Ulysses BELZ

In his work Ulysses Belz (*1958) explores the phenomenon of reality pluralism in the conflict area of cognition and factual reality. His paintings open up nothing less than a completely new world to the viewer, a world characterized by the view of exactly those processes that precede one’s own recognition and perception. The esthetics, that gradually unfold like this in these works, are unique – overwhelming, monumental and yet, at the same time, of seemingly poetic delicacy and mysteriousness. Macrocosm and microcosm, outside and inside world merge in them, and the processes of perception and recognition become a pictorial event, indeed the actual subject of the pictures.


The French philosopher Joëlle Proust calls his form of painting “revolutionary thinking-in-painting”; Ulysses Belz himself names it metacognitive painting. Beyond abstraction and figuration, it has at its command its own, new vocabulary of form, to a large extent characterized by open schemata, intimations and indeterminable structures and spatial structures. It is liberated painting, which no longer seeks dialog in the sense of interpretation, but solely reflects with esthetic means the process behind one’s own cognition.

Exhibitions at HELDENREIZER

  • 2020 - "LINEAR PRESENT", 16.07. - 28.08.2020 in Munich

  • 2018 - "FLOATING STATES", 13. - 15.09.2018 in Munich


  • Born 1958 in Mainz

  • Based in Burgrain and Majorca

  • Apprenticeship in book restoration and fine bookbinding in Essen

  • 1980-1983 Studies at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris

  • 1984-1988 Gallery owner in Athens, before moving to Frankfurt am Main (1988-1992), Madrid (1992-2000), Riga (2000-2004) und Paris (2004-2010)

  • Since 2005 development of "Metacognitive Painting"


  • 2018 - Marcus Trautner (ed.): FLOATING STATES - Ulysses Belz, Heldenreizer Junge Kunst 2018, ISBN 978-3-9819524-2-1