Adrian Ghenie was born in 1970 in Baia Mare, Romania, where he studied art and design at the University of Cluj. He currently lives and works in London. His work takes the form primarily of painting, and is updated daily with facts, people and events from the media. Genie combines these events with historical or literary episodes, which he revives in his paintings through juxtapositions that are often strident. The result is a series of portraits that sit midway between figuration and abstraction, in which realism sits alongside an emphasis on brushstrokes and drips of paint; these formal elements seem to underline his dark and brutal themes of extremism, disillusionment and abuse of power.
In 2015 Adrian Ghenie represented Romania in the 56th Venice Biennale. In the same year, there were exhibitions of his work at the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, The MAC, Belfast and Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles. His work was shown at Palazzo Grassi in the exhibition ‘The World Belongs to You’ (2011-12).