Stefan Szczesny






Born in Munich to Martha Meuffels, a theater producer and Gerhard Szczesny, a writer

1957 – 1967

Primary and secondary school

Spends summers with his parents at the isle of Elba


Attends a private school for Free and Applied arts in Munich


At the same time he works as a freelance art critic for the “Abendzeitung” newspaper Munich


Studies at the Munich Academy of Applied Arts and attends classes in art and art history and philosophy at Munich University


Marries Mechthild Moldenhauer


DAAD Scholarship in Paris.

Birth of his son David


Birth of his daughter Sarah


Awarded a stipend for the Villa Romana scholarship, Florence


Organises the exhibition “Rundschau Deutschland”, as protagonist of Germany´s Neo-Expressionist painting movement


wins the Rome prize awarded by the Prussian Academy of Arts Berlin

A year in Villa Massimo, Rome


Editor of the Journal “Malerei, Painting Peinture”

Travels with his father to Masuria

Spends time in Morocco


Birth of his son Roman

Travels to the United States, has his first major show, curated by Klaus Honnef in Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn*


Birth of his son Aurel 



First trip tot he Caribbean. Barbados and Jamaica 



Works on stage set for the Opera “Dunkles Haus” at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich


Spends time with Elvira Bach in Sicily and works ion “Fiumara d´Arte”

Meets Eva Klein in New York and works with Donald Kuspit on the Szczesny monograph, published by DuMont in 1995  



Moves into his New York studio Warren Street


“Voltaire project” in Postdam

Stays on the island Mustique for the fist time

Lindencorso art project in Berlin  



Founding of the Szczesny Factory and first publications released by the associated publishing company International Senefelder Prize for Prints


Birth of his son Felix


Works on glass sculptures in Murano, Italy

Travels to Israel

Starts his “Kempinski Art Project” 



Marries Eva Klein on Mustique


Birth of his son Anton

“Living planet Art Project“ for the EXPO 2000 in Hanover


Relocates to his new Studio “Le Mas des Palmiers “ in Saint Tropez, from now on main residence for himself and his family

Working trips and artists in residence at a studio in Seville, on the rooftop of a museum 



“Premiere of Szczesny –the Film (directed by Curt Faudon, New York ) at the Cannes International Film Festival

“Szczesny Mustique” is released  



Begins work on ceramic sculptures for the art project “Villa Soleil”, Terre Blanche in Tourettes as well as creating the concept for the art project “ Le Roc” Roquebrunne sur Argens


Begins work on the “ Le Roc” Roquebrunne sur Argens


Shadow sculptures all over the city of St. Tropez

Opening of the Szczesny Factory in Berlin


Mainau Island: A Dream of Earthly Paradise, Germany


Musée de la Photographie Villa Aurélienne, Fréjus

Centre d’art la Malmaison, Cannes


Shadow sculptures Grimaud, France

Art Project “summer in Tegernsee”, Germany

Shadow sculptures, Sternberg Lounge, Düsseldorf

Shadow sculptures, Villa Aurelien, Fréjus

Ceramics, Villa Domergue, Cannes


Caribbean Style, Szczesny Factory, Berlin

Garden show, Rechberghausen

32 sculptures for the Art Basel in Miami


Grand opening of the new atelier and establishing central storehouse in Saint Tropez  

Beginning of the Art Project Shadow Sculptures in Saint Tropez, Saint Moritz Sylt together with Jaguar  


Art Project Shadow Sculptures in Saint Tropez – Saint Moritz – Sylt together with Jaguar  

The city of Saint Tropez is honouring Stefan Szczesny´s 60th birthday with a large sculpture exhibition throughout the town


Schatten im Park, Schloss Bensberg/Schloss Lerbach

Szczesny at the Adlon, Hotel Adlon, Berlin

Szczesny in Frankfurt, with main exhibition “Kunstgarten Palmengarten” at the Palmengarten, Frankfurt

Szczesny: Neue Wilden works from the 80s, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York


“Saint-Tropez meets Miami”, paintings and sculptures, Addison House Miami

“Méditerannée. L’esprit du sud” paintings at Gallery Guy Pieters, in Saint Paul de Vence


“Saint-Tropez meets Miami”, paintings and sculptures, CU-1 Gallery Miami

“Métamorphoses méditerranéennes”, Palais des Papes, Avignon

“Paintings and ceramics”, Galerie Sassi Milici, Vallauris


Tree of Life and ceramics, Villa Domergue, Cannes

Szczesny at the Jigsaw flagship store, London

Galerie Kronsbein, Munich

Exhibition of sculptures, Domaine de la Croix, La Croix Valmer


“Welcome to Saint-Tropez”, redbox gallery, Zurich


Retrospective Sculptures 2005-2017 at the Citadelle de Saint-Tropez

“Tour de l´Art” Steigenberger Parkhotel & Galerie Kellerman, Düsseldorf

Althoff Grand Hotel Schloss Bensberg, Bergisch Gladbach Cologne


Szczesny “ die andere Eva”  at the Galerie Reitz , Cologne

“Feedback” Galerie Heitsch, Munich


“Szczesny-Céramiques”, Lavoir Vasserot, Saint-Tropez, May 4-14, 2019

“Szczesny-Les Baux-de-Provence”, Cité des Baux-de-Provence, June 1st, 2019 -February 28th, 2020

“Szczesny-Aquarelles”, September 2019-April 2020, Galerie Espace des Lices, Saint-Tropez

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, September 28th-October 6th 2019, Village des Voiles, Saint-Tropez

“Szczesny-The Dance”, Context Art Miami, December 3rd-8th 2019, Miami


Stefan Szczesny, « Caribbean Mood II », January 16th-February 6th 2020, Galerie Asie, Saint-Barthélémy

Stefan Szczesny, « Selected prints », Anse Chastanet Gallery, from February 13th 2020, Santa Lucia

Stefan Szczesny, Sculptures exhibition, Beddington Fine Art, Bargemon, April-September 2020

Stefan Szczesny, « Sylt Art Fair », Geuer & Geuer, Düsseldorf – Sylt, Germany, June 24th – October 18th 2020

« Szczesny : Surfin’ Saint-Tropez », 2-8 July & 13-19 August 2020, Lavoir Vasserot, Saint-Tropez, France

“Stefan Szczesny – Neue Bilder/Recent Paintings”, October 23rd 2020-January 17th 2021, Geuer & Geuer Art Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany


« Szczesny : Sculptures monumentales au Parc du Château de la Moutte », Saint-Tropez, Fonds de dotation Szczesny Art Foundation, 1. August – 17. October 2021

“Stefan Szczesny – Gemälde. Aquarelle. Skulpturen”, 20. August 2021-   , Geuer & Geuer Art Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany

« Stefan Szczesny : Sailing #Art4GlobalGoals », Monheim, 22. August 2021

« Stefan Szczesny : Global Goals Project », Ludwig Museum Koblenz, 25. September – 28. November 2021

« Szczesny : Sailing #Art4GlobalGoals Project », Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, Saint-Tropez, 25. September – 9. October 2021 (with Geuer & Geuer Art Gallery)

« Szczesny : Peintures et sculptures sous le soleil de Saint-Tropez », Salle Jean Despas, Saint-Tropez, 1. -17. October 2021


« Szczesny : Peintures et sculptures », Guy Pieters Gallery, Albertplein, Knokke, 2.-18. April 2022

« Szczesny – Sailing Art#4GlobalGoals”, Paris, UNESCO, 8.-9. & 10. June 

“Szczesny Art Project – Grimaud”, Grimaud, 27. May – 15. October 2022

 “Szczesny – Kitz Art Project », Kitzbühel, 17. December 2022 – 31. April 2023


“Szczesny : Céramiques & Oeuvre graphique », Lavoir Vasserot, Saint-Tropez, 4 – 10. May 2023

« Stefan Szczesny – Painting Paradise », Kunsthaus Artes, Berlin, Germany, 01. July – 2. September 2023

« Szczesny Sail #Art4GlobalGoals », Geneva, Switzerland, 9 – 12. June 2023

“Stefan Szczesny & Elvira Bach”, Galerie Noah, Augsburg, Germany, 27. July – 24. September 2023

Since 1974 : Numerous solo and group exhibitions in art galleries and museums.

2020 : Creation of the Fonds de dotation SZCZESNY ART FOUNDATION – Saint-Tropez.

Venues included : Munich, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, Zurich, Rome, Venice, Amsterdam, Saint-Tropez, Chicago, Miami and New York, as well as numerous art and building projects (amongst others: Lindencorso Berlin; Kempinski Marbella, Expo Hannover, Terre Blanche, Côte d’Azur).

Stefan Szczesny lives and works in St. Tropez and Berlin.