Bernhard Martin is a chronicler of everyday life. A judicious, never spontaneous recourse to, at times, the most infantile objects is typical. "The thought of arbitrariness, without actually being arbitrary is what he himself calls his program. ,I paint as others talk, Martin concludes.

"I am interested in worlds, islands, cabinets of curiosities, biotopes, colliding opposites, ergo daily life",  is how Martin describes the intention of his work, which forms a fascinating subsystem to real phenomena. "Many pictures are like vortexes, drawing in the viewer’s gaze", as Daniel Völzke once remarked in ZEITmagazin (19/2008).