The works by Martin Mainer are characterized by painting and drawing virtuosity and thorough knowledge of the history of visual arts. While his early works have been inspired by Germany’s Neue Wilde, and his later works by Chinese classical painting and baroque treatment of celestial space, these facts have not prevented him from creating apparently objectless paintings now. Mainer is transforming diverse impulses into an original visual language with a message of its own. After some time, he leaves the trodden path so that his tireless and searching spirit can discover new, yet unknown worlds. This protects him from falling into stereotype or meaningless virtuosity.