Marcus Kleinfeld was born in 1979 in Berlin, Germany. He completed a BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London in 2006. Whilst pursuing this degree, Kleinfeld spent a year studying at Villa Arson in Nice, France. In 2007, Kleinfeld undertook a MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London. Since completing his MFA, Kleinfeld has been living and working in Cologne, Germany.
Kleinfeld's work has been featured in exhibitions including: A Rose is not a Rose, CENTRALE, Brussels (2014); Condition Report, Schmidt&Handrup, Cologne (2013); Menschenpark, Schmidt&Handrup, Cologne (2012); Empire, Hannah Barry Gallery, London (2010); Masse ohne Eigenschaften, Schmidt & Handrup, Cologne; Crowds Without Qualities, Hannah Barry Gallery, London (2009); Ebenbild German Embassy, London (in collaboration with Hannah Barry Gallery) (2008) and Par-A-Dise (with Eve Ackroyd), Dazed & Confused Gallery, London (2008). His work has been exhibited in group exhibitions including Let There Be Sculpture! New Art Centre Roche Court, Wiltshire (2010); Kunstkonsum / Schwerenot, Schmidt & Handrup, Cologne (2010); Art Cologne (2010); The Peckham Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice (2009); and Believers, Duplex Centre d'arts contemporains, Geneva (2008).
Kleinfeld is interested in systems of power, both political and psychological, and how such systems govern the landscape of our everyday environment, particularly in an increasingly globalised world. Through his paintings, drawings and sculptures, Kleinfeld encourages a reconsideration of the world around us and particularly, the objects within it. He seeks to reconnect us with our surroundings, by singling out objects that are often overlooked or taken for granted, and re-presenting them, devoid of their everyday purpose, through his use of unexpected materials, unusual configurations and even simple de-contextualisation.