Eva Berendes was born in Born in 1974. She studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich and the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, prior to completing her MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2002. Eva currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Berendes has participated in numerous group and solo shows in Europe and the USA including; Kunstraum Düsseldorf, two-person exhibition with Ralf Werner, Düsseldorf (DE); Stations, Sommer & Kohl, Berlin (DE) (2015); Screens & Reliefs, Etage Projects, Kopenhagen, Denmark; Norma (with Andreas Bunte), Ancient & Modern, London, UK; Spring/Summer, CRG Gallery, New York, solo exhibition, USA (2014); ABC, Art Berlin Contemporary, solo with Sommer & Kohl and Jacky Strenz, Germany; The Near Serendipitous Encounter, Van Horn, Düsseldorf , Germany; Figures & Routines, Jacky Strenz Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany (2013); Casado Santapau, Madrid, Spain (2012); The Somerset Curtain, Elisa Platteau & Cie, Brussels, Belgium; New Reliefs, Ancient & Modern, London, UK; People and Events will be the Decoration, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK (2011); Bilder über Bilder, MUMOK, Vienna (2010); All that is solid melts into air, MuHKA, Antwerp (2009); Minimalism and Applied, Daimler Contemporary (2007); Silk, Grids & Souvenirs, Jacky Strenz, Frankfurt (2009); New Schubert Pink (2008) at Sommer & Kohl, Berlin, a solo presentation at The Armory Show, New York (2009) and a solo show at Ancient and Modern, London (2007)
Berendes work often mixes art historical references with design and basic craftsmanship. Her works implicit meaning reaches far beyond the works ostensibly modernist aesthetic and are frequently influenced by sources as diverse as Russian Suprematist painting, the Bauhaus movement, Amish quilt-makers, the Arts and Crafts Movement, Hollywood sets and 1980s Memphis furniture. Employing the formal vocabularies of these varied sources, Berendes produces works that combine and conflate these histories, alluding not only to their rigorous aesthetics, but also to the political and cultural climates from which they arose.