Martin Koester

The city painter

Martin Koester is fascinated by the beauty when a city transforms at nightfall. Car headlights that dance as lights in the streets, bright restaurant doors that light up the sidewalks – each of these lights has its own story and he loves to translate these stories into art.

Martin Koester was born in Hanover, Germany in 1988. After graduating with a diploma from Leibniz University of Hanover, Koester began exhibiting throughout Germany.

In 2018, the city painter Koester received his first invitations to international exhibitions. Two years later, the contrast between dark buildings and bright lights has reached the international art world. Meanwhile, Köster exhibits regularly in Hong Kong, New York, London, Moscow, Paris, Hamburg and many other cities worldwide.

“I’ve always been fascinated by light in paintings. When rays of light break out of dark corners and bring the cities to life, I feel beauty.”

To feel the pulse of the city, Koester likes to climb the tallest buildings around. On the roofs, Koester paints his city scenes from above:

“I am always surprised how much life I can observe down below. I feel the freedom and seclusion that inspires me.“

When Martin Köster is not painting on a high-rise, his works are created in his studio loft in Germany. Koester uses the photos and sketches he brought back from his city trips for his references.

“I like to arrange my works everywhere in my studio, so I see all the different cities at once. Then I feel the international flair again and if I relive all the stories, I know the painting is finished”


  • Leibniz Universität Hanover (Germany)

Exhibitions (selected):


  • Join me in the City Group Exhibition / Eclectic Gallery – London, United Kingdom
  • Cityscapes Group Exhibition / Gallery 104 Broadway – New York, United States of              America


  • Sea & City Duo Exhibition / Gallery Flying Colours – Buxtehude, Germany
  • The Texture Show Group Exhibition / Gallery 104 Broadway – New York, Vereinigte             Staaten
  • Armory Art Week Group Exhibition / NYA Gallery – New York, United States of America
  • Equinox Exhibition / NYA Gallery – New York, United States of America
  • “The Healing Show” Exhibition / Art Center, NYA Gallery – New York, United States of          America
  • Group Exhibition Mercedes-Benz Art Night / Marcus Schäfer Kunst-Art – Hong                  Kong, China
  • World Art Roadshow Group Exhibition / World Art Roadshow – Moscow, Russia
  • ARTBAHO Fair / Spain Expo – Barcelona, Spain
  • Group Exhibition / Gallery Birgit Berger – Düsseldorf, Germany
  • ARTMUC Fair / Praterinsel 3 – Munic, Germany
  • Exhibition Orric Building / Marcus Schäfer Kunst-Art – Düsseldorf, Germany
  • A.R. Contemporary Art Ruhr / Unesco Welterbe-Zollverein – Essen, Germany
  • Affordable Art Fair / Messeplatz 1 – Hamburg, Germany


  • Foward Group Exhibition / NYA Gallery – New York, United States of America
  • RURAL VS URBAN Group Exhibition / THE BRICK LANE GALLERY – London, United            Kingdom
  • Discovery Art Fair Köln / XPOST Köln – Köln, Germany (postponed)
  • Discovery Art Fair Frankfurt / Frankfurt Messe – Frankfurt, Germany (postponed)
  • ARTMUC Munich / Isarforum – Munich, Germany
  • Grand Touring Art Night / Ritz Carlton – Toronto, Canada (postponed)
  • A.R. Contemporary Art Ruhr / Zollverein – Essen, Germany
  • Affordable Art Fair Hamburg / – Hamburg, Germany (postponed)


  • Book: Martin Koester, The city painter; 2019
  • Book: Martin Koester, The city painter; 2020
  • Documentation: Martin Koester, The city painter; 2019 Klingebiel – CREATIVE

Current Galleries:

  • Clarendon Fine Art, London, United Kingdom
  • Simonbart Gallery, Bologna, Italy
  • Gormleys Fine Art, Belfast, Ireland
  • Gallery Deichstraße, Hamburg, Germany
  • Gallery Meisterstück, Nürnberg, Germany
  • Bilder König Kunsthandel, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Gallery an der Zitadelle, Jülich, Germany
  • Gallery Ernst Ulrich Kühn, Langenfeld, Germany
  • Gallery Elitzer, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Gallery Kaphammel, Braunschweig, Germany
  • Gallery Kaschenbach, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain
  • Gallery Kunst-Schaefer, Wiesbaden, Germany
  • GALLERI V58, Aarhus Danmark
  • Gallery Weise, Chemnitz, Germany
  • Kunstart Marcus Schäfer, Puchong, Kuala Lumpur
  • Kunsthaus Uerpmann, Bielefeld, Sylt, Germany
  • New York Art Gallery, New York, United States of America