Diet Sayler

  • 1939: Born in Timisoara, Romania.
  • 1956 – 1961: Studies structural engineering at Timisoara Technical University.
  • 1973: Emigrates to Germany
  • 1980 – 1990: Appointed director of the “konkret” series of international exhibitions in Nuremberg.
  • 1988: Director of the Franco-German exhibition
    Construction and design Berlin 1988.
  • 1988: Won the Camille Graeser Prize, Zurich.
  • 1989: Participates in the Systematic and Constructive Art Symposium, Madrid.
  • 1992 – 2005: Becomes professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg.
  • 1994: Ionel Jianou Prize, Davis, California, USA.
    1995: Visiting professor at Statens Kunstakademi Oslo, Norway.
  • 1999-2001: Retrospective exhibitions in Ludwigshafen, Bucharest, Cambridge, Prague and Genoa.
  • 2006: Direction of the International Summer Academy Plauen in Vogtland.
  • 2018: Awarded the Grand Prize for Culture by the City of Nuremberg
    Lives in Nuremberg

Diet Sayler is one of the most important concret artist across Europe.

Contrary to constructivist ideals and minimalist aesthetics that value anonymity, Diet Sayler infuses his work with a subjective, intuitive and random dimension. He is a passionate advocate of chromatic freedom, preferring intermediate nuances to the dictates of primary colors.

From 1956 to 1961, Diet Sayler studied structural engineering at university. At the same time, he studied painting with Julius Podlipny.
In the 1960s, Diet Sayler adopted abstract painting. In 1968, he took part in the “5 Young Artists” exhibition, featuring artists such as Bertalan, Cotosman, Flondor and Molnar. This exhibition introduced abstract-constructive art to Romania, and prompted Diet Sayler to move to Bucharest, enabling him to exhibit internationally.

Diet Sayler was initially influenced by Russian Suprematism and the art of the Russian Revolution. He was influenced by artists such as Brâncuși and Malevich. He also studied the theories of De Stijl and the Bauhaus. Later, he adopted the principle of chance, which would mark all his creations. Eventually, he turned to concrete art, as a mean of opposition to the political reality and socialist doctrine of his time.
Initially known for his vivid colors, his art shifted to black after his arrival in Germany. He then focused on delicate black lines on white canvases. In the late 1980s, Sayler developed a system of basic elements, which became the hallmark of his painting, and eventually reintroduced color into his work.

Aretusa, Acrylique sur toile, 100 x 100 x 4,5

Aretusa, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 x 4,5 cm

Palmyra - 2016 - Acrylique sur toile - 100 x 100 x 4,5

Palmyra, 2016
Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 x 4,5 cm

Variations, 1975 
50 x 50 cm

Variations, 1975 
50 x 50 cm

Cassandra, 2013, Acrylique sur toile 100 x 120 x 4,5

Cassandra, 2013
Acrylic on canvas
100 x 120 x 4,5

Solo Shows

2022: Random time-motion, Conrads, Berlin, Germany
2020: Geometry and color,
Galerie Klaus Braun, Stuttgart, Germany
2019: Chance Doesn’t Lie, Neues Museum – National Museum of Art and Design Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany
2018: Entirely Private Works from the 80s to today 418Gallery, Munich, Germany
2017: Galerie Hoffmann, Fiedberg, Germany
Diet Sayler. Artist Room, 418Gallery, Cetate, Romania
2016: Get an idea of Diet Sayler, KunstKontor Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany
2015 : Parlando Muzeum Chelmskie w. Chelmie, Chełm, Poland
418Gallery in collaboration with Unicredit F1 Space. Bucharest, Romania
2014: Fugy, Galerie umění Karlovy Vary, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
2013 : The reality of poetry National Museum of Art and Design Nuremberg, Nuremberg
2011: Norigram
Muzeul de Arta Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania
2010: Fuga ligure Centro de Arte Moderna e Contemporanea della Spezia, La Spezia, Italy
Fugue, Museum of Perception, Graz, Austria
2009: Die Malerei lügt nicht. Retrospektive, Kunstmuseum Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Deutschland.
La pittura non mente (Die Malerei lügt nicht).
Fortunaarte, Messina, Italien
2008: Malerei, Galerie Ursula, Huber, Basel, Schweiz.
Palais Stutterheim, Erlangen, Deutschland
2006: Farbe und Geometrie, Galerie Klaus Braun, Stuttgart, Deutschland.
University Gallery Pilsen, Pilsen, Tschechische Republik
BWA Lublin, Lublin , Polen
2005: Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Deutschland.
Galerie Uwe Sacksofsky, Heidelberg, Deutschland.
2003: Galerie Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg – Allegane.
2001: Geometria e tempo
Palazzo Ducale, Genua, Italien
2000 : Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, England
1999: Tschechisches Museum der Schönen Künste, Prag, Tschechische Republik
The National Museum of Art of Romania, Bukarest, Rumänien.
Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Deutschland
1998: Galerie Emilia Suciu, Ettlingen, Deutschland.
1995: Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Deutschland.
Lorenzelli Arte, Mailand, Italien
1994: Dum Umeni Mesta Brna, Brno, Tschechische Republik.
Vasarely Museum, Budapest, Ungarn
1993: Colaje murale
Kunstmuseum von Timisoara, Timisoara, Rumänien
Grundkonzepte, Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, Deutschland
1989: Studio B 2, Genua, Italien
1983: Galerie Hermanns, München, Deutschland
1982: Galerie Loehr, Frankfurt am Main, Deutschland
1980: Galerie Jeanne Buytaert, Antwerpen, Belgien.
1979: Galerie Hermanns, München, Deutschland
1978: Galerie Studium Generale der Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Deutschland.
1975: Gemälde und Miniaturen.
Galerie Jesse, Bielefeld, Deutschland
1970: Galeria Amfora, Bukarest, Deutschland

Museums Collections 

Albertina, Vienna – AT
CAMeC – Centro de Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, La Spezia – IT
Galeria Labirynt, Lublin – PL
Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg – DE
Art Museum Bayreuth, Bayreuth – DE
MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro – BR
Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Mie-Ken, Tsu City – JP
MoMA – Museum of Modern Art, New York City – USA
Musee de Grenoble, Grenoble – FR
Musées de Montbéliard, Montbéliard – FR
Museum of Concrete Art, Ingolstadt – DE
Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich – CH
Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg – DE
Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch – DE
Muzeul de Arta Timisoara, Timisoara – RO
Muzeum Chelmskie w. Chelmie, Chełm – PL
National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest – RO
New Gallery, Museumslandschaft Hessen, Kassel – DE
Neues Museum – State Museum for Art and Design, Nuremberg – DE
Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen – DE
Tate Modern, London – GB
Zacheta, Lublin – PL


2020: Conversation with Diet Sayler | Antonella Grevers,

2018 :
Auf eigenen Wegen zu internationalem Erfolg | Nürnberger Nachrichten
Grand prix culturel for Diet Sayler | Nordbayern, Back to the future: Artissima promotes art from the 80s and new talent |

2017: The Art Newspaper, Anna Brady

2016: 10 of Europe’s hottest artists | The New European, Anna Brady

2015 : Roman Cotosman – Diet Sayler, O prietenie | Revista Arta, Simona Vilau
Despre arta prietenie, destin | Orizont, Marcel Tolcea

2014: ArtInternational’s Top 7 must-sees
The Istanbul Guide, Nicole O’Rourke
Diet Sayler – Pictura abstract, Marius Ghilezan

2013: Despre abstractionismul romanesc | Cotidianul Victoria Anghelescu



Parlando | Muzeum Ziemi Chełmskiej, Poland 

Diet Sayler – Roman Cotosman | An Artist Friendship, Fundatia , Joana Grevers, Romania
Fugen | Galerie umení­ Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Sich ein Bild machen | Graef Verlag, Germany
La pittura non mente | Magika Edizioni, Italy

Group Shows

2023: Winter fairy tale, 418GALLERY, Munich

2022 : Other worlds on paper, 418GALLERY, Munich
Working Group 1972-2022, Esperienza Costruttiva Europea, Fondazione Marcello Morandini, Varese, Italy
Summertime, Galerie Linde, Hollinger, Ladenburg Zurich, Germany
Böhm Collection: Concrete Art from Central Europe, Baroque Castle Königshain, Germany

2021: Worlds on Paper, 418GALLERY, Munich, Germany
Till Augustin & Diet Sayler Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg france: 16 positions: konkret
Maison de l’art de Rehau, France
2020 : Artists after eighty. The Final Show, Galerie Linde, Hollinger, Ladenburg
Disruption as part of the deal – Ewerdt Hilgemann & Diet Sayler Parts Project, The Hague, Netherlands

2019: 24 Arguments. Early Encounters in Romanian Neo-Avant-Garde 1969-1971. National Art Museum of Romania, Bucharest, Romania
Konstellation II. 12 positions on concrete art, Kunst Kontor Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany
Remembering genéva, Edition MultipleArt, Zurich, Switzerland
Gomringer – Linschinger – Sayler
Museum Modern Art Hünfeld – Collection Jürgen Blum, Hünfeld, Germany
Konkret – Constructif, Galerie Klaus Braun, Stuttgart, Germany
Plato’s Heirs – The Collections of the Kunstmuseum Bayreuth, Bayreuth Art Museum, Germany

2017: Piccoli capolavori dalle collezioni del CAMeC, Centre d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de la Spezia, La Spezia, Italy
Art Encounters, 2nd edition. Life a User’s Manual, Museum of Art Timisoara Romania
Red comes before red, Museum, Ritter, Waldenbuch, Germany
9 years of art – 9 Romanian artists, 418 Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
Znak – Struktura – Zivotni Prostor, Gallery umění Karlovy Vary, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Cu gândul la Paul, National Museum of Fine Arts of Moldova, Chisinau

2016 : Logo – Art with the sign Museum for Concrete Art, Ingolstadt, Germany
[un]erwartet – The art of chance
Stuttgart Art Museum, Germany
L’Art De La Série, Galerie Linde, Hollinger, Ladenburg, Germany
Rhythm and Geometry, Musée, Bertrand, Châteauroux, France
50 years of Hoffmann Edition + Galerie Hoffmann, Friedberg, Germany

2015: [A] SYMMETRY
Zacheta Lublin, Lublin, Poland
Rendez-vous des pays. Peter C. Ruppert Collection, Museum of Cultural Memory, Würzburg, Germany
A square is a square is a square, Ritter Museum, Waldenbuch, Germany
Monocromos, Galería Edurne, Madrid, Spain
vocal and others. Symposium and exhibition, Bayreuth Art Museum, Germany

2014: m as in müller-emil m as in multipleart, House of Art, Zofingen, Switzerland
Uczulenie na Kolor, BWA Lublin, Lublin, Poland
Inspired White, Galerie Linde, Hollinger, Ladenburg, Germany
10 years Hubertus Schoeller Foundation, Leopold Museum, Hoesch, Düren, Germany
Structure & Energy II – The Power of Abstraction, 418 Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2013: Medhi Moutashar – Diet Sayler, Galerie Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg, Germany
égal inégal égal, Edition Multiple Art, Zurich, Switzerland
Structure & Energy – The need for abstraction, 418 Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
New gallery revisited. Collection + acquisitions documenta, New Gallery Kassel, Germany
2012: Ornamental structures
Pforzheim Art Association, Pforzheim, Germany
Chance as Strategy, Vasarely Museum, Budapest, Hungary

2011: Reopening of the Neue Galerie Kassel, New Gallery, Kassel, Germany
Ornament and Seriality, Vasarely Museum, Budapest, Hungary
Ornamental structures, Saarbrücken Municipal Gallery, Saarbrücken, Germany
De lineas, formas, medidas, color y materia, Galería Edurne, Madrid, Spain

2010: Color and Geometry, Kunsthaus Nürnberg, Germany
Concrete Positions, Galerie Ursula Huber, Basel, Switzerland
Couleur et Géométrie: actualité de l’art construit européen, Musées de Sens, Sens, France

2009: Twentysix Gasoline Stations ed altri libri d’Artista – Una collezione, Museo Regionale di Messina, Messina, Italy
La nouvelle galerie – Entrée en scène au château!, Wilhelmshöhe Palace Museum, Kassel, Germany
Re-connaître, Paksi Képtár, Paks, Hungary
Homage to the Square, Ritter Museum, Waldenbuch, Germany
Puls Fotografii, Zacheta Lublin, Lublin, Poland
L’oblique, un regard sur la géométrie contemporaine, Musée du château des Ducs de, Wurtemberg, Montbéliard, France
Reflections on drawing
BWA Lublin, Lublin, Poland
Spazio Libro d’Artista, Palazzo Manganelli, Catania, Italy

2008: Gmund Symposiums
Regional Gallery of the Upper Austrian Regional Museum, Linz, Austria
Seeing from very near and very far. The Municipal Collection of Erlangen, Glimpses VII – Palais Stutterheim, Erlangen, Germany
Not applicable, Society for Art and Design, Bonn, Germany

2007: Dialogue between generations
Forum Konkrete Kunst, Erfurt, Germany
Arhiva Demarco, Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania
Constructivo, Concreto, Reductivo (Construction, Concrete, Reduction), Centro Cultural Isabel de Farnesio, Aranjuez, Spain

2006: Still & Konsequent, Works from the Uwe Obier Collection, Kunstverein Siegen, Germany
Mouvement au carré, Ritter Museum, Waldenbuch, Germany
Master – pupil: Diet Sayler and Tatsushi Kawanabe, Art Gallery, Fürth, Germany

2005: Inaugural exhibition – SQUARE – The Marli, Hoppe-Ritter Collection, Ritter Museum, Waldenbuch, Germany
In a new freshness, New presentation of the collection, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Atlas Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
Identidades II, Galería Edurne, Madrid, Spain
La boite en valise or “The New World Begins in the Heart of Europe, Nuremberg Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg, Germany
Yellow and Gold, Galerie Linde, Hollinge, Ladenburg, Germany
Experiment Konkret: Eugen, Gomringer for his 80th birthday, Museum for Concrete Art, Ingolstadt, Germany

2004: always concrete. The Hubertus Schoeller Foundation
Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren, Germany
25 years of the Wilhelm Hack Museum – 25 years of collecting, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
The Box in the Suitcase – or The New World in the Heart of Europe, Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, Czech Republic
2003: Art shows what we don’t see. The Municipal Collection of Erlangen Palais Stutterheim, Erlangen, Germany

2002: Segni e contesti, Studio B, 2, Genoa, Italy

2001: Art for Kaliningrad
Kaliningrad State Art Gallery, Kaliningrad, Russia

1999: Constructive art in Europe. Threshold of the Third Millennium, Galerie Emilia Suciu, Ettlingen, Germany
Constructive art in Europe. Seuil du troisième millénaire, Galerie Hors Lieux, Strasbourg, France
La media armonica, Galería Edurne, Madrid, Spain

1998: Michele Festa and Diet Sayler, Society for Art and Design, Bonn, Germany

1997: Arta Concreta, The National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest, Romania
1996: Art as a concept
Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg, Germany

1995: Art in Germany 1945-1995, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg, Germany
Rouge Bleu Bleu Rouge, Kunsthaus am Moritzplatz, Berlin, Germany
Géométrie Di Confine, ORTI SAULI – Galleria d’Arte, Genova, Italy

1994: Konkrete Kunst, Internationaal: Projet 30 x 30, De Vrije Academie, The Hague, Netherlands

1993: From Collection IX, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany

1992: Time. Fabric. Color
Goethe-Institut Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Rupprecht Geiger, Diet Sayler, Günther Uecker, Studio B 2, Genoa, Italy
Chance as principle. Method and system in 20th-century art, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany

1991: Vera Röhm – Diet Sayler
Lüdenscheid Municipal Gallery, Germany
Time – Fabric – Color, Gallery NAITO, Nagoya, Japan

1990: Concret Dix
Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany
Vera Röhm – Diet Sayler, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany

1988: 4th International Drawing Triennale Wroclaw Awangarda Gallery, Wroclaw, Poland

1987: Christian Meger – Diet Sayler, Museum for Art without Objects, Otterndorf, Germany
Mathematics in the art of the last thirty years, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany

1986: De deux carrés, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany

1982 : Arteder’82 : Muestra Internacional de Obra Gráfica
Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain

1981: Positions and trends
Kunstverein Nürnberg – Albrecht Dürer Society, Nuremberg, Germany

1979: Karl Prantl – Diet Sayler
Galerie Dr. Luise Krohn, Badenweiler, Germany

1977: Sul Concetto Di Série
Museo civico di Villa Mirabello, Varese, Italy

1973: XIIe Premi Internacional Dibuix Joan Miro, Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona, Spain

1971: Romanian Art Today
Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, England

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