German, b. 1978, Augsburg, Germany, lived in Ecuador for twenty years, lives and works in Leipzig.
Benjamin Appel explores the intersection of painting, sculpture, and everyday objects in his practice. His works, across mediums, bear strong visual and thematic resemblances, characterized by a tendency towards minimal forms, architectural geometry, and everyday or non-traditional media – drawing an allegiance with Arte Povera, Appel frequently uses the unfinished surfaces of concrete, earth, soil, old furniture and wood in his work. His thickly built-up oil paintings have a similar tactility, but are even more austere in form and colour palette.