNTITLED I-V (YGA) (2009) made with black ink on spray paint, along
with the new sculptures RZAH (2009) and GG (2008), was shown during Berlin Gallery Weekend.
The Triangle Art Association and The Byrd Hoffmann Foundation, in New York City (USA), exhi-
bited two multi media installations, THIS IS IT! and MAWHISTLA, by Ralf Ziervogel, in same year.
In 2010, Charim Galerie, Vienna (AUT) and Carbon 12 Dubai (UAE) presented THE BIG WINDOW
and ICING SUGAR (both 2009), each made of 50 framed works, on paper, with black spray paint.
Ralf Ziervogel’s first wall drawing, displayed a larger than life figuration at K21 Kunstsammlung
Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf (GER). Two months later, he revealed a 43 feet tall, steel and
fiberglass sculpture BLACK PAM PAN XX (2010), in front of Aschersleben’s rail-way station. – The
work was destroyed in a car accident, in 2011.
In 2010 and 2011, Ziervogel’s works were shown at Museum Für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen (GER),
MAK, Frankfurt am Main (GER), Kunsthalle Emden (GER), Ludwig Museum, Koblenz (GER), Kunst-
museum Bonn (GER), Regina Gallery, London (GBR), Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin (GER), Munich-
Modern, Munich (GER), Schloss Sihlberg, Zurich (CHE), me collectors room, Berlin (GER), la maison
rouge, Paris (FRA), Deutsche Bank Collection, Frankfurt Am Main (GER), Klondyke Institute of Art
& Culture, Dawson City, Yukon (CAN) and Schloss Faber Castell in Stein (GER). The Cinema Puerto
Vallarta (MEX) featured DAS ERSTE on big screen, followed by a duo exhibition with Martin Scor-
cese’s TAXI DRIVER storyboards and Ralf Ziervogel’s drawing HD (2011), at Deutsche Kinemathek,
In 2012, KAUFT NICHT BEI CFA, an exhibition with larger than life figurations on paper, displayed
on black suede walls, at Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (GER), was followed by Ralf Ziervogel’s se-
cond wall drawing Y, as always without a preliminary drawing, the larger than life figuration was
drawn directly on the walls at Galeria Kewenig Oratorio de Sant Feliu, Palma (ESP). ECCE, the con-
cept of a 394 x 394 x 394 feet cube on Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin, was featured by David Chipper-
field, in COMMON GROUND, at Arsenale, the 13th Biennale di Venezia Architectura, Venice (ITA).
In 2012 – 2014, more group shows at Q Contemporary, Beirut (LBN), Stadtgalerie Kiel (GER), Werk-
schauhalle, Leipzig (GER), ARNDT, Melbourne (AUS), Carroussel du Louvre, Paris (FRA), Contempo-
rary Fine Arts, Berlin (GER), ACLA – Art Center, Los Angeles (USA), Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal
(GER), Museo Nacional de Arte, La Paz (BOL), Anna Akhmatova Museum, St. Petersburg (RUS), Tal-
linn Art Hall, Tallinn (EST), HMKV – Dortmunder U, Dortmund (GER), at Galerie im Taxispalais, Inns-
In 2014, Ziervogel took a break from all exhibitions. That year, accompanied by archaeologists, he
researched artifacts from the reign of Pharao Akhenaten, in parts of Libyan Desert, in north of Su-
dan and Egypt. During the Artists-in-Residence program at Villa Massimo and Casa Baldi, Ralf Zier-
vogel, published NO AWARDS (Kerber Verlag Berlin, 2014), three short stories about failures in his
18 months later, in 2015, Ziervogel had restarted with a new group of works: Body prints, made of
gouache and handwritten texts in ink, on large-scale papers, were first presented at Strabag Kunst-
forum, Vienna (AUT). In 2015 – 2017, Benaki Museum, Athens (GRE), Salsali Private Museum, Dubai
(UAE), ngorongoro, Lehderstrasse, Berlin (GER), Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (GER), Galerie Eigen+Art,
Berlin (GER), Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi, Wellington (NZL), Kremlin Gostinyy dvor, Moscow, in
Russia, Galerie Michael Fuchs, Berlin (GER), Große Werkschau, in Worpswede (GER), THE DRAWING
BIENNALE at Drawing Room, London (GBR), Muzeul National de Artă al României, Bukarest (ROU),
Hamburger Kunstverein (GER), Arp Museum Rolandseck, Remagen (GER), K. Palais Thurn und Taxis,
Bregenz (AUT), Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn (GER) and Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (GER) – among
others, exhibited Ralf Ziervogel’s drawing installations with body prints. In 2016, Ziervogel wrote a
Chamber play, titled CAPUT, about a young man, provoking a computer system to develop his own
In 2017, GANZ UNTEN, Ralf Ziervogel’s solo exhibition with CROSS (2014), a handwritten text in ink
on white canvas, displayed in a storeroom at Eigen+Art Lab, Berlin (GER), the same year Ziervogel´s
second infinite drawing series ESKIMOLIED (2013 -) was first presented along with two installations
of body prints, at Kunsthalle Göppingen (GER).
In 2018 – 2019, Ziervogel presented over 130 works, including drawings, installations, sculptures, vi-
deos and photography, across four floors at Deichtorhallen Sammlung Falckenberg Hamburg (GER).
AS IF was Ralf Ziervogel’s biggest institutional solo exhibition to date.
In 2019, Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (GER) was showing ESKIMOLIED drawings,
from its permanent collection. SCHLUSS, Ziervogel’s first curated group show at SchauFenster, Berlin
(GER) presented works of Carl Andre and Ana Mendieta or Medikamenten Manfred and Hustensaft-
In 2020, the Sprengel Museum Hanover has been appointed custodian of Ziervogel’s private archive,
spanning his works between 2000 – 2020, including drawings, publications, photos, videos and a dig-
ital archive of 2.5 TB data volume. LINIE LINE LINEA (ifa group show of contemporary drawings from
Germany) ended its 10 years world tour with drawings, OFU I (2006) and EUROMA (2007) at Milli Re-
asürans Sanat Galerisi, in Istanbul (TUR).
In 2021, ZIERVOGEL contributed a set design for ABSENT WOLVES (performance piece for Beuys 2021
by Sebastian Blasius) at Zeche Zollverein, Essen (GER) and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (GER).