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Peter Robert Keil was born to an artist blacksmith father whom he lost very early in his childhood during the Second World War. During the end phase of the war, Keil’s mother, also an artistically talented woman, took her son and struggled her way to West Berlin where they settled. This is where Peter Robert Keil grew up in the working-class neighbourhood of Berlin-Wedding and where he discovered his interest in painting – particularly in expressionistic artists and in Pablo Picasso's work. From 1954 on, the East Berlin-based painter Otto Nagel became his mentor and taught him first craft skills and painting techniques. In 1954, he began his traineeship as an artist metalworker and between 1959 and 1961, he studied at the University of Arts in Berlin. When the Berlin Wall was built, he lost contact with his mentor Otto Nagel and from the early 60s on, Keil started to spend more and more time abroad. During his studies at the University of Arts in Berlin, he came in contact with numerous other artists who later became influential artists of their generation, like for example Georg Baselitz, Eugen Schönebeck, Markus Lüpertz and Joachim Schmettau. During his time in Mallorca, he also met with Joan Miró in his studio several times. From the early 60s on, Keil established studios in Paris, London, Berlin and in the US. Today he mainly lives and works in Zimmerau (Bavaria, Germany), Berlin and Los Angeles.


Techniques and works

In the beginnings of his artistic career, Peter Keil’s style was influenced by German expressionism. In the works from his early Berlin years, he mainly focused on typical big city settings and characters on the fringes of society. However, his style changed visibly at the beginning of the 60s when he lived in Paris for a while and emerged in the city’s nightlife. Keil increasingly parted with his realistic approach and developed a new, much more spontaneous and dynamic painting style which he developed further during his years in London and finally during his time as one of the “Berliner Neue Wilden” at the beginning of the 80s. Since then, the use of intensive to lurid colours and the absence of realistic representation have become characteristic of his painting style. In his paintings, the colour is applied with quick brushstrokes and occasionally with impasto techniques and the images are additionally abstracted by the use of Graffiti elements. Keil prefers to paint human figures, portraits, big city scenes, landscapes and still life images of flowers. His emotional way of painting is mainly driven by a desire for freedom from social constraints and conventions. In the past 50 years, he has created numerous large- and small scale paintings in oil and mixed media on canvas but also some sculptures in wood and steel and a great number of Majolicas.




2013–14 „Farb & Rausch Space Berlin“, (Color & Enthusiasm Space Berlin), Temporary Gallery, Berlin

2013 „Aufbruch - Jüngste Werke aus der Heidelberger Phase (Departure - Latest Works from the Period of Heidelberg), Alte Feuerwache (Old Fire Station) Heidelberg

2012 ”Teufelswerk“ (Devil’s Work), with Residency at State Majolica Manufacture, Karlsruhe

2012  ”Ladies Night at Paris Bar“, Keil ArtCollection Marburg, City Festival Marburg

2012 Retrospective Leben im Farbrausch“ (Living a Colorclash), Orangery, Castle Schwetzingen

2011 Keil-Collection Heidelberg, Long Night of the Museums, Heidelberg

2010 Edna Hibel Fine Art Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida

2010 Keil-Collection Heidelberg, Long Night of the Museums, Heidelberg

2008 The Hurn Museum, Savannah

2007 Villa Meixner, Collection of KulturForum Europa, Brühl/Baden

2007 Kessler Corporation, Orlando, Florida, Savannah, Georgia

2006 Public Library, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2006 Las Olas Art Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2005 Boxsler Gallery, Lichtenfels

2003  ”60 Jahre Peter Robert Keil“, Kunstsinn Gallery, Nuremberg

2002 International Art Fair, Frankfurt

2001-05 Intercontinental Hotel, Berlin

2000 Exhibitions in Paris, Amsterdam, London

1999 Höckner Gallery, Salzburg, Austria

1999 Galerie Hartl, Wien, Austria

1998 Aventura Art Gallery, Aventura, Florida

1993 Carousel Gallery, Dania, Florida

1985 Wewerka Gallery, (SE), Berlin

1980 Dr. Friedmann Gallery, (SE), Israel

1966 Grosse Berliner Kunstausstellung, Berlin

1965 Grosse Berliner Kunstausstellung, Berlin

1964 Rotebro, Sweden

1962 First Solo Exhibition (SE), Art Gallery, London


Major Collections

Keil-Collection, Heidelberg, Germany

Dr. Harry Andreas Kremer, Munich, Germany

Dr. Günter Boxler, Lichtenfels, Germany

Dr. Stefan Kastenbauer, München, Germany

Keil Art-Collection, Marburg, Germany

Sammlung Rosenthal, Meckenhofen, Österreich

Gallery Vallerie, Warschau, Polen

Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russland

Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moskau, Russland

Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Schweiz

Berlinische Gallery, Bern, Schweiz

The Kessler Collection, Orlando, FL, USA

Gianfranco Ferré, Fashion Design, NY, USA

Kent Anderson (H&M), NY, USA

West Palm Beach Museum, West Palm Beach, FL, USA

The John Nix Jr. Big Major Collection, Milton, FL, USA