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Pius Portmann

Works
List of Exhibitions

Born in Zug, Switzerland 1974. Lives and works in Zurich and New York.

In his drawings and illustrations, Pius Portmann combines various techniques and styles of painting. He is fascinated by contrasts: spraying a wall for two hours, not knowing how long his piece of work is going to survive or working in depth, on a smaller scale, in a very disciplined way for several days.

His central motif, however, is consistent and clear: he fathoms characters or "beings", be it by means of line drawing or through hyper-realistic representation; Portmann then imbeds these individual motifs and drawings within an overall ink-based image applied directly to the wall.


The result is the interplay of shapes, human beings, and lines, a surreal structure with intertwining motifs that re-appear in different ways, while fore- and background seem to merge.
For further information: piusportmann.ch

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Pius Portmann - Works

Pius Portmann - List of Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

2008
Call it what you like - Kunstcentret Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg / Denmark
fresh air smells funny - Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrueck / Germany

2007
Wakin Up Nights - de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich / Switzerland
Still on and non the wiser - von-der-Heydt Museum, Kunsthalle Barmen, Wuppertal / Germany

2006
Artrepco Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

2005
Passion des Sammelns, Sammlung Federkiel, Sammlung Reinking - Alte Baumwollspinnerei Halle 14, Leipzig / Germany
Absolut Rasberry, Live painting - Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich / Switzerland

2004
Gezeichnet Graffiti - Kunsthalle Darmstadt / Germany

2003
Rik Reinking Collection - Ernst Barlach Museum, Hamburg / Germany

2002
Global Graffiti Art - Gallery Anne Moerchen, Hamburg / Germany
Le graffiti dans tous ses etats - Taxie Galerie, Paris, France

2001
Urban Discipline 2001 - Postsortierhalle Stephanplatz, Hamburg / Germany

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