Martin Honert's meticulous sculptures are largely inspired by childhood memories. Employing illusion, manipulation of scale, and painstakingly rendered surfaces, they are obsessive depictions of essential ideas that connect to collective experiences. The artist has said, "I don't want my work to get too personal. I may begin with a personal image, but then I try to see how I can formulate a more general one. . . . I don't want to tell stories, so I try to reduce the image to its purest state."
Honert (born 1953) represented Germany in the 1995 Venice Biennale and had his first one-person exhibition in the United States at Matthew Marks Gallery, in 1999. His work was the subject of a retrospective organized by the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden in 2007, and he is a highly regarded teacher at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden. Honert lives and works in Düsseldorf and Dresden.