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Marin Majic (born in Frankfurt am Main in 1979) studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Zagreb from 2004 to 2010. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Croatia and the U.S. since 2008. The artist lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Majic’s works thrive on their interaction with the viewer. They appeal to the viewer by stimulating visual identification that the artist skillfully puts onto the canvas. He does not employ readily identifiable faces to draw the viewer nearer to the canvas; in fact, he uses familiar scenarios that everyone might have in their own repertoire of images: a little boy in a Bavarian costume standing in an idyllic clearing in a mixed German forest; a man in a uniform sitting on a horse in front of blossoming shrubs in the sweltering heat; a gentleman in a gray pin-stripe suit posing before the viewer; father and son seated side by side on a bench having their portrait taken somewhere on a platform in front of a carefully draped curtain.

Each choice of perspective is unorthodox and through the apparent presence of an invisible lens suggests the impression of a realistic manner of painting of the subject. Curiosity draws the viewer to move closer to the painting. The artist’s professional ability is convincing. However, directly in front of the canvas, uneasiness creeps up that firmly latches itself onto the previous impression. The paintings shed their impression of reality and unfold something that Sigmund Freud described as “the uncanny”.

Viewers are forced to switch between distance and proximity. They approach the painting and the subject, assuming that they can recognize something familiar. But the process of identification is ultimately interrupted by the alienating effect of the painting’s mise en scene and composition. Thus the viewer is kept at a distance. The impression of reality has become uncanny, and the familiar foreign. Yet, it is possible, albeit for a brief instant, to identify with the motif, only to distance oneself again at once. If this visual impression occurs, then the artist has achieved what he is trying to do with his works: His paintings, extracted from the world of online imagery as well as from his own visual memory, are meant to be filed away in the viewer’s memory bank and live on as phantasmagoria.

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Selected Works
2016
Acrylic Gesso, Pigmented Spray Paint, Oil, Pigmented Color Pencils on Linen
94.49 x 86.61 inches
240 x 220 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
From The Top Down

2016
Acrylic Gesso, Pigmented Spray Paint, Oil, Pigmented Color Pencils on Linen
94.49 x 86.61 inches
240 x 220 cm

2016
Acrylic Gesso, Pigmented Spray Paint, Oil, Pigmented Color Pencils on Linen
94.49 x 86.61 inches
240 x 220 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Half Hour Friendship

2016
Acrylic Gesso, Pigmented Spray Paint, Oil, Pigmented Color Pencils on Linen
94.49 x 86.61 inches
240 x 220 cm

2016
Acrylic Gesso, Pigmented Spray Paint, Oil, Pigmented Color Pencils on Linen
23.5 x 15.75 inches / 60 x 40cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Fruit Bearer I

2016
Acrylic Gesso, Pigmented Spray Paint, Oil, Pigmented Color Pencils on Linen
23.5 x 15.75 inches / 60 x 40cm

2015
Acrylic and oil on linen
94 1/2 x 86 1/2 inches / 240 x 220 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Untitled

2015
Acrylic and oil on linen
94 1/2 x 86 1/2 inches / 240 x 220 cm

2015
Acrylic and oil on linen
82 3/4 x 65 inches / 210 x 165 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Untitled

2015
Acrylic and oil on linen
82 3/4 x 65 inches / 210 x 165 cm

2015
Acrylic and oil on linen
47 1/4 x 39 1/2 inches / 120 x 100 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Untitled

2015
Acrylic and oil on linen
47 1/4 x 39 1/2 inches / 120 x 100 cm

2014
Oil on Copper
15.75 x 11.81 inches / 40 x 30 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Untitled

2014
Oil on Copper
15.75 x 11.81 inches / 40 x 30 cm

2014
Oil on Copper
15.75 x 11.81 inches / 40 x 30 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Untitled

2014
Oil on Copper
15.75 x 11.81 inches / 40 x 30 cm

2012 
Egg tempera and oil on linen 
14 x 11 inches / 35.6 x 27.9 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Father and Son

2012
Egg tempera and oil on linen
14 x 11 inches / 35.6 x 27.9 cm

2012 
Oil on linen 
24.1 x 19.7 inches / 62 x 50 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Hundstag 2

2012
Oil on linen
24.1 x 19.7 inches / 62 x 50 cm

2012 
Oil on linen 
70.5 x 88.5 inches / 180 x 225 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Meadow

2012
Oil on linen
70.5 x 88.5 inches / 180 x 225 cm

2012 
Oil on linen 
86.61 x 62.99 inches / 220 x 160 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Munson and Wunson

2012
Oil on linen
86.61 x 62.99 inches / 220 x 160 cm

2012 
Oil on linen 
63 x 88.6 inches / 160 x 225 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Third House from the Left

2012
Oil on linen
63 x 88.6 inches / 160 x 225 cm

2012 
Egg Tempera and Oil on Linen
27.5 x 23.5 inches / 70 x 60 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Untitled

2012
Egg Tempera and Oil on Linen
27.5 x 23.5 inches / 70 x 60 cm

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