Carl Bretzke

Carl Bretzke


Carl Bretzke is a contemporary realist oil painter who is known for his original compositional choices, realistic light effects, and diversity in subject matter, ranging from plein air landscapes to more complex city scenes, often after dark.  The Washington Post once described his work as “simultaneously intimate and detached…The artist’s unadorned style recalls Edward Hopper and the Ashcan School.”

Carl holds an MD degree from The University of Minnesota.  His undergraduate degree is from the University of Colorado, where he also received a minor in Fine Art.  Carl has also studied extensively with nationally acclaimed plein air artist Joe Paquet.  Carl currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has been actively involved in plein air competitions throughout the country since 2010.

An extensive list of Carl’s national awards and exhibitions can be found on his website Current gallery representation and upcoming events are also included on that site.

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