From the early 80’s through today, Mayer refuses the tidy conventions of a signature style in favor of painting that's more varied and elusive. Drawing from a labyrinth of images that includes cult cinematic figures, porn stars, surrealist tropes, and store-bought flowers, Mayer has shaped an oeuvre critical of mass culture’s phantasmagoric representation of identity.
Hans-Jörg Mayer (German, b. 1955 in Singen, DE) lives in Berlin. Mayer’s work has been included in many institutional exhibitions, including Painting 2.0: Malerei im Informationszeitalter
(2015/16) at MuMoK in Vienna and Museum Brandhorst in Munich, Captain Pamphile – Ein Bildroman in Stücken (2011) at Collection Falckenberg, Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Make Your Own Life: Artists In & Out of Cologne (2007) at the Henry Art Gallery at University of Washington, Seattle and Museum of Contemporary Art Miami, and Made In Berlin (2004) at Art Forum Berlin, Berlin. In addition, Mayer’s practice has been the focus of multiple features in national and international periodicals, and is held in numerous public and private collections.