Andreas Schulze (Hannover, 1955) began studying painting in Kassel but in 1978 asked to be transferred to the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf to study alongside painter Dieter Krieg. Like many other artists of his generation, Schulze chose not to go down the path of Minimal Art and Conceptual Art and sought his references in art made before the seventies, attracted by painting. His work eschews a single style and he has evolved by searching for a constant confrontation between the representation of a space and its abstraction. Schulze acknowledges the influence of Sol LeWitt and Frank Stella on his work. Although Schulze may sometimes include the representation of objects in his paintings, their presence is secondary and in no way motivated by pure representation. His works often show fantastical landscapes, which has led to his work being linked to Neosurrealism, although Schulze rejects these categorisations. In Untitled (1987) he represents an interior space that opens out to the exterior without offering any defined landscape on the other side. Schulze’s work strikes up a permanent dialogue with art history, which enables him to create a constant tension between what spectators recognise and what they find strange.