Photo by Daniel Zakharov


My drawn lines are my vocal cords.




1981 born in Berlin, Germany

lives and works in Berlin


Collection Michael Haas

Collection Dorothea and Rudolf Zwirner

Collection Peter Raue

Katowice Miasto Ogrodów, Poland (UNESCO)


Artist in residence

Artist in residence at ”monochrom”, Museumsquartier/Vienna (Electric Avenue), Austria

Artist in residence AADK  Centro Negra, Spain („Aktuelle Architektur der Kultur“)

Artist in residence at Spread Museum in Entrevaux, France


Exhibitions (S) Solo / (G) Group (selected)

„The Breath of Monaco“, Circle Monaco, Villa Milton Monte Carlo, Monaco (S)

„Le souffle d’Entrevaux“, Spread Museum Entrevaux, France (S)

Points of Resistance, Zionskirche Berlin (G)

„John Heartfield – DA bin ich! Ein Leben wie eine Collage“, John Heartfield Haus, Märkische Schweiz (S)

Paper Positions Berlin 2020, Art Fair, represented by Kleiner von Wiese

Kleiner von Wiese, Villa Erxleben Berlin Grunewald (G)

GEHAG Forum („How to deal with existential crisis?“) (G)

„Identity vs. Personality“ at Gallery Tore Suessbier, Berlin (S)

„Today. Berlin. Art.“ auction at Villa Elizabeth, Invalidenstr. 4a, 10115 Berlin Mitte (G)

„Sell your treasures“ at Sala d’expositions del Casino de Vic, Catalonia, Spain (S)

Lecture in Escola d’Art i Superior de Disseny de Vic, Catalonia, Spain

„Überfordert“ (Overwhelmed), Curator Vadim Zakharov at „Freehome“, Berlin (G)

goMedus, Berlin (G)

„Pneuma“ at Gallery Tore Suessbier, Berlin (S)

„House of Tweets“, Ministergärten, Landesvertretung des Saarlandes in Berlin (G)

„Die Schlesische Lunge“ / The Silesian Lung, Drawings in Gallery Miasto,Katowice Miasto Ogrodów, Poland (UNESCO). Soundinstallation in cooperation with Paweł Palej, Łukasz Kozera, Michaeł Paduch, Paweł Siodłok and Tomasz Makula. (S)

„Prologue“, Gallery Pusta, Katowice Miasto Ogrodów, Poland (UNESCO). (S)

„Artist to Artist“, Curator Vadim Zakharov at „Freehome“, Berlin (G)

„Zürich…von Giganten und Ganoven“ („Zurich … from Giants and Crooks“) , Galerie 16b, Zurich, Switzerland (G)

Kunsthalle European Creative City ECC-Weißensee, Berlin, Germany (G)

Anti-Heroes, „The Death of Andy Warhol”, graphic novel, Villa Mohr, Munich, Germany (G)

Stahlyn, installation of an cocktail-robot, at the international annual exhibition „Roböxotica” (G)

„Feuerwehrspezialeinheit”, photography, Museumsquartier/Vienna (Electric Avenue), Austria (G)

„Machines”, drawings, Bari, Berlin (S)

„Parteiapparat”, political machine, installation, Museumsquartier/Vienna (Electric Avenue), Austria (S)

„Loka Daun”, photography, Museumsquartier/Vienna (Electric Avenue), Austria (S)

Other works

„Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes“, experimental music (in cooperation), research and drawings about the Tower of Winds in Athens, Greece

“The Metallic Taste Of Pneuma”, a drawing-research about the history of tuberculosis based of the ancient greek term of PNEVMA

Illustrations for a story by author Leonardo Letra „Contadores de històrias“ (what means a professional storyteller and Campolina), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Drawing „Farewell-party“, Professor Hans Wilderotter, Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin-Dahlem

Consultation and participation „Manfred Butzmann. Heimatkunde. Aus den Tagebüchern der Jahre 1989 und 199o” Akademie der Künste Berlin (Hg.), AdK, Archiv, Berlin

John-Heartfield-Haus, Waldsieversdorf, Reconstruction and Research, Studio – private Interior weekend cottage of John Heartfield

Photographs for a computer game „Sowjet Unterzögersdorf”, for the artistgroup ”monochrom”

Stage design for „anti”-musical „Udo 77”, collaboration with the art-technology-philosophy group „monochrom”, Rabenhoftheater Vienna, Austria


Record Cover „Obsessive“, Martin Escalante (alto sax) and Weasel Walter (drums) at Seizures Palace, Brooklyn, NY, published in: ugEXPLODE Records

Interview „People who works on paper“, published in: designdrift magazine, India

„Die Berlinerin“, Part of Photoserie by Photographer Ashkan Sahihi about the Berlin Woman, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin / DISTANZ Verlag, ISBN 978-3-95476-101-2

„Visionarios“, Magazine, Issue 4, Cover and Illustrations, Hollywood L.A.

Article about Artwork in: „Posi+tive Magazine“, Issue I, page 125, „ECC / Berlin’s City Of Creativity / Ireen Zielonka“, www.positive-magazine.com

„Penelope Goldschlag – The first instrument”, „Penelope Goldschlag – Falling in love with Joey Ramone”, yiddish graphic novels in Swiss magazine „Milk & Wodka”, Rock ‚n‘ Roll Vol.II, 2oo8, No. 9, Switzerland

Drawings, ”Die Krähen vor meinem Fenster” („The Crows up on my Window“); author Willi Sagert, Exhibition and Book

Academy of Arts, Berlin: New acquisitions Library May / August: ”Die Krähen vor meinem Fenster” („The Crows up on my Window“); Willi Sagert, Ireen Zielonka

Hertzfeldt & Partner, Westermann Verlag, Praxis Englisch, „Action – Training Film Literacy”, „Australia”

„Penelope Goldschlag and the death of Andy Warhol”, „Penelope Goldschlag and the Death of Brian Jones”, yiddish graphic novels in Swiss magazine „Milk & Wodka”, Death, No. 1o, Switzerland

„Penelope Goldschlag, wos ajn Schlamassel” yiddish graphic novel

„Penelope Goldschlag‘s experience with The Cramps”, Rumble Skunk, No.2, 6o‘s Garage Punk Fanzine, Greece

„tag day dies”, publication, drawings and texts of a diary

Charitable engagement

„Agree To Disagree“ drawing for lyrics from the Album „Money can‘t kill Music“ by Christiano Can

„I‘m not perfect but I‘m perfectly me“, concept for „RUA“. Project for children who are living in „Morro da Providência“ (Favela) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, www.r-u-a.jimdo.com


Working with the Invisible

Text: Thierry Lefebre


Ireen Zielonka examines the wind, air and oxygen in her work. Through a metaphorical way, she connects her perceptions and insights with social topics.

Her approach is to explore how the wind affects people in a variety of places around the world, how the wind is used and what parallels can be found in the emotional field of perception. The breath of the individual in a society is also relevant in her research work. Therefore, she looks at the people‘ posture in places flooded with stimuli or close to nature, as well as the accompanying hectic or balanced breathing. Her methodical approach combines scientific findings with natural philosophical thoughts in a poetic way.

Zielonka describes the subject of her work as follows: Assuming that the human being has a soul, then the soul must be related to the breath. The human being is alive as long as they breathe. But the world must also have a soul – a breath – because we feel the wind on our skin.

Meteorologically, the wind creates the balance between the high and low pressure areas. Mythologically, there are wind gods who bring the ship to its destination or whirl it around on the open sea. Poetically, wind forces show parallels to the psyche and the corresponding emotional state. And in the ancient Natural Philosophy, the wind is the evidence that the world has a breath.

The wind is an invisible force that is used and feared at the same time.

Ireen Zielonka is a drawing artist working with pen and ink on paper in a figurative surreal style as well as abstract wind drawings for which she builds an apparatus or uses the environment itself as the apparatus that allows the wind to draw. For several years she has been integrating video performance and sound installations into her work. Some of her works are completely detached from her drawing work and stand on their own as soundscapes or soundscapes combined with video performances.