1970 Tokyo – lives in Ahrensburg and Berlin
Jonathan Meese is born to a German mother and Welsh father in Tokyo. In the 1970s, his mother returns to Germany with her three children. Despite initial difficulties in adapting, Meese passes his Abitur (high school graduation) in 1989. As a so-called “late developer”, he is at the stage of a 16-year-old at the age of 22. After his language stay in Scotland, his mother enrols him in an economics course, which ends in disaster. At the age of 22 he discovers art for himself and takes up drawing and etching courses. In 1998, after three years, he discontinues his studies at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts. Daniel Richter, friend of the young artist, with whom he also works, recommends him to the gallery owners of the Galerie Contemporary Fine Arts, where he is then signed. During this time, his first exhibition follows.