Matthias Garff [b. 1986] is a visual artist based in Leipzig, Germany. From 2008 to 2015 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Dresden. Exhibitions in Dresden, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Ulm, Buenos Aires. His works can be found in private collections in Germany, Argentina and the USA. Since 2016, a bronze casting of his sculpture Schwarzer Kopf is part of the permanent exhibition of the Museum in Bautzen. In the same year he has also been nominated for the Prize of the Darmstädter Sezession.
He approaches the animal as a central motif of his work both sculpturally and in performative actions, often culminating in short video pieces. His work questions man‘s view of nature and his distinction from it. It draws from experiences of the urban landscape, where nature is observed primarily in its cultivated form or in close interaction with urban architecture. Central to his work is a figurative, sculptural practice. Matthias Garff uses a wide range of materials, in an assemblage-like way of constructing. Found and everyday objects are frequently used as part of his building materials and due to their size and posture, the animal figures he creates often take on human characteristics. As such, they are encouraged to be seen as a community comprised of the individual pieces. Within these groups of figures, subtle relationships appear which resemble an environment emphasizing diversity.