Dirk Freder

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Dirk Freder


Dirk Freder is an artist from germany painting in a realistic style with the main focus on wildlife based topics. He is a self-taught artist though he has a professional background in computer illustration and design as well as in photography.  All photographic references used for his artworks are taken by himself. The impressions of animals collected on journeys around the world together with some studies from wildlife parks are then put together to create paintings with the goal to achieve lifelike results more appealing than what could be captured by camera alone. He experiments with different techniques and materials to find the best way to illustrate the detailed textures and rich colours of nature.
He paints in pastels, oil, acrylics and coloured pencils on various surfaces and sometimes combines the techniques for the best results.


  • „Great Migration“
    – finalist at the 14th International Arc Salon competion
  • „Night Hunter“
    – artist choice award at the IGOR 2019 Winter Salon Online Exhibition
    – honorable mention award at the 14th Pastel 100 competition of the Pastel Journal
    – finalist at the 12th International Arc Salon competition of the Art Renewal Center


  • „International Guild Of Realism – 15th Annual Juried Exhibition“, Principle Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina, USA 2020
  • „International Guild Of Realism – IGOR 2020 Spring Salon Online Exhibition“
  • „International Guild Of Realism – 14th Annual Juried Exhibition“, Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia, USA 2019
  • „International Guild Of Realism – IGOR 2019 Winter Salon Online Exhibition“
  • „Tierisch“ – wildlife and animal art exhibiton with works of Astrid Lenz and Dirk Freder, H6 in Hilden, Germany 2018
  • „Tierisch gut“ – wildlife and animal art group exhibition, Rudi Fred Linke Gallery in Münster, Germany 2014

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