Chris Succo

born 1979, lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany

German artist Chris Succo works in a variety of materials and processes, creating paintings made by spray painting lacquer and oil on canvas using a minimalist palette largely comprised of matte black and white. Succo’s ZigZag Paintings resemble writing or calligraphy, a characteristic that evinces  the significant influences of poetry and music in his work. Creating also silkscreened collages on canvas or sculptures with mild steel, mesh, or boxing equipment, Succo writes a storyline from one work to another that shares a quest of individuality within the elements of expression and refinement of forms and techniques. The subject of his paintings are scenes from his recent past, vividly experienced moments in certain places and with particular people. His works do not amount to a portrait of himself, but rather a record of fragments of his life and milieu. Bars and hotels, friends and acquaintances, they burst through as well as are concealed by flurries of gestures, wiry lines, made with both brush and spray can, that sketch environs and figures, whose identities would be a mystery except for Succo’s identification of them through his titles. The new works are based on drawings of film scenes from recent movies, such as Tarantino's “Once upon a time in Hollywood“. 



Born 1979, lives and works in Düsseldorf, DE


2003 – 2009

Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, DE

2010 – 2012
Royal College Of Art, London, UK



Blau, Achenbach Hagemeier, Düsseldorf, DE

Succo / Kirkeby, Achenbach Hagemeier, Berlin, DE
Succo / Kirkeby, Achenbach Hagemeier, Düsseldorf, DE

Tennis Elbow, The Journal Gallery, New York, US
Easy Rider, Salon Kennedy, Frankfurt DE
Three Paintings, High Gallery, Warsaw, PL

Works 2012 - 2017, Whitestone Gallery, Taipei, TW
Paul´s Backyard, Whitestone Gallery, Taipei, TW
Shreds N´ ZigZags, Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong, HK

Chris Succo, Achenbach Hagemeier, Düsseldorf, DE
Skin N´ Bones, Almine Rech Gallery, London, UK

The Rules Of Attraction, Kunstverein Heppenheim, DE
Steelwork, The Journal Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Painting, The Journal Gallery, Los Angeles, US

Drive, The Journal Gallery, New York, US
Language Of Elbow, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, BE

Fingers, Robert Blumenthal Gallery, New York, US
Chris Succo, DUVE Berlin, DE

Total Recall, Rod Barton Gallery, London, UK
The Soft Machine, SAKS Gallery, Geneva, CH


Blanc de Blancs, Villa Schöningen, Potsdam, DE

Snow Falls Behind The Mountains, Curated by Gregor Hildebrandt, Avlskarl Gallery, Copenhagen, DK 
Groupshow, Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Salzburg, AT

Hangover Boogie, Curated By Gregor Jansen, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, KR
Water Always Moves On, Almine Rech, Brussels, BE
Abstract! Minimalism To Now, Tilton Gallery, New York, NY 

Gazing Into The Void, Bjorn & Gundorph Gallery, Aarhus, DK
Painting Zeitgeist?, Achenbach Hagemeier, Berlin, DE

Painting Or Not, Hoff Collection | Kaviar Factory, Henningsvær, NO
Drawing Island, The Journal Gallery, New York, US

What´s Up 2.0, Curated By Lawrence Van Hagen, 94 Portland Place, London, UK
The Ties That Bind, Achenbach Hagemeier, Wuppertal, DE

New Release Video, Curated By Erin Goldberger, 60 Mulberry Street, New York, US
Choices, Beaux Arts De Paris | Palais Des Études, Paris, FR
From Gesture To Figure | Von Der Geste Zur Figur, Schönewald Fine Arts, Düsseldorf, DE
Ayan Farah, Max Lamb, Chris Succo, Almine Rech Gallery, London, UK

The Go Between | Works From The Ernesto Esposito Collection, Museo Di Capodimonte, Naples, IT
17 Abstract Paintings, Wertheim, Cologne, DE
The Go Between | Works From The Ernesto Esposito Collection, Sprovieri Gallery, London, UK
LIFE, The Journal Gallery at Venus Over Manhattan, New York, US
But That Joke Isn´t Funny Anymore, Tilton Gallery, New York, US
Difference And Repetition, Luce Gallery, Turin, IT
I May Be Wrong But I Think You Are Beautiful, Achenbach Hagemeier, Düsseldorf, DE

Artists To Watch 2014, The M Building, Miami, US
One From None, Autocenter, Berlin, DE
Degrees Of Separation, Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Paris
Von Wanderern, Wilderern & Dilettanten, Kunstverein Düsseldorf, DE




Succo / Kirkeby, Achenbach Hagemeier, Distanz Verlag, Berlin, DE
Nude Landscape, LP, Grzegorzki Records / Shrine Records
The Architecture Of Chanel, Peter Marino, Phaidon

Chris Succo: Works 2012-2017, published by Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong
The Price You Pay For Not Being Alone With Your Dying, With Paul Wasserman, 2nd Chinese/ English Edition, Published By Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong

Blood And Chrome, Distanz Verlag, Berlin, DE

Art Architecture, Peter Marino, Phaidon

The Price You Pay For Not Being Alone With Your Dying, With Paul Wasserman, Published By Half Gallery, The Journal Gallery and Almine Rech, New York, US
Choices, Beaux Arts De Paris, Palais Des Études, Paris, FR

The Go Between, Works From The Ernesto Esposito Collection, Cura Books, Rome, IT
Autocenter, Distanz Verlag, Berlin, DE
CHANEL Collection USA, Published By Peter Marino Architect, New York, US
CHANEL Collection Geneva, Published By Peter Marino Architect, New York, US


Succo – Kirkeby

Chris Succo’s (b. Dusseldorf, 1979; lives and works in Dusseldorf) creative practice luxuriates in a materiality energized by maximum contrasts between line and surface. Succo is a reductionist, analyzing complex phenomena with a view to their basic elements, which he renders and transforms in brisk brushstrokes that breathe the spirit of abstract expressionism. Per Kirkeby (b. Copenhagen, 1938; d. ibid., 2018) is widely regarded as the grand master of Danish contemporary art. Working in large formats, the artist deployed luminous colors to produce canvases with a gruff allure. An early advocate of disciplined savagery in art, he charted a universe of evocative motifs on hard Masonite panels—his creations are studies in nature or, more often, intimations of its essence. Despite the differences between their painterly visions, both Kirkeby and Succo reveal themselves to be scholars and archaeologists of the visual sediments of our world.

Succo – Kirkeby presents paintings by Kirkeby from over four decades in dialogue with Succo’s recent output. Both artists have devised distinctive forms of abstract painting that leave the beholder with lasting impressions. Gregor Jansen discusses affinities and differences between their conceptions of painting.

Design: Kühle und Mozer
Photos: Achim Kukulies
Publisher: Distanz Verlag
Language: German / English
Format: 17 x 24 cm, 72 pages, numerous colour images, softcover with flaps
Price: 28.00 €


Blood and Chrome

"Chris Succo (b. 1979 in Düsseldorf; lives and works in Düsseldorf) gained international recognition through the success of his White Paintings series, shown for the first time in 2013 in Geneva. Since then, his works have become extremely popular with both collectors and art lovers. Succo’s works are based on his constantly growing archive of photographs and drawings. The resulting paintings are abstract works, executed in oil on canvas, with black and white being the dominant colors. This book is the first publication of images summarizing his entire series of paintings, photographs, and sculptures, offering a comprehensive overview of the development of his work between 2007 and 2016. The work and installation views are supplemented with personal photographs from Succo’s archive. The archive images, which are predominantly from his studio and travels, provide indepth insight into the creative process of this versatile artist."
Distanz Verlag

Design: Kühle und Mozer
Photos: Achim Kukulies, Chris Succo
Publisher: Distanz Verlag
Language: German / English
Format: 23 x 30,5 cm, 288 pages, 260 colour and b/w illustrations, hardcover
Price: 68.00 €