Malte Kebbel, founder of Studio Kebbel is a German artist who started his career making indoor installations, drawings, collages and silkscreen printing in Dusseldorf, Germany. Kebbel is now based between Berlin and Dubai, producing large-scale, light and sculpture installations for the public space.
Kebbel draws his inspiration from his love of nature and his fascination with large-scale architecture, which he brings together in his installations. By bending artificial materials to the shape of nature, Kebbel seeks to revive our connection with the natural world.
Across cities, in public places such as public squares, hospitals and parks, Kebbel shows his illuminated installations to create calming, grounding experiences. Through the feeling of wonder that they bring, his installations also raise fundamental questions about environmental or even social issues.
Kebbel was impacted by his childhood trips to Norway where he experienced wilderness in all its splendour. He grew a fascination for deserts during a trip to the White Desert of Egypt, where he spent several months, and also draws influence from parametric architecture.
Throughout his artist career, Kebbel has exhibited in Germany, Italy, Australia, the United States, Belgium, Austria and Mexico. He transitioned from indoor installations to outdoor installations in 2007 (correct me if I’m wrong), and has since been showing his work in Germany, South Korea and … (i couldn’t remember which other countries). Kebbel also works with an on-demand team, that helps him build his installations.
A WORD FROM THE ARTIST
“Today’s world is evolving faster than ever; there is a need to rapidly adapt, which I strive to respond to with parametric design, in most of my work. I seek to build installations that will stand the test of time by making each component interdependent and adaptable. I also aim to use less material to produce less waste. Besides, I bring light to all my installations because with light, everything becomes more colourful. ”