Jana Jacob

Painter, Germany

Jana Jacob is a painter who works and lives in Berlin, Germany.
The details of the body that make each person unique are the highlight of Jana Jacob’s artworks. The artist graduated in Fine Arts from the State Academy of Fine Arts, in Stuttgart, Germany. Later on, Jana did one year at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy, in Paris. During her studies, she also spent a few months in a kind of art commune in San Francisco, USA, collaborating with the students from the California College of Arts.

Her portraits demonstrate an acute sensitivity to the psychological and emotional force of her subjects. The iconic portraits painted by Jana Jacob adhere to their source – a photograph – emphasizing physical characteristics that define how we outwardly portray ourselves to the world. She shows us naked and relaxed persons, makes them in a vulnerable way and also reveals an extraordinary private side of its subject. “Many people told me that they had the feeling that the portrayed person seems familiar, as if they had known themselves since a long time”, conclude Jana Jacob.


2008 Diploma of Fine Arts at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, Germany, with professor Christian Jankowski.
2007 Student residency in at the Californian College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
2005/2006 Student residency at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy with professor Bernard Marcadé, France.


2021 Artist Weekend, Haze Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
2020 Home/When There is Nothing Left to Do, Studio Meimberg, Berlin, Germany.
2008 Reinraus, diploma exhibition, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, Germany.
2006 Elle, Kunst im Kasten, U-Bahn-Station, Stuttgart, Germany.


2023 Passage of Time, A.D. Gallery, Pembroke, North Carolina, USA.
HAAM – Hamburg Affordable Art Market, Neues Amt Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
Autumn Selection, Pandora Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
Poder, Galera Leucadé, Murcia, Spain.
Scout, Galleri Heike Arndt DK, Kettinge, Denmark.
Fem Garage, Highbrow Institute, Vienna, Austria.
73. Bayreuther Kunstausstellung, Kunstverein Bayreuth e.V., Neues Schloss der Eremitage, Bayreuth, Germany.
Summer Exhibition Kettinge, Galleri Heike Arndt DK, Kettinge, Denmark.
BAAM – Berlin Affordable Art Market, Berlin, Germany.
Authentic Self, Chroma Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
Wie Schuppen von den Augen, Nachbarschaftszentrum Brunnentreff, Berlin, Germany.
Year End, Lite-Haus Galerie, Berlin, Germany.
Blickfang, Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, Kaufbeuren, Germany.
2022 FEM Garage, Highbrow Institute, Vienna, Austria.
Social 2022, CICA Museum, Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea.
Blickfang, Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, Kaufbeuren, Germany.
Fresh Legs, Galleri Heike Arndt DK, Berlin, Germany.
The Augur’s Silence, arttausch gallery, New York City, USA.
Kunst Für Alle, Kulturkiosk, Stuttgart, Germany.
2021 No Fear in Trying, arttausch gallery, New York City, USA.
Concept of Authenticity, Haze Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
The Male Figure XI, Galerie Kunstbehandlung, München, Germany.
2020 Ereignis Malerei, Tapetenwerk Leipzig, Germany.
Ereignis Malerei, Städtische Galerie Wurzen, Germany.
Ereignis Malerei, Rathausgalerie Grimma, Germany.
Power of Portrait, WomenPaintersRoom (WPR), Berlin, Germany.
2013 Macht Kunst Teil 2, Ausstellung der KunstHalle in der Alten Münze, Berlin, Germany.
2012 Übergänge, Parkklinik Weißensee, Berlin, Germany.
2011 Tschüß Mein Schatz, Monbijou Park, Berlin, Germany.
2010 America’s Next Topmodel, Loft von Christian Jankowski, Berlin, Germany.
2009 Fernbeziehung, Gallery 33, Berlin, Germany.
2008 Cute Show, Lobot Gallery, Oakland, CA, USA.
The Institute for Social Research and the Discovery of Art God, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, USA.
The Institute for Social Research and the Discovery of Art God, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany.
2006 Coming Out of the Maultasche, Maccaronie Gallery, New York, USA.
2005 Galerie Hausgeburt, Wagenhallen, Stuttgart, Germany.
2004 Guten Tak, Möbeloase, Stuttgart, Germany.


2022 Fresh Legs, ISBN 978-87-972277-5-6, Galleri Heike Arndt DK, Inselgalerie
2020 Ereignis Malerei, Bund Bilder Künstler Leipzig e.V.
2008 1730 Great Highway ISBN 978-3-931485-91-7, Institute für Buchgestaltung undMediengestaltung an der Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart Books.



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