Manuel Stehli was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1988 and graduated from Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig in 2014.


In his recent work, Manuel Stehli has been focusing on the life-sized depiction of the human figure, both individually and in groups.  While the situations presented appear rather concrete at first glance, Stehli's paintings refuse a specific placement in space and time.  They don't represent events but rather states, experimental arrangements showing one possibility out of many.


There is a peculiar sense of limbo inherent in these paintings: between their blatant presence on the one hand and their muteness on the other, between the intimacy they suggest and the remoteness within which it is sealed.  Stehli's works are reticent, they don't reach out to the spectator, but rather act as mere presences, be it as counterparts or placeholders, leaving one to fill the silences themselves.


Born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1988

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany




2008 – 2014 Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig
2010 – 2014 Class of Professor Annette Schröter
2011 – 2012  Camberwell College of Arts, London, class of Daniel Sturgis


Solo Exhibitions


2021 Grisebach, 'From a Distance', Zürich, Switzerland
  Galerie Marguo, 'Moving Inland', Paris, France
  Schierke Seinecke, ‘jetzt dut’, Frankfurt, Germany 
2020 Lemoyne, ‘Strangers When We Meet’, Zurich, Switzerland
  Gallery of the Czech Centre Berlin, ‘Sober Speech’, Berlin, Germany
2019 Sudio Picknick, Some Kind of Change’, Berlin, Germany
  WERK, ‘Tongue Tied’, Berlin, Germany
2018  Schierke Seinecke, ‘Wait A Second’, Frankfurt, Germany
2016 Bistro 21, Jetzt, Aber’, Leipzig, Germany


Group Exhibitions



Grand Palais, 'In conversation - Selina Lutz / Manuel Stehli', Bern, Switzerland


Galerie Marguo, ‘Presentation of Marguo Artists’, Paris, France


Galerie Burster, ‘New Neighbours’, Berlin, Germany

2020 Kunstverein Haus 8, ‘Hookup’, Kiel, Germany

Sonneundsolche, ‘Little Room for Wildness’ with Maria Wallace, Düsseldorf, Germany

  Oel Früh, ‘Minibar’, Hamburg, Germany
  Schau Fenster - Raum für Kunst, ‘Future Forms and Fiction’, Berlin, Germany
2019 Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, ‘Kunstpreis Junger Westen 2019’, Recklinghausen, Germany
  Setareh x, ‘Conduct’ with Katharina Maderthaner, Düsseldorf, Germany
  Kunstraum Super, Presentation of AVE Magazine 5, Vienna, Austria
  The Window, ‘VIER5 & SQUIZZY P Show Drawings of Today’, Paris, France

Vertretung des Freistaates Sachsen beim Bund, ‘Neuzugänge zeitgenössischer Kunst im Sächsischen Kunstfonds 2018’, Berlin, Germany


Lehderstraße 35, ‘Berlin Masters’, Berlin, Germany

  Halle 14, ‘WIN/WIN’ The Acquisitions of the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, Leipzig, Germany
  Raum für drastische Maßnahmen, ‘Lütt’, Berlin, Germany
  Künstlerhaus Bethanien, ‘Out of Touch / Out of Time’ with Aneta Kajzer, Berlin, Germany
  Kantonsspital Basel Landschaft, ‘Verstehen-Nicht Verstehen’, Basel, Switzerland
2017 Halle 53, ‘Jungkunst 2017’, Winterthur, Switzerland
  Langestraße 31, ‘Supervision’, Frankfurt, Germany
  Raum Weisz, ‘A Space Odyssey: 5 Jahre Raum Weisz’, Leipzig, Germany

Museum Haus Konstruktiv, ‘Werkschau 2016’, Zurich, Switzerland


Institutional Collections


Collection of the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony

Kunsthalle Recklinghausen