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 (b. 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. The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden mounted a retrospective of his work in 2007. More recently, his work has been the subject of exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2012 and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin in 2013. Honert is a highly regarded teacher at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden. He lives and works in Düsseldorf and Dresden.