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ToTeM Round 1 | Meet our speakers: EKATERINA LEO, artist and philosopher

Updated: Apr 21, 2021

about Ekaterina Leo:

Influenced by the studies of philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, an examination of, inter alia, Peter Singer’s (*1946) and John Rawls‘s (1921-2002) bioethics as well as personal intellectual ideas have culminated into an artistic approach that deals with the topic of human being/ animal. Ekaterina Leo realised her first conceptual sketches as a master student (Meisterschüler) of Prof. Anne Berning at the Art Academy in Mainz, Germany (Kunsthochschule) were she intensified her artistic focus on the concept of metamorphosis of human being and animal. During her scholarship at the Opelvillen foundation (LABOR der Stiftung Opelvillen) in Rüsselsheim, Germany, Leo revived the topic of human being and animal relations once again and presented her artistic results in the solo exhibition Freiflug (free flight) in 2016.

The artist, born in St. Petersburg, Russia, has presented her subtle and critical approach to the complex game of the human culture being and the animal as a being of nature in exhibitions and art fairs in, inter alia, Frankfurt a.M., Cologne, Wiesbaden, Germany, and Miami, USA.

Ekaterina Leo works as an independent artist in Frankfurt a.M., Germany.


2016 lives and works in Offenbach a.M./Frankfurt a.M., Germany

2014-2015 master student (Meisterschüler) of Prof. Anne Berning, Art Academy (Kunsthochschule) Mainz, Germany

2010 art student of Prof. Friedemann Hahn, (Art Academy) Kunsthochschule Mainz, Germany

2009 begin of art studies, student of Prof. Thomas Schmidt and Heike Aumüller Art Academy (Kunsthochschule) Mainz, Germany

2008 student of theology and philosophy at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany


2016 Aufenthaltsstipendium, LABOR der Stiftung Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim

2014 Meisterschülerstipendium, Lions RLP Schönborn

art fair:

2017 Kunst Zürich – Zürich , CHE

Kölnerliste – Köln

2016 Artspot – Miami, USA

Kunstdirekt – Junge Positionen, Mainz

group exhibition:

2020 Vier an einer Wand – Atelier Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main

2017 Was wäre die Kunst ohne Galerien!? – Gallery21, Wiesbaden

Emy-Roeder-Preis 2017, Ludwigshafen*

GOPEA – 55 kunstwerken uit Duitsland – Villa de Bank, Enschede, NL

2016 fading – LABOR Stiftung Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim

GOPEA – Gallery of Pre-Established Art - Galerie hase29, Osnabrück

2015 Cosmic Latte - Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden

NICHT OHNE MEINEN WIMPEL! – in den Räumen von ruelle e.V., Mainz

HOME AWAY FROM HOME. Pop up Peng, Kulturverein Peng e.V., Mainz

2014 Im Dschungel - KVFM – Kunstverein Familie Montez e.V.,


2013 Hidden Track - im Abgeordnetenhaus des Landtags RLP, Mainz

System Of Diplomatic Chaos. In Us We Trust. In God We Lost. - Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden*

* Katalog zur Gruppenausstellung

solo exhibition:

2018 My scarlet Ribbon, Galerie Greulich, Frankfurt am Main *

How to catch a Big Fish, Gallery21, Wiesbaden

2017 "deep water" – Kunst im Abgeordnetenbüro, Mainz

Milky Haze – Galerie Greulich, Frankfurt *

2016 Freiflug – LABOR Stiftung Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim

"Wenn Nietzsche und Schopenhauer..." – Gallery21, Wiesbaden

2015 „Verstrickt im Geschichtenwald“ – Kulturschmieder,


*exhibition catalogue published by Gallery Greulich

Portraitfotografie: Kartika Ritonga Copyright images: Ekaterina Leo

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