Available Works


Ellen Akimoto (b. 1988, USA) is a contemporary artist whose paintings radiate the joy of unburdened making. In them one finds drippings and strokes in the manner of action painting directly next to sections that portray a curtain so plastically that one believes one could actually feel the velvety surface, or monochrome surfaces in the style of Suprematism appear in the same image as apparently strictly naturalistic objects that remind one of the painting of the New Objectivity. Perspective and light are put to use to both convince and irritate, creating and breaking spatial illusion. Akimoto does not merely quote stylistic devices from the repertoire of the earlier history of painting but also places them in surprising, witty relationships to each other, transforming them in their connection into something new. Ellen lives and works in Leipzig, Germany.


MA, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, 2014-2016

BFA, California State University, 2006-2011


2019, Ellen Akimoto, Reportage


2020, Creamy Feelings Curdle, Galerie Rothamel, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Solo)
2020, SUPER!, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany (Group)
2020, Minibar, Galerie Oel-Früh, Hamburg, Germany (Group)
2019, Tilted Lens, Galerie Oel Früh, Hamburg, Germany (Solo)
2019, Nous Qui Désirons Sans Fin, Jeune Création, Romainville/Paris, France (Group)
2019, Painting Painting Painting, Raum Vollreinigung, Berlin, Germany (Group)
2018, 25. Leipziger Jahresausstellung: Silber, Werkschauhalle / Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany (Group)
2018, Congratulations!, Kunstverein Speyer, Germany (Group)
2018, SCOPE, Galerie Rothamel, Erfurt, Germany (Group)
2018, Nach dem Bild ist vor dem Bild, 75 Malerinnen aus Leipzig, Kunstverein Freunde, Germany (Group)
2017, PROTAGONISTS, Galerie Rothamel, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Solo)
2017, Ausstellung zum Wettbewerb um die Hans, Purrmann-Preise Galerie Speyer, Germany (Group)
2016, Schön / Hide – Beautiful / Verstecken, Meisterklasse Annette Schröter, Galerie Leuenroth, Frankfurt, Germany (Group)
2016, Klassentreffen, Kunsthalle der Sparkasse Leipzig, Germany (Group)
2015, Wunschlos Glücklich, Kunstverein Duisburg, Germany (Group)
2015, PR!NT, La Cambre Galerie, Brüssel, Belgium (Group)
2015, Freistil, Kunstverein Speyer, Germany (Group)
2015, Screen, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Germany (Group)
2014, Stories 3, 1078 Gallery, Chico, California, USA (Group)
2013, Place Space, Overdose Gallery, Chico, California, USA (Solo)
2013, Crocker-Kingsley Prizewinners, The Crocker Art Museum, California, USA (Group)
2012, Stories 1, 1078 Gallery, Chico, California, USA (Group)
2011, On, On, Pliant Signifier, 1078 Gallery, Chico, California, USA (Solo)