Franziska Katharina Röhrs, born in 1993, is a Berlin-based artist who, after a decade in a corporate career and economic studies, returned to her true passion: painting. This shift was prompted by the loss of her father, inspiring her to dedicate all her resources to art. Her unique focus lies in abstract painting, where she incorporates her body as a paintbrush while doing yoga on canvas.How did you get into art?
I've always had a deep connection to art. In fact, I changed schools to join a better art program. My passion has always leaned towards abstract expression. However, I lost touch with my artistic side during a decade of corporate focus. It was the loss of my father that shook my perspective on life and brought me back to my true essence and art.
How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?
My style can be described as bold, loud, and sensually flowy, all at the same time. What makes my work special is the full incorporation of my body and energy, merging the worlds of yoga and art. There are multiple layers in my art, inviting the viewer to delve deeper and explore the weightiness before returning to the easy and rhythmic flow of life once more.How do you go about developing your work?
I approach my work by creating series devoted to specific topics, ensuring color and energy alignment within each series. I immerse myself in the energy of the subject I'm exploring and allow it to flow freely. I paint in a playful manner, trusting the energetic download of each moment. To be entirely authentic, I often paint naked as it fosters a deeper connection and honesty with myself, leaving no room to hide behind clothing.Who or what influences you?
I find influence in my own thoughts, experiences, and emotions. Kundalini Yoga plays a significant role in shaping my creativity. The people I encounter in life also leave their mark. I'm influenced by the perpetual quest for inner balance and presence, the rhythms of daily life, the wonders of nature, the human form, and sensuality.
Make us curious. What are you planning to do next?
I'm excited to share that I have plans for retreats and workshops, as I'm passionate about not keeping my yoga painting technique to myself. If you're in Berlin, you can catch a glimpse of some of my works at Studio 183 until the end of the year. Additionally, I'm thrilled to announce a Nikolaus exhibition in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg, a collaboration with my colleague and friend, Carlotta von Plettenberg. In the coming month, I'm looking forward to documenting my journey of enriching my yoga painting practice with an aerial yoga swing, and I can't wait to see where this new avenue leads.Learn more about the artist: