Sebastian Bieniek biography.

Sebastian Bieniek (B1EN1EK), born 1975 (24th of april) in Czarnowąsy (Upper Silesia/now Poland, when his parents were born Germany) took 1989 in the age of 14 refuge as late repatriate (member of German minority at this territory) to West Germany.

1994 he became the youngest member of the German Artist Association (BBK) in north Germany.

Two years later he moved from the village Unterlüß in Lower Saxony to Braunschweig to study under the performance artist Marina Abramović in 1997 art at the the Art University of Braunschweig. His teacher was also John M. Armleder at that time.

1998 he made a three month study trip to India.

The advanced art study period Bieniek made in the University of Art Berlin (UdK), where he 2001 graduated and 2002 made the Master degree (Meisterschüler) in the class of Prof. Katharina Sieverding.

In 2000 he got a half-year grant from the German - French Youth Office ( DFJW) which ended up with an exhibition in Rennes.

2002 he started to study movie directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) and boke, despide of numerous international exhibition, his activities as visual artist.

His best known artworks at that time were radical performances in which he for example was laying for three days in 500 kg. minced meat, or robbed (as a performance) the Deutsche Bank or cutted himself daily for sixteen days.

His 2006 made movie "The Gamblers", which was made in only ten days and with a budget of 2000 €, made at that time movie-history as the lowest budget movie in the competition of an A-Festival ever.

2007 Bieniek became member of the official German delegation that opened the German-Chinese culture year in Nanjing.

2009 after a seven years break he started to make paintings and performances again and 2013 he began to photograph.

In the year 2011 Sebastian Bieniek wrote the episodic non-fiction book "Realfake". The book describes the fake as a phenomenon that is necessary to create the "believe in something better" which is required for the formations of groups and civilization.

In august 2013 Bieniek's serial of photographs "Doublefaced" went viral and became one of the best known memes in the internet. It was published since that among many others in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine, BILD and the arte TV.

Moreover it was choosen as "Top 10 Body Art Of 2013" by designboom magazine, as "Top 2013 Photography“ by designcollector magazine and as „Top 5 Art Trends 2015" by the french Trend Periodical Magazin.

2015 "The Culture Trip Magazine" selected Sebastian Bieniek as one of the "Top 5 Influential Contemporary Berlin-Based Artists". In the same year Bieniek was selected as one of ten artists in the world to make an artwork for the anniversary edition of China's biggest art magazine (Harper's Bazaar Art China). 2018 he was ranked as the no. 171 in the "Global Thought Leader Ranking".

Bieniek’s work has most recently been exhibited at Views (Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain),  The Imitation of the Imitation (Potemka Contemporary Art Leipzig, Germany), The Melancholy of Elefphant (Fotogalerie Friedrichshain Berlin, Germany), Art Basel Miami (Miami, USA),  “Before Picasso Primitif” (Musée du quai Branly, Paris) and at the MIA Photo Fair (Milan, Italy).


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