From Greek Antiquity to Glossy
Manzur Kargar was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. At the age of 5 his family moved to Germany . He studied painting at the University of Fine Arts (HBK) Braunschweig and at the University of Fine Arts (udk) Berlin. He has lived and worked in Berlin since 1992, with periodical stays in Los Angeles and New York. In addition to being a painter, he is also a musician and composer, currently playing in the band ARTISTS ON HORSES.
In his early works, Kargar focused primarily on early classical art, looking all the way back Hellenistic Greece. But in the last decade, he has focused on reproducing mass media images of contemporary advertising through painting. His inspiration comes from glossy magazines, television and the Internet. The artistic exploration of “advanced” civilizations is central to his work. No matter which era inspires Kargar, he depicts the human figure as shaped by its time.
Artists On Horses
Well-known for their powerful and lucid performances, the members of Artists On Horses - Manzur Kargar, Henrik Drescher, Johannes Einfalt and Oliver Gröne - constantly develop on their new kind of music. Where art itself has its delimiter, music nourishes the meaning of word and sound.