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Peter Robert Keil Art

German, b. 1942

Peter Robert Keil was born to an artist blacksmith father whom he lost very early in his childhood during World War II. During the end phase of the war, Keil's mother, also an artistically talented woman, took her son and struggled her way to West Berlin where they settled. This is where Peter Robert Keil grew up in the working-class neighbourhood of Berlin-Wedding and where he discovered his interest in painting – particularly in expressionistic artists and in Pablo Picasso's work.[3] From 1954 on, the East Berlin-based painter Otto Nagel became his mentor and taught him first craft skills and painting techniques.[4] In 1954, he began his traineeship as an artist metalworker and between 1959 and 1961, he studied at the University of Arts in Berlin. When the Berlin Wall was built, he lost contact with his mentor Otto Nagel and from the early 60s on, Keil started to spend more and more time abroad. During his studies at the University of Arts in Berlin, he came in contact with numerous other artists who later became influential artists of their generation, like for example Georg Baselitz, Eugen Schönebeck, Markus Lüpertz and Joachim Schmettau.[5][6] During his time in Mallorca, he also met with Joan Miró in his studio several times.[6] From the early 60s on, Keil established studios in Paris, London, Berlin and in the US. Today he mainly lives and works in Zimmerau (Bavaria, Germany), Berlin and Los Angeles.
In the beginnings of his artistic career, Peter Keil's style was influenced by German expressionism. In the works from his early Berlin years, he mainly focused on typical big city settings and characters on the fringes of society. However, his style changed visibly at the beginning of the 60s when he lived in Paris for a while and emerged in the city's nightlife. Keil increasingly parted with his realistic approach and developed a new, much more spontaneous and dynamic painting style which he developed further during his years in London and finally during his time as one of the "Berliner Neue Wilden" at the beginning of the 80s.[5][7] Since then, the use of intensive to lurid colours and the absence of realistic representation have become characteristic of his painting style.[8] In his paintings, the colour is applied with quick brushstrokes and occasionally with impasto techniques and the images are additionally abstracted by the use of Graffiti elements. Keil prefers to paint human figures, portraits, big city scenes, landscapes and still life images of flowers.[3] His emotional way of painting is mainly driven by a desire for freedom from social constraints and conventions. In the past 50 years, he has created numerous large- and small scale paintings in oil and mixed media on canvas but also some sculptures in wood and steel and a great number of majolicas.

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Peter Robert Keil Framed Ink & Charcoal on Paper 1975 Portrait on Nude
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in Hudson, NY
Amazing Peter Keil ink and charcoal on paper. This is one of Keil's earlier pieces (1975) that was cleverly painted on top of what looks like a charcoal male nude. Many of the Keil p...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Peter Robert Keil Art

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Young Man Smoking a Cigarette
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in London, GB
'Young Man Smoking a Cigarette', oil on board, by Peter Robert Keil (1985). Big, bold with brash brush strokes painted in exuberant colours is the trademark of the artist. Strangers,...
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1980s Modern Peter Robert Keil Art

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Untitled, Berlin 1984
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in Summit, NJ
Gorgeous piece by Berlin artist Peter Tobert Keil. Great colors and perfect condition. The piece is from Peyer’s Personal collection. It can hang vertically or horizontally because s...
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1980s Neo-Expressionist Peter Robert Keil Art

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Oil, Board

Untitled
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in Hudson, NY
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20th Century Abstract Peter Robert Keil Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Peter Robert Keil Early 'Paloma' Painting on Board 1957
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in Hudson, NY
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Mid-20th Century Cubist Peter Robert Keil Art

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Paint, Board

Peter Robert Keil Framed Ink Portrait on Paper in the Manner of Pablo Picasso
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in Hudson, NY
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Peter Robert Keil Art

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Paper, Ink

Portrait of a Man with Blue Eyes
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in London, GB
'Portrait of a Man with Blue Eyes', oil on board, by Peter Robert Keil (1985). Big, bold with brash brush strokes painted in exuberant colours is the trademark of the artist. Strange...
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1980s Modern Peter Robert Keil Art

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Woman with Tattoos
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in London, GB
'Woman with Tattoos', oil on board, by Peter Robert Keil (1985). A topless, blonde woman shows off her tattoos to the viewer, unbothered by the concept of propriety. She would feel r...
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1980s Modern Peter Robert Keil Art

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Oil, Board

Young Man with Blond Hair
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in London, GB
'Young Man with Blond Hair', oil on board, by Peter Robert Keil (1983). Big, bold with brash brush strokes painted in exuberant colours is the trademark of the artist. Strangers, fri...
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1980s Modern Peter Robert Keil Art

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Oil, Board

Newport
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Newport Mixed Media oil paint, collage, cotton cloth. Peter Robert Keil was born to an artist blacksmith father whom he lost very early in his childhood during the Second World War....
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1970s Expressionist Peter Robert Keil Art

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Peter Robert Keil Framed Woman in Blue Painting on Board 1972
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in Hudson, NY
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Peter Robert Keil Silver Leaf Framed Painting on Board 1974
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in Hudson, NY
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Peter Robert Keil Art

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Paint, Board

Peter Robert Keil Framed Ink Portrait on Paper 1975
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in Hudson, NY
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Peter Robert Keil Art

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Paper, Ink, Paint

Peter Robert Keil Framed Ink & Charcoal on Paper 1975 Portrait on Nude w Flowers
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in Hudson, NY
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Peter Robert Keil Art

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Paper, Charcoal, Ink, Crayon, Wax Crayon, Carbon Pencil

Portrait of a Schoolboy
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in London, GB
'Portrait of a School Boy', oil on board, by Peter Robert Keil (1983). Big, bold with brash brush strokes painted in exuberant colours is the trademark of the artist. Strangers, frie...
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1980s Contemporary Peter Robert Keil Art

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Oil, Board

Portrait of Smiling Figure
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in London, GB
'Portrait of Smiling Figure', oil on board, by Peter Robert Keil (1985). Big, bold with brash brush strokes painted in exuberant colours is the trademark of the artist. Strangers, fr...
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1980s Modern Peter Robert Keil Art

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Oil, Board

Portrait of Woman Smoking
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in London, GB
'Portrait of Woman Smoking', oil on board, by Peter Robert Keil (1983). Big, bold with brash brush strokes painted in exuberant colours is the trademark of the artist. Strangers, fri...
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1980s Modern Peter Robert Keil Art

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Untitled
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in Summit, NJ
Great piece by Peter Keil. The piece is from his family's private collection. It is framed in its original gold wood frame with a linen liner. Background is a beautiful blue with ma...
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The Towers (Berlin 1992)
By Peter Robert Keil
Located in Summit, NJ
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1990s Neo-Expressionist Peter Robert Keil Art

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