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Christel Dillbohner Works Biography



1956   Born in Köln (Cologne), Germany

1978-84        Studied painting with professors Renate Lewandowsky and Karl Marx at

the Cologne Art School, Kölner Werkschule, Germany

1984   Received Masters of Fine Art degree

  • Moved to Venice, California

1996              Moved to the San Francisco Bay Area




2019   falling through the universe Don Soker Contemporary Art, SF – May

2018   the garden below the pond Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID

2017  Lacustrian Don Soker Contemporary Art, San Francisco

2016   interlaced motives, The Bonnafont Gallery, San Francisco

2015   Recent Paintings, Don Soker Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

2014   Ice Floe Journals, Gallery 1821, Fresno, CA

Blickwechsel, Zeitzone Berlin, Germany

Lost Coast, Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID

2013   Eine Frage von Zeit und Bewegung – a matter of time and motion,

kampstogether, Cologne, Germany

2012   Whispering Ice, @Büro Leson, Frankfurt, Germany

Nothing is Certain, Don Soker Contemporary Art, San Francisco

Turbulences, Chris Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA

2011   motionless torrents / silent cataracts, Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID

2009   Ice Floe, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

2008   Topographies, The Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, CA

observations/impressions, Don Soker Contemporary Art, CA

2007   An den Ufern der Zeit, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA

Skimming the Surface, Monterey Art Museum, CA

New Assemblages, AURA, Nagoya, Japan


2006   Nach der Natur, Don Soker Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

2005   After Nature, Gallery Hirawata, Fujisawa, Japan

Histologies, Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID, 2004

2004    Burn Marks and Incisions, Don Soker Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

2003   The Repository at the Bakersfield Art Museum, CA

Off Balance  Clemson University, South Carolina

2002  Plumblines Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz, CA

         Atmospheric Disturbances Don Soker Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

Interiors  Gallery Hirawata, Fujisawa/Tokyo, Japan

Components NOB Gallery, Okasaki /Nagoya, Japan

2001   Repository – A Collection of Familiar Curiosities, Fresno Art Museum, CA

         From Beyond the Seas Gallery Mssohkan, Kobe, Japan

2000   About Sippwells and Other Places – Part III  Suyama Space, Seattle, WA

Sedimentation  Eyre/Moore Gallery, Seattle, WA

Of Ample Ground  Don Soker Contemporary Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA

         About Sippwells and Other Places – Part II  Ellen Kim Murphy Gallery, Los Angeles

About Sippwells and Other Places – Part I  Gallery Naito, Mizunami/Gifu Pref., Japan

1999   Under the Hill  Gallery Hirawata, Tokyo, Japan

1998   Beyond the Visible  Don Soker Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

Undertow  Griffin Contemporary Exhibitions, Venice, CA

1997   New Work  Griffin Contemporary Exhibitions, Venice, CA

1996   Scavenger’s Dreaming  University Gallery, Reno, NV

There and Then  Griffin Linton Contemporary Exhibitions, Costa  Mesa, CA

1995   Eintragungen aus dem Logbuch  Burda Holding, München, Germany

Standortbestimmung  site specific installation, Batteriefabrik Hagen, Köln, Germany

1994   New  Work  SPACE, Los Angeles, CA

1993   Gathering Time – Finding Continuity  West Gallery, Graduate School, Claremont, CA

Über das Sammeln von Honig – The Honey Gatherers  SPACE, Los Angeles, CA

         Remnants of Time  Bianca Lanza, Miami Beach, FL

1991   navigare necesse est   Shea & Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1987   By The Pool  SITE, Culver City, CA

Brooklyn ’86  Swimming Pool Cafe, Rheinberg, Germany

1986   Vögel fressen keine Steine  Hahnentorburg, Cologne, Germany

1983   The Visit  Cafe Mondrian, Moers, Germany





(site-specific installation projects developed in partnership with other artists, their respective elements were individually created)


2015   with Danae Mattes CircumNavigators, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA

2010  with Susanne Schossig Inter Spacing – Inszenierung mit Zwischenräumen

         Don Soker Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

2009   geZEITEN  with Susanne Schossig, Hafenmuseum, Bremen, Germany

2004   Elemente der Zeit – Stille und bewegte Bilder mit Inge Kamps, BBK Köln, Germany

2003   with Seiji Kunishima, Galerie Reinfeld Bremen, Germany

1998   Lob des Schattens  Seven Installations, Deutzer Brücke, Köln, Germany

Field Work  with Lothar Schmitz at El Camino College, Torrance, CA

1997   Dwellings  with S. Kanatsiz, S. Oregon State College, Ashland, OR

1995   Recollection  with Melinda Smith Altshuler at the Woodbury House, Altadena, CA

Transformer  Sweeney Art Gallery, UC Riverside, CA

1994   Transformer: A Change of Past Perceptions  with Manfred Müller

Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA and Open Space, Victoria, B.C.

1990   Paradise Oasis Real Estate Office   G.Leson, N.Woodson, I.Ivanick, SPARC, Venice, CA



2020   Remember the Beauty of our World, Stewart Gallery, Boise ID

2018   Illusory Abstractions: Recent Acquisitions, Triton Museum of Art, Sant Clara

Our favorite things Stewart Gallery, Boise ID

Spring  Selections “Variations”, Don Soker Contemporary Art, SF

2017   Waterlines, New Museum Los Gatos, CA

30 years” Anniversary, Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID

2016   Beyond the Pour II: The Creative Process, Museum of Craft and Design, SF

2015   Body of Water, El Camino College, Torrance, CA

Visual Language: Mystery & Meaning, St. Mary’s College Museum of Art, Moraga, CA

2014   Shift, Five Decades of Contemporary California Painting, Monterey Museum of Art

ARTParty, annual invitational, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose, CA

Coupling, Stewart Gallery, Boise ID

2013   Summer Group Show, Don Soker Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

2012    Under Water, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

Eastern Traditions / Western Expressions, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID

Terrain, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, Feb. 2012

2011   One Thing Leads to Another: Seriality in Works on Paper, ICA San Jose, CA



2009   Out of Bounds: Art from the Collection of Driek and Michael Zirinsky

Whatcom Museum, Bellingham. WA

2008   SPACE  Gallery, Kellogg University Art Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona, CA

2006    International Women’s Exhibition, Schneider Museum, Ashland, OR

2005    Derivations from – Meditations on Landscape

curated by Josine Ianco Starrels, Schneider Museum, Ashland, OR

2004    Between East and West – Artists from Atelier 31 at GAS Art Gallery, Torino, Italy

2003   Contemplation LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

            Bytes and Pieces: The Art of Contemporary Collage, ICA, San Jose, CA

2002   0203 –  small sculptures Gallery Hirawata, Fujisawa, Japan

2001   Traces  Palo Alto Arts Center, Palo Alto, CA

Tellurian, Works, San Jose, CA

2000   From the Library,  at Installations,  Don Soker Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

Paper Rock Scissors, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999   At the Millennium: : Contemporary Painting  Museum of Art, Monterey, CA

Plant Life  Angels Gate Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

Art as Environment  Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

1998   Inaugural Exhibition  Don Soker Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

1997   25 Pieces of Art,  Open Space, Victoria, B.C.

Viaggiatori / Travelers  Campo d’Osservazione, Gubbio, Italy

The 6th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition  UH Manoa, Hawaii

California Vision  Gallery Naito, Nagoya, Japan

Viaggiatori / Travelers   SITE at The Brewery, Los Angeles, CA

1996   Skin and Bone  Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA

Open Book  Kellog University Art Gallery, Pomona, CA

Detours ‘96   Side Street Projects, Santa Monica, CA

Between Mind and Soul: A Dialogue Revealed  Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, CO

1995   Libros de Artistas  Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo, San Jose, Costa Rica

Between the Lines: Contemporary Artist’s Books  CSU Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA

Vested Powers: Icons of Domination and Transcendence  CSU Fullerton, CA

1994   Continuing Tradition  Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York

The 5th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition  UH Manoa, Hawaii

Revealing Landscape Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

1993   5 Artists  SPACE, Los Angeles, CA

The Elegant, The Irreverent, and the Obsessive: A Survey of Drawing in

         Southern California  Main Art Gallery, CSU Fullerton, CA




1992   Book, Box, Word  Center of Contemporary Art,  North Miami, FL

Contrasts  SPACE, Los Angeles, CA

Interconnections  SITE Gallery at The Roosevelt Building, Los Angeles, CA

Voices  7 artists at the Shea & Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

(basically) BLACK & WHITE  Art Museum, Riverside, CA

1991   Personal Reflections  Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA

1990   Changing Summer Show  Karl Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Images and Origins  City Hall Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Drawn Conclusion  John Thomas Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1989   Newcomers 1990  Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA

Women Artists ’89  Accurate Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Nine  SITE, Culver City, CA

1988   Köln Kunst II  Kunsthalle Köln, Cologne, Germany

Summer Show  Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

LA + 250  SITE, Culver City, CA

1987   Group show  Richard/Bennett Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1986  BBK Landesausstellung Nordrhein-Westfalen Spinnerei, Bielefeld, Germany

1985  Köln Kunst I  Kunsthalle Köln, Cologne, Germany

1984   Germination II, Edinburgh, London, Mulhouse

Der Weg lohnt sich  Villa Engelhardt, Düsseldorf, Germany

1983   Germination II  Opening of Traveling Show at the Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany

Winterausstellung Ehrenhof, Düsseldorf, Germany

1982   Public Mural Project – Old Water Tower, Cologne, Germany



Current Gallery Representations

Don Soker Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA

Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID

Active Involvement in Artists’ and Other Non-Profit Organizations










Institute of Cultural Inquiry (ICI), Los Angeles, CA


Since 1991 active associate. Major projects include:

ICI Publications:

2007   Searching for Sebald

2001   Benjamin’s Blind Spot & The Manual of Lost Ideas

1997   Bataille’s Eye & ICI Field Notes 4



AIDS CHRONICLES, Los Angeles, 1995 & 2003

AIDS BOTTLE PROJECT, City University of New York, and the Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA, 1993

AIDS BOTTLE PROJECT, Los Angeles, 1991& 1992


SecondAid – ZweiteHilfe

Founded in 2005 with my partner Gero Leson and friends in Germany and Sri Lanka. SecondAid provides direct livelihood support to small Sri Lankan businesses affected by the tsunami.


SITE, Los Angeles, CA

From October 1989 to January 1991, served as co-director of SITE, an Artists’ Organization. Member of SITE’s Exhibition committee, incl. gallery operation, 1993-1995.



1985/86         Planning and organization of group shows in various exhibition centers in Cologne (Kunsthalle, Messehalle, Hahnentorburg)

1982/84         Management of family owned Kunsthandlung Dillbohner (founded in 1920), a gallery for decorative art and frame shop.



Since 1970 intensive traveling throughout Europe. Further travels in the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Eastern Europe, Indonesia(1995), New Zealand (1999), Australia (1998,1999), Israel / Palestine (2006, 2012, 2018), Iceland (2016, 2019).


Since 2001 I have supported my partner and husband Gero Leson in his work for Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, CA, setting up organic and fair trade production of coconut oil (Sri Lanka and Samoa), palm oil (Ghana) and peppermint oil (India). We are visiting the teams on the ground regularly. Since 2015 we are supporting the farming communities in their efforts to replant under the tenants of regenerative agricultural methods.



ARTIST IN RESIDENCE       ICI Interpretive Field Project, Hamragil, Iceland, 2019

With Everything but the Monkey Head, ICI, Los Angeles, 2017

Morris Graves Foundation, Loleta, CA, April 2016

Kampstogether, Cologne, Germany, Nov. 2012

Institute of Cultural Inquiry VIR program,

Los Angeles,  May 2013

Jentel Artist Residency Program, March 2010

ICA Print Center, April 2009

Clemson University, Clemson, SC, February/March 2003

St. Andrews College, Sewanee, TN January 2001

Gallery Naitoh, Gifu, Japan, March/April 2000

Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA, 1999

Northern Territory University, Printing Project,

Darwin, Australia, 1999

University of Nevada,  Installation Project, Reno, 1996

OPEN SPACE, Installation Project, Victoria, BC, 1994

Contemporary Arts Forum, Installation Project,

Santa Barbara, CA, 1994

Cedar Crest College, Installation Project/Work Shop,

Allentown, PA, 1993


SLIDE LECTURES                Shakerag Workshops, Sewanee, TN, 2019

Monterey Museum of Art, CA, 2012

International Encaustic Artists, Symposium, San Francisco, CA 2010

Panel discussion, Headlands Center for the Arts, CA 2009

ICA San Jose at the Montgomery Hotel, San Jose, CA 2009

Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA, 2008

University of California, Irvine, CA 2007

Monterey Art Museum, Monterey, CA

California State University, Fresno, CA 2007

Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA, 2004

Bakersfield Art Museum, CA, 2003

Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 2003

University of the South, Sewanee, TN, 2003

Crossroads School, Santa Monica, CA, 2002

Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA 2002

Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA 2001

St. Andrews College, Sewanee, TN 2001


Suyama Space, Seattle, WA, 2001

Governor’s School, Greenville, South Carolina, 2000

Cornish Art College, Seattle, 2000

Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, Ca, 1999

Northern Territory University, Darwin, Australia 1999

El Camino College, Torrance, CA 1998

Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, 1997

University of Nevada, Reno, 1996

Rancho Santiago College, Santa Ana, CA 1995

California State University, Riverside, 1995

California State University, Fullerton, CA 1995

Camosun College, Victoria, BC, 1994

Woman Artists of the West, Burbank, CA, 1994

Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, 1984

Claremont Graduate School,  CA, 1994

Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA, 1993

Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, 1993

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 1993


Venice Art Walk:                  Docent Tours 1993, 1994



2009   The project” geZEITEN’ was funded by the Karin and Uwe Hellweg Foundation,

Bremen, and by the Stadtsparkasse Bremen, Germany

2009   Fellowship by the Jentel Artist Residency Program, Jentel, WY

2003   California Arts Council Fellowship Awards, Sacramento, CA

1989   The project “Paradise Oasis Real Estate Office” was made possible by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts through LACE, Los Angeles

1986   Förderverein der Kölner Werkschule e.V. (friends of the Cologne Art School) provided partial funding for the catalog “Vögel fressen keine Steine”, Köln.



Achenbach Foundation of Graphic Arts, San Francisco

Artothek, Köln, Germany

Bank of America, San Francisco

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, Vista, CA

Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA

Institut für Physik, Kassel, Germany


Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Ca

Law Office Stoel Rives, Boise, ID

Law Office Spink Butler, Boise, ID

Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA

St.Mary’s College Museum of Art, Moraga, CA

The Community Hospital, Monterey Peninsula, CA

The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

The Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Los Angeles

University Gallery, Riverside, CA

Nagoya Women College, Nagoya, Japan

Nestle, USA



Travel Writing – self published

2016   At The Lake – residency at the Morris Graves Foundation – ICI Press on Issue

2015   Eine Frage von Zeit und Bewegung – ICI Press on Issue

2002  Poya Days a Sri Lankan Travelogue. Edition of 35

2005  Field Notes from an Excursion to East Anglia. First printing: 50 copies

1998  World Found describes my journey to Australia. Edition of 30



2013   Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic, by Catherine Nash

2012   Terrain, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA (monographs)

2011   100/10∆6, Christel Dillbohner and Inge Kamps, ICI, Los Angeles, CA

2010   Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility, by Daniella Woolf

Encaustic Art, by Lissa Rankin

2009   geZEITEN mit Susanne Schossig, Hafenmuseum, Bremen, Germany

2007   Searching for Sebald, Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Los Angeles, CA

An den Ufern der Zeit – at the shores of time, Fresno Art Museum (monograph)

2000   About Sippwells and Other Places, Suyama Space, Seattle (monograph)

1997   Bataille’s Eye, ICI Field Notes 4, Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Santa Monica, CA

1996   Searching for Memory: the Brain, the Mind, and the Past by Daniel L.        Schacter, Basic Books/Harper Collins Publisher, Figure No. 2

1995   Vested Power: Icons of Domination and Transcendence, CSU Fullerton, CD

1994   Insight – Einblicke,  SPACE Los Angeles, CA (monograph)

The 5th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, UH, Manoa, Hawaii

1992   Interconnections, SITE, Los Angeles, CA

Book, Box, Word, Center of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL

1991   navigare necesse est, Santa Monica, CA (monograph)

1990   Paradise Oasis Real Estate Office, Santa Monica, CA


1988   Köln Kunst II, Köln

1986   Vögel fressen keine Steine, BBK Cologne, Germany (monograph)

         BBK Landesaustellung, Bielefeld

1985   Köln Kunst I, Köln

1984   Winterausstellung, GEDOK, Köln

1983   Winterausstellung, Ehrenhof, Düsseldorf

Germination II, Kassel



2015   The “Artifacts …” by DeWitt Cheng, June

2014   Fresno Bee “ Berkeley Artist …” by Donald Munro, Sept. 4

Fresno Bee “A pick for …”, by Donald Murnro, Sept. 4

2012   East Bay Express “Earth Pigments”, by DeWitt Cheng, Feb. 22 “One Thing Leads to [email protected]”, by David Roth, Jan

2009   Artworks “No Strings Attached”, by Erin Clark, Fall

KQED Arts “Arctic Reflections: …” by Jeff Stein, August

Metro “Reduce, Reuse, Respond” by Gretchen Giles, August 12

Weser Kurier “ Neue Sonderausstellung ….”, by ….., May

2008   Art Week “Christel Dillbohner at …,” by DeWitt Cheng, April

2007   The Fresno Bee “Dillbohner pulls you ….”, by Donald Munro, April 29

2005   BoiseWeekly “Earthworks”, by Christopher Schnoor, Nov. 2

Medford Mail Tribune “ Landscape”, by Bill Varble, Oct. 23

Idaho Statesman “Artist uses cones …”, by Dana Oland, Oct. 14

2003   Weser Kurier “Und in jeder…”, by Rainer B. Schossig, Nov. 5

2001   San Jose Mercury, “Earthbound collective..”, by Jack Fischer, February

Artweek, Washington, by Frances DeVuono, January

2000   L.A. Times,  “Earthly Materials….”  by Leah Ollman, May 25

1999   The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, “Letters to the Editor”, Nov.16

New Times, San Luis Obispo, “Art” by Glen Starkey, Nov.25

Art Papers Magazine,  “Beyond the Visible”, by Cheryl Coon, April-May

1998   Sculpture, “Field Work” by Suvan Geer, September

Labyrinth aus Schläuchen, Kölner Stadt Anzeiger, Sept.15

1997   Neue Presse, “Deutsches Konsulat …”, by A. Forster, Dec. 24 – 30

L.A. Weekly, Pick of the Week, by Peter Frank, June 13

L.A. Weekly, “Skin and Bone”, by Peter Frank, January 10

Artweek, “Skin and Bone”, by Charlene Roth, Feb.

1996   OC Weekly, “It’s a Snap,” by Doree Dunlap, June 7

Artscene, Continuing and Upcoming, June


1995  Artweek, “Dillbohner/Müller at UC Riverside”, by Daniella B. Walsh, May

Orange County Register, “Conical Icons …” by Daniella B.Walsh, April

1994   LA Weekly, Pick of the Week, by Peter Frank, February

Artscene, “Transformer”, Previews of Exhibitions by Suvan Geer, June

Santa Barbara News Press, “Industrial Strength”, by Michael Darling, July

1993   Visions,  “A Dialectic of Materials”, by Marge Bulmer, Winter

Visions, “The Artifacts…”, by M. A. Greenstein, Spring

Artweek, “Sting Like a Bee”, by Charlene Roth, March 18,

Los Angeles Times, “Dillbohner Celebrates an Old Ritual”, by Susan Kandel,  Feb.26,

1992   LA Weekly, Pick of the Week, by Peter Frank, October 9,

1991   Visions, “Mr. Rodgers’ Objecthood”, by Michael Laurence, Winter

LA Weekly, Pick of the Week, by Peter Frank, July 12,

1990   Visions, “Rooms with a View”, by Margaret Lazzari, Fall

Los Angeles Times, Art Reviews, by Suvan Geer, July 13,

LA Weekly, Pick of the Week, by Peter Frank, June 1,

Village View, “Just Dessert”, by Joe Jarell, May 4,

Los Angeles Times, ‘Paradise Oasis…”, by Lisbet Nilson, April 29,

1989   Los Angeles Times, “Newcomers 1990”, by Kristine McKenna, December 14

1986   Kölner Stadt Anzeiger, “Vögel fressen keine Steine”

1984   Rheinische Post, “Der Weg lohnt sich”

1982   Kölnische Rundschau, “Mural painting”


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