Born 1978 in Mönchengladbach, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany


2009 – 2011  MFA, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK
2003 – 2006  Diploma, Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, Germany
2000 – 2003  Bergische Universitat Wuppertal, Germany


Solo Exhibitions (selected)



Lazybones, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Waggle Dance, Rodolphe Jannsen, Brussels, Belgium
Eigenbrötler, Eigen + Art Lab, Berlin, Germany
Tit For Tat, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
2018 Mingle Mime, BolteLang, Zürich, Switzerland
Teamwork, Frutta Gallery, Glasgow, UK
Lightbox, Chapter Arts Center, Cardiff, UK
2017 CAPRI, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
2016 Eclipse, @ung5 (curated by kubaParis), Cologne, Germany
Gone Fishing (with Jean-Philipe Dordolo) Centrum, Berlin, Germany
Drunk Octopus wants to fight, Limencello, London, UK
Liste, Basel (solo presentation with Limencello), Switzerland
2015 Turner, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK
Tiny Dancer, Kunstverein, Ulm, Germany
2013 Theres a light and a whistle for attracting attention, DREI, Cologne, Germany
Schnick Schnack Schnuck!, Limencello, London, UK
2012 Sunday Art Fair, Limencello, London, UK
Hooloovoo, Aspex Galleri Portsmouth, UK
2010 The great Loop forward, Tank Gallery, London, UK


Group Exhibitions (selected)





Trio Feminin, Christine König Galerie, Vienna, Austria
Group Show, Lippische Gesellschaft, Detmold, Germany
Girl Meets Girl, Norway, Organised by Jari Lager and Paul Carey- Kent
Group Show, Canary Wharf Outdoor Exhibition, London, UK

Cadmio Limón, Galería Pelaires, Palma, Mallorca, Spain
You Can Do Better – Bad Painting, Elektrohalle Rhomberg, Salzburg, Austria
Now! Young Painting in Germany, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
Girl Meets Girl, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen, Norway
2019 Now! Young Painting in Germany, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Museum Wiesbaden, Kunstsammlung Chemnitz, Germany
I Would Love Just One Flower, I Don’t Need the Whole Bouquet, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
2018 Group Show, Frutta Gallery, Rome, Italy
The Everyday and Extraordinary, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, UK
2017 31 Women, BREESE LITTLE, London, UK
Jump Ball, Dio Horia, Mykonos, Greece
An eyeful of wry, Government Art Collection, Hull, UK
Cinque Monstre, American Academy in Rome
Schau 4, Kunsthaus Kollitsch, Austria
Home is not a Place, Contemporary Art from Berlin and London, London, UK
Every Line Tells Its Own Story, Galerie Nathalie Halgand, Vienna, Austria
JUMP, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jokes on Painting, Schau Fenster, Berlin, Germany
You see me like a UFO, Marcelle Joseph Projects, London
2016 Catherine Biocca, Cornelia Baltes, Rosalie Schweiker, curated by Louise Hobson, Mission Galleri, Swansea, UK
Double Acts, At Home Salon, curated by Marcelle Joseph, London, UK
Alice in Crisis, Dio Horia, Mykonos, Greece
New Adventures in vexillology 2, curated by Valeska hageney, Kunstverein Amrum, Germany
Life Eraser, curated by Dominco de Chirico, Brand New Galleri, Milan, Italy
Your Swath, My Jab, DREI, Cologne, Germany
True Love Over Physics, Coma Galleri, Sydney, Australia
Gestalt and Werden, Feldbusch Wiesner Rudolph, Berlin, Germany
2015 Womens Art Society II, MOSTYN, Wales, UK
Oh, of course, yor were berry picking, DREI, Cologne, Germany
Feel the discourse (curated by Christina Ramos, Guest Projects, London, UK
2014 100 Painters of tomorrow, Book Launch, Christies/Beers Contemporary, London, UK
Off the wall, Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany
East London Painting Prize – shortlist show, Bow Arts, London, UK
VitalArts (Commision), The Royal London Hospital, London, UK
Apples and Pears, DREI, Cologne, Germany
2013 Curiosity and Method, Less is More Projects, London, UK
Carousel, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK
Nur was nicht ist ist möglich – Malerei im Raum, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Zero Gravity, Less is more projects, Paris, France
2012 Chimera Q.T.E., Cell Project Space, London, UK
P/N/7 The summary show, Project Number, London, UK
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy London, London, UK
Curatorial Spotlight, FordProject, New York, USA
Young British Art II (curated by Ryan Garder and Christina von Rotenhan), Dienstgebäude, Zurich, Switzerland
2011 Crash Open Salon Show, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London, UK
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011 Site Gallery/ S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK
MA/MFA Show 2011, Slade School of Fine Arts, London, UK
2010 John Moores Painting Prize, Jealous Gallery, London, UK
Istanbul was Constantinople, Hush Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
Slade Interim Show, Woburn Research Center, London, UK
Art in Focus: Black and white Flower painting St. Marys Hospice, London, UK
Threads Tank Gallery, London, UK
Exhibitionism, Eastwing 9, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Sommerset House, London, UK
Pastiche – When a tree falls in the Forest…, Solyst Castle Park, Jyderup, Denmark
2008 3 in 1, Kunsthaus Essen, Essen, Germany
Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW, Museum Kunst Palast Duesseldorf, Germany
2007 Love Stories, GAM-Galerie am Museum, Essen, Germany
Ches Nouz, Kunsthaus Essen, Germany
2006 Enface, diploma exhibition, Forum for Art and Architecture, Essen, Germany
Pentiment, Show, Summer Academy, Hamburg, Germany
Ruhrplus Music and Art Festival, Bochum, Germany
Herrengedeck, Gallery Brave Lotte, Duisburg, Germany
2005 Schon wieder Winter, Solaris e. V. Dusseldorf, Germany
Sichtwerk, University Duisburg – Essen, Germany
Aussenstelle No. 2, Forum for Art and Architecture, Essen, Germany


Catalogue/Publications (selected)

2015 Cornelia Baltes. Qui!, Marianne-Defet-Malerei-Stipendium,2014
Hrsg. Institut für moderne Kunst, mit einem Text von Harriet Zilch, 64 pages, 2015
Womens Art Society IIAusstellungskatalog, Mostyn Publishing, S. 11-14
2014 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Thames & Hudson, 2014, p36-37
Hrsg. Institut für moderne Kunst, mit einem Text von Harriet Zilch, 64 pages, 2015
Womens Art Society II, Ausstellungskatalog, Mostyn Publishing, S. 11-14
2013 Nur was nicht ist ist möglich – Malerei im Raum, Edition Folkwang/Steidl, 2013, p 92-101
2011 Bloomberg New Contemporaries In the Presence, 2011, p33-34
2010 John Moores 26 Contemporary Painting Prize 2010, Walker Art Gallery, 2010, p24
2008 Die große Kunstausstellung NRW 2008 – Ausstellungskatalog, 2008


Articles/Reviews (selected)

2022 ‘Diagonal Looking: On The Work of Cornelia Baltes’, George Vasey, Lazybones press, 2022
2021 Cornelia Baltes Shows Us How to Play Among Paintings’, Martin Herbert, ArtReview, 2021
‘Cornelia Baltes’, Laura Helena Wurth, Eigenbrötler, 2021
2017 “The All-Female Show Channeling Peggy Guggenheim’s Legacy”, AnOther, June 1, 2017
“Cornelia Baltes makes simply complex works of art”, Bobby Solomon, The fox is black, September 5, 2017
2016 “Cornelia Baltes, the creator of delicious fine art” Lucy Bourton, It’s Nice That, October 18, 2016
Review of Cornelia Baltes’ “Drunk Octopus Wants to Fight”, Louisa Elderton, Flash Art, March/April, 2016
“Cornelia Baltes: Drunk Octopus Wants to Fight”, Sophie Risner, This is Tomorrow, February 3, 2016
“Critics’ Picks”, Nicolas John Jones, Art Forum Online, February 29, 2016
2015 “Cornelia Baltes: Turner”, George Vasey, This is Tomorrow, July 15, 2015
“Philip Guston, Cornelia Blates, Stan Douglas: this week’s new exhibitions”, Robert Clarke, Guardian Guide, June 6, 2015
“16 Emerging Artists to Watch in 2016”, Editorial, Artsy, December 16, 2015
2014 “London Art Fair 2014: 10 highlights” Lowenna Waters, The Telegraph Online, January 11, 2014
“London Art Fair 2014”, Liz Elton, PaintUnion Blog, January 17, 2014
“London Art Fair 2014: A Metamorphosis of Maturity and Sophistication”, Ben Austin, ArtLyst, January 16, 2014
2013 “Wenn alles aus den Fugen gerät – Cornelia Baltes”, Kunnst, Winter 2013, p. 34-39
“Starter – die neuen Künstler”, ART Das Kunstmagazine, August, 2013
“Cornelia Baltes”, Denis Bury, Museum Folkwang Catalogue, May, 2013, p. 93
Review of Cornelia Baltes’ Schnick Schnack Schnuck, Theo Page, The Page, March, 2013
Review of Cornelia Baltes’ Schnick Schnack Schnuck, Francesca Brooks, Hackney Citizen, February, 2013
Review of Chiera Q.T.E, Morgan Quaintance, Rhizome, January, 2013
2012 “24 Artists to watch”, Modern Painters, December, 2012, p. 82
“Eine Künstlerin zwischen zwei Welten”, Die Welt, June 6, 2012, p.8
“Chimera Q. T. E”, Mette Kjaergaard Praest, This is Tomorrow, December 10, 2012, p.8
2011 “Sheffield New Wave”, Sarah Cockburn, The Culture Vulture, September 27, 2011
2010 “Cornelia Baltes: The Great Loop Forward”, ArtRabbit, October, 2010
“Artist Set for John Moores Painting Prize”, Julia Houston, BBC News, September 11, 2010



2016 Working Grant, Kunstfonds Bonn e.V.
2015 Project Grant, Kunststiftung NRW
2014 Marianne-Defet-Painting fellowship
Commision, Royal London Hospital (VitalArts)
2012 Finalist, Beers Lamberts Award for Emerging Art
2011 Graduate Printmaking Prize Winner, Jealous Gallery, London
Bloomberg New Contemporaries
2010 Finalist, John Moores Painting Prize
2009 – 2011 Scholarship, Hartmut und Lore Schuler-Stiftung
2007 – 2008 Start-up Atelier, Kunsthaus Essen e.V.
2006 Scholarship, Pentiment Sommer Akademie Hamburg
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