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Ian Waelder (b. Madrid, 1993) is a Spanish-American artist and publisher currently living in Frankfurt am Main.

Graduated in Fine Art studies (2017–2023) at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main as Meisterschüler in the class of Prof. Haegue Yang; having been previously in the class of Prof. Peter Fischli, and Prof. Mark von Schlegell’s Pure Fiction seminar.

His practice explores memory and trace by isolating archival histories and language in relation to his biography, working through the poetics of the accident and the repurposing of the discarded. Waelder’s work unfolds through the mediums of photography, sculpture, sound and installation.

Among his solo exhibitions, we find even in a language that is not your own (curated by Francesco Giaveri at Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum, Palma, 2023-2024), mezzo staccato (romantic gestures) (Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Rome, 2023), Is it like today? (ethall gallery, Barcelona, 2022), Why aren’t they all like that, as I should be? (L21 Gallery, Palma, 2021), Teo’s Pink Panther (Las Palmas, Lisboa, 2019), We feel untied, but why? (curated by Sonia Fernández Pan at Centro Párraga, Murcia, 2018), Who Would Be Interested in an Empty Parking Lot? (The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, 2018), The Noise, The Traces and Marks (LOCAL Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Chile, 2015) or After a hippie jump (L21 Gallery, Madrid, 2014).

He’s been part of group exhibitions at venues such as carlier | gebauer (Berlin), Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona), Delfina Foundation (London), Francis Irv (New York), Tatjana Pieters Gallery (Ghent), Nassauischer Kunstverein (Wiesbaden), Spoiler (Berlin), Galerie Rolando Anselmi (Rome and Atina), Joey Ramone Gallery (Rotterdam), Salón (Madrid), L21 (Madrid and Mallorca), Ana Mas Projects (Barcelona), Sant Andreu Contemporani (Barcelona), Tabacalera (Madrid) and La Casa Encendida (Madrid).

He has participated in publications and readings as part of Pure Fiction at the Kölnischer Kunstverein (Cologne), Kunsthalle Portikus (Frankfurt am Main), Johanne (Frankfurt am Main), and Ashley (Berlin).

Artist in residence at HANGAR Lisboa (2016) and NauEstruch Sabadell (2015), in 2013 he received the Full Contact Prize at the photography festival SCAN Tarragona as well as the Honor Mention at the Ciutat de Palma Prize.

More recently he’s been awarded the Städelschule Portikus e.V Graduation Prize 2023 and the DZ BANK Art Foundation Grant 2023/24 (together with the artist Maryam Jafri), the Städelschule Rundgang “Felix von Saucken” Prize (2022) and the Deutschland Stipendium (2021). His solo show “Is it like today?” (2022) at ethall gallery received the Art Nou and the Art-O-Rama Prize given by the Barcelona Art Galleries Association.

His work is part of public and private collections like Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum, BRAUNSFELDER Family Collection and Camper Foundation, among others.

Since 2019 and in parallel to his artistic practice, he runs Printer Fault Press, a small-scale publishing house for books, editions and a variety of projects with other artists and writers.



2017 - 2023
  • Hochschule für Bildende Künste - Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main (DE).
           Profs. Haegue Yang, Mark von Schlegell, Peter Fischli.




  • even in a language that is not your own. LISTE Art Fair Basel with diez, Basel (CH)
  • Here Not Today. Super Super Markt, Berlin (DE)
  • Bystander (Moth Joke). Curated by Isabelle Tondre. Neuer Kunstverein, Gießen (DE)

  • even in a language that is not your own. Curated by Francesco Giaveri. Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum, Palma (ES)
  • mezzo staccato (romantic gestures), Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Rome (IT)

  • Is it like today?, ethall gallery, Barcelona (ES)

  • ¿Por qué no son todos así, como yo debiera ser?” (Why aren’t they all like that, as I should be?), L21. Palma (ES)

  • Solo Project. Present Future Section at Artissima, Torino (IT)
  • Teo’s Pink Panther. Las Palmas. Lisbon (PT)

  • Das Kniegelenk. L21. Palma (ES)
  • we feel untied, but why?. Curated by Sonia Fernández Pan. Centro Párraga, Murcia (ES)
  • Who would be interested in an empty parking lot?. Project Space. Finnish Museum of Photography. Helsinki (FI)

  • SUEDE. L21. Palma (ES)
  • Professional Portraits. Dustin Marisa Jason Ray Mark (an excerpt). El Poste Carlos, Santander (ES)
  • Dear Leg,. (w/ Bel Fullana). Bacelos Gallery. Madrid (ES)
  • Ruido. (w/ Èlia Llach). Ana Mas Projects Gallery. Barcelona (ES)
  • Photographs. Fundació Forvm. Tarragona (ES)

  • To play with heights with a kind of void. DAFO Projectes. Curator: Jordi Antas. Lleida (ES)
  • El Biombo y el Eco (w/ Felipe Mujica). Salón. Curated by Carolina Castro Jorquera. Madrid (ES)
  • The noise, the traces and the marks. LOCAL Arte Contemporáneo. Santiago de Chile (CL)
  • Believe Me, I Tried. Chirivella Soriano Foundation. Valencia (ES)

  • After a Hippie Jump. L21, Madrid (ES)

  • Cover. Espazo Miramemira. Santiago de Compostela (ES)
  • Side/Walk. Palma Photo ‘13. L21. Palma (ES)


  • Prender la mirada. Curated by Esmeralda Gómez Galera. Casal Solleric, Palma (ES)
  • Identities. Curated by Jonathan Levy. Rothschild & Co, Zürich (CH)
  • Un cuarto cálido. (Toma estas paredes por piel) –Avelino Marín Collection. Sala Verónicas, Murcia (ES)
  • The Invisible Structure of the Universe: Part II. carlier | gebauer, Berlin (DE)
  • I Opened the Curtain to See What Lays Behind. carlier | gebauer, Berlin (DE)
  • Personal Showcase II. Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Rome (IT)
  • Attitudes Bootlegged (SHH...). La Galerie Imaginaire. Online.

  • A=A, B=B. Curated by Pep Vidal. Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona (ES)
  • Tearoom Relay – Pit Stop. Delfina Foundation, London (UK)
  • Moving In. Super Super Markt, Berlin (DE)
  • Art-O-Rama Marseille with ethall gallery. Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille (FR)
  • GROTTO. Städelschule Graduates. Curated by Melissa Destino. Danziger Platz 12, Frankfurt am Main (DE)
  • Rocking Meadows. Curated by Sung Tieu. Kunstverein Wiesen, Wiesen (DE)
  • Stick n Poke. Curated by Alana Alireza & Geraldine Belmont. FOMO Art Space, Zurich (CH)
  • Search Party – Ben Edmunds invites friends. Tatjana Pieters Gallery, Ghent (BE)
  • Balusters. Francis Irv, New York (US)

  • ...and then night! Curated by Aurélien Le Genissel. Rodríguez Gallery, Poznań (PL)
  • Losing by winning - Edith Stein. Curated by Dr. Hubert Salden. Museum Stift Stams (AT)
  • Three course menu. Curated by Curatorial Studies (Städelschule/Goethe University). Fffriedrich, Frankfurt am Main (DE)
  • The Hotel Show. Curated by Anna-Lisa Scherfose, Alke Heykes, Sarah Müller, Seda Pesen. Pearl Hotel, Frankfurt am Main (DE)
  • ARCO Madrid (ES)

  • WALKING, RUNNING, FALLING. Curated by Francesco Giaveri. L21 LAB, Palma de Mallorca (ES)
  • I've got a suitcase of memories that I almost left behind. Time after time. Joey Ramone Gallery. Rotterdam (NL).
  • Future School, Korean Pavilion. Venice Architecture Biennale (IT)
  • Touch Release. In collab with Tom Engels. Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden (DE)
  • Going nowhere. SPOILER. Berlin (DE)

  • UN MOMENTO ATEMPORAL. 35 AÑOS DE CREACIÓN INJUVE, curated by David Armengol at Tabacalera, Madrid (ES)
  • The Hawt Show II. Galerie Rolando Anselmi. Atina (IT)
  • El instante antes de que algo suceda. Curated by Allelón (María Lucía Marcote García & Adriana A. Leanza). IEB booth, ARCO Madrid (ES)
  • Sunday Show. Laurel Project Space. Amsterdam (NL)

  • From Outside Or From Within But From Another Angle. Joey Ramone Gallery. Rotterdam (NL)
  • ARCO Madrid (ES)
  • Open Mike. Pure Fyction Workshop. Kölnischer Kunstverein. Cologne (DE)
  • Pure Fyction Mausoleum. Johanne. Frankfurt am Main (DE)
  • Rundgang. Städelschule. Frankfurt am Main (DE)

  • Ver as vozes dos artistas. Curated by Miguel von Hafe Pérez. Metro do Porto (PT)
  • ARCO Madrid (ES)
  • Rundgang. Städelschule. Frankfurt am Main (DE)

  • Lockers V2. Curated by Diego Díez. Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam (NL)
  • Ayudas a la Creación INJUVE. Sala Amadís. Madrid (ES)
  • ARCO Madrid. (ES)

  • LENGUAJE. L21. Palma de Mallorca (ES)
  • Ch.ACO. Santiago (CL)
  • Biennal d’Art Ciutat d’Amposta. Lo Pati. Amposta (ES)
  • Do you believe?. Fabra i Coats Centre D’Art. Barcelona (ES)
  • Statement. L21 Gallery. Madrid (ES)

  • Untitled Miami Beach. Miami (US)
  • Artists in residence at NauEstruch. Campanar de Sant Félix. Sabadell (ES)
  • Hot drinks and minimal punk. L21. Palma de Mallorca (ES)
  • ARCO Madrid. L21 Gallery. Madrid (ES)
  • Ciutat de Palma. Casal Solleric. Palma de Mallorca (ES)

  • The Apartment (piloto). L21. Palma de Mallorca (ES)
  • AGRICULTORS. Curator: Sema D’Acosta. Sant Andreu Contemporani. Barcelona (ES)
  • Queso de cobra. Casas da Hedra. Santiago de Compostela (ES)
  • Ende der party. Tokonoma. Kassel. (DE)
  • Present Indicatiu. Fabra i Coats. Barcelona (ES)
  • Aprender a caer. Inéditos. Curator: Ángel Calvo Ulloa. La Casa Encendida. Madrid (ES)
  • Misha Bies Golas: 27 Negros. Contemporary Art Center of Galicia (CGAC) Santiago de Compostela (ES)
  • Behind the scenes. CAC Ses Voltes. Mallorca (ES)
  • ¿Por qué la noche…?. Panal361. Buenos Aires (AR)
  • Sobre el muro. Curator: Ángel Calvo Ulloa. L21. Madrid (ES)
  • Ciutat de Palma. Casal Solleric. Palma de Mallorca (ES)

  • Certamen artes plásticas de Binissalem. Centro cultural Can Gelabert. Binissalem, Mallorca (ES)
  • Objetos. L21. Palma de Mallorca (ES)
  • Certamen Ciudad de Manacor. Museo de Historia-Torre dels Enagistes, Manacor (ES)
  • RAL 9005. L21. Madrid (ES)
  • Art Jove. Ses Voltes. Palma de Mallorca (ES)


  • GROTTO. Published by Hochschule für Bildende Künste–Städelschule.

  • Federico Waelder (FRIEDRICH) - Heutigen Records
  • Breadcrumb. Art & Sandwiches. Ed. Cristina Ramos & Eliot Z. Felde. Published by Onomatopee Projects.

  • Ich Bin Sandra (Nine Poems) – On a workshop by Karl Holmqvist. Published by Printer Fault Press

  • Ian Waelder – Looking, Finding, Living, Sharing. Published by Printer Fault Press


  • WIELS Residency Programme. Brussels (BE)

  • L21 x Fundación Camper, Mallorca (ES)

  • HANGAR. Lisboa (PT)

  • NauEstruch. Sabadell (ES)

  • Tokonoma. Kassel. (DE)
  • Centro PANAL 361. Buenos Aires (AR)



  • Art Nou Prize - Barcelona Art Galleries. Barcelona (ES)
  • Art-O-Rama Prize - Art Nou Primera Visió. Barcelona Art Galleries. Barcelona (ES)
  • Städelschule Rundgang “Felix von Saucken” Prize. Städelschule. Frankfurt (DE)

  • Deutschlandstipendium. Städelschule. Frankfurt (DE)

  • Full Contact Prize. SCAN Photography Festival, Tarragona (ES)
  • Honor Mention. Premi Ciutat de Palma, Mallorca (ES)


  • GRECU Collection, Bucharest (RO)
  • KELLS Collection (ES)


carlier | gebauer (Berlin/Madrid)

diez (Amsterdam)



Photo documentation on this website by:
John Forest, Natasha Lebedeva, Lúa Oliver, Ivan Murzin, Iain Emaline, Juan David Cortés, Paul Levack, Jiyoon Chung, Augustine Paredes, Juande Jarillo, Eva Carasol, Sebastiano Luciano, Nick Ash
© Ian Waelder, 2024