Nadja Aellig, born 1980 in Liestal, Switzerland, studied textile design and art education in Lucerne and Basel. In her artistic work she uses different media to condense atmosphere by combining inner and outer images. In an intuitive process and a gradual development of form, she approaches the visibility of the inner image. Recurring themes in her work are vulnerability and fragility.
Her many years of involvement with contemporary dance have shaped her perception and also influence the content of her artistic work. For example, movement qualities and sensory impressions are inspiration for her visual research. In her work she explores the space between inner and outer landscapes, between the body and the space surrounding it.
Acqua e Sale
Tiffany Goldstein is a young, self-taught painter based in Geneva.
Her artist's name, Acqua e Sale, alludes to the influence of the Italian culture in which she was raised. Growing up in an environment filled with strong, proud women, she adopted the role of an observer, almost an admirer of these female figures.
The bodies she portrays, with their generous curves that sometimes transcend anatomical norms, convey emotions that she could sense in her elders even before fully understanding them. Love, nostalgia, the relationship with oneself, and one's reflection were all emotions she found in these bodies that couldn't be contained.
Today, it's her turn to experience womanhood, a concept in constant evolution. Through her art, she aims to decipher her own place in this ongoing journey, creating a visual dialogue that encourages the viewer to contemplate the infinite nuances of feminine identity and personal growth.
Hailing from London and having lived in Paris, Mexico City, and Berlin, Le Visage is currently based in Basel. With deep roots in graffiti culture, Le Visage has seamlessly transitioned from the bustling streets of creative expression to the serene canvas of fine art. His guiding mantra, "Ask for forgiveness, not for permission," has become both a fundamental principle and an artistic creed.
Le Visage draws inspiration from topography, maps, decay, and damage. These subjects transcend mere visual elements; they serve as reflections of the capriciousness of nature and the unpredictable forces that he consistently seeks to honor. Additionally, they provide insights into humanity's innate drive to alter and transform our surroundings. His artistic technique is in a perpetual state of evolution, mirroring the ever-changing urban landscape that surrounds us.
Le Visage channels the raw energy of the streets and the unpredictable essence of aerosol into creations that are more than just paintings; they are windows into his method of processing thoughts and emotions. His canvas serves as a mirror, reflecting the continuous development of his technique. He is relentless in pushing boundaries, shifting perspectives, and nurturing artistic growth.
Rama is a curator and artist working with multiple media; painting, drawing, printing, installation and performance. She is living and working in Basel, Switzerland, grew-up in England with Indian
roots. In 2013, she completed her Foundation Art and Design Course at the Basel School of Design (SfG) and thereafter started a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design, at the higher school (HGK) also in Basel. After her studies, she engaged in a diverse number of art projects, working with her teachers and peers. In 2018, she joined the Haus Oslo Ateliers Artists Cooperative from which she created and managed many art exhibitions in the Basel area, with the beginnings of small inter-cultural a project in Delhi, India. The motto that she is working towards is ‘Cultivating Culture Inter-culturally’ between Basel, India and beyond. She has gained recognition and support from the city of Basel and Atelier Mondial.
Rama has had many years of experience as a computer scientist working in larger organisations and made a switch to a less hyper-capitalistic life, running solo and group art exhibitions to represent the views of one and many through her work. She is delighted to represent a multitude of perspectives with the topics that she engages in. Some of her works have been purchased by private collectors and renowned members of society, locally and internationally.
In her projects, she combines her interests in nature, spirituality and yoga, with logic and reasoning. She depicts motifs on smaller and large scales, painting and using different surfaces, reusing and up-cycling materials that exist around her.
She likes the symbolisms of death and rebirth, creation, existence and destruction. She is working with the idea that energy can neither be created nor destroyed and that it can only change form.
She celebrates figurative and abstract expressions and likes to integrate totality, partiality and nothingness in her works. She enjoys the explorations of systems and sub-systems, their inter connectivities, interactions and disconnects. Rama is fascinated by the many possibilities that Advaita Vedanta brings forth.
Tomoko is a painter and Installation artist, living and working in Chiba, Japan. In 1996 she completed Master's Degree Course, Graduate School of Tama Art University (MFA) and in 2002 she received the 17th Received the 17th Holbein Scholarship Grant. In 2003 she was selected in the 6th Art Documents Support Program by SHISEIDO, then in 2019 she was an Artist-in- Residence at Atelier Mondial, Basel, Switzerland.
Tomoko has a many year of experience as a painter and a long portfolio of solo, group exhibitions as well and her works being part of public collections and being involved in many other illustrative works.
She creates oil paintings from motifs of nature, such as plants or rivers on huge canvases, or paints on panels which have been cut in the shape of the motif, using these to produce installations within an exhibit space.
She paints plants and rivers, plants symbolize life and rivers symbolize death. They are all connected in the same circle, reincarnation.
Roya Noorinezhad, born 1986 in Savadkouh, Iran, 2006-2011 she studied photography (BA) at Tehran University, Faculty of Fine Arts. 2014-2018 she studied "photography studies and practice" (MA) at Folkwang University of the Arts Essen. 2015-2017 DAAD Study Scholarships in the Fields of Fine Art. 2019 "Atelier Galata" scholarship in Istanbul. 2020 "Two Roots" residency for artists from Germany and Ukraine, Cultural Centre Gedankendach. 2022 INITIAL 2, New Cooperation’s Special Grant “Akademie der Künste Berlin”. She is currently artist in residence at the “Bartels foundation” in Basel.
The works of Roya Noorinezhad have been exhibited in museums and galleries such as Folkwang Museum (UG), Essen (DE), Frauenmuseum, Bonn (DE), SANAA Building, Essen (DE), Künstlerhaus, Dortmund (DE), Kunstraum Tosterglope, Lüneburg (DE), Gold and Beton, Cologne (DE), Silk Road Gallery, Tehran (IR), CIAM, Toulouse (FR), Ackermannshof, Basel (CH), Kunstraum Walcheturm Zurich (CH), Neubad, Lucerne (CH), La Voirie, Biel (CH), PROGR, Bern (CH).
Duilio A. Martins
Duilio is a Brazilian artist with a diverse background in photography, sculpture. He was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1981.
In 2002-2003, he pursued his Photograph Studies at Emerson College in England, followed by Sculpture studies at the same institution from 2004 to 2007.
After completing his studies, Duilio lived in Paris and Norway before moving to Switzerland in 2010. In Switzerland, he established himself as a freelance artist, specializing in Fine Art photography and sculpture. In addition to his artistic practice, he is also a teacher, sharing his knowledge and expertise with others.
He serves as a Guest Lecturer at the Visual Art School Basel and AfaP (Artistic Foundation of Further Education), Furthermore, Martins is a Photographer Instructor at the Swiss Photo Club.
Due to his talent and creativity, his works have gained recognition and can be found in various private collections as well as in public spaces and institutions, further solidifying his presence in the Swiss art scene.
Agnieszka Kuntzmann (born 1986) is a Swiss based artist of Polish origins. Her work is characterized by an interest in perception of consciousness, concept of circulation and embodiment. She sees every Self as a vehicle to another form. Metamorphosis as an
autonomous and absolute act of infinite movement. She searches for this metamorphosis and often experiments with materials that are the subject of natural phenomena of transmutation, like water, salt, minerals, ashes. Her abstract and semi figurative paintings,
inspired by the practice of self-awareness and connecting with nature, evoke archetypes that are buried deep in the collective subconscious.
Agnieszka's studio is located in a remote valley near Basel, Switzerland. She holds
Bachelors and Master of Arts in Philosophy and Communication.
Arlo Jake Lagmay
Arlo Jake Lagmay was born in The Philippines and has a Bachelor’s Degree and License in Architecture. At age 5, he learned by himself how to pronounce the word “Idea”. “I never realized it would take me so far. Perhaps, that was one of the reasons why I love to create something out of nothing as well as learn various languages, culture and travel to different countries in Europe, Asia and North America.
But even long before becoming an Architect, I know I was already an Artist. It was just recently I decided to spend more time creating, to water the emerging artist inside me once more.” artist states.
Despite various styles of art styles and niches, he wanted to challenge the extremities by merging opposite ideas or principles, from painting feminine and masculine, using abstract and imaginative figurism, up to judgmental and reassuring faces. Most especially, Arlo knows that blending the dry gouache with a forgiving oil paint would result unvarnishable art pieces that might even get brittle and pale as time goes by, but he managed to depict the clearest “observer-relative” images of chaos and order, merged together. After all, that is the purest form of reality.
Borbala is most known for her loosely abstracted figurative works, which include the use of oil paint, oil pastels, acrylic, watercolor, and ink. The combination of mediums allows Eszteri to experiment with intense and highly customized colors and effects, Bringing to life her personal experiences.
Borbala was born in Pécs, Hungary in 1993. After graduating High School in Pécs, she moved to Budapest where she attended the Forrai Art School to study fashion and design. She was working in the fashion industry for a few years after graduation. In 2019, Eszteri moved to Switzerland due to a job opportunity, where she currently resides in Kanton Zürich. Borbála did not paint on canvas until the 2020 lockdown hit. The chaotic situation during the lockdown inspired her to return to art and display her feelings on canvas. She identifies herself as a semi self-taught artist as she did not study painting, although she took drawing lessons at the fashion school where she attended. She learned and is still learning painting in a self-taught way.
Maëlle Gourlan (Azurasma as her Artist name) is a French & Irish textile designer, painter, experimental fashion artist and performer. Exploring the diversity of Artistic tools to reach aims: Her intention is to bring a comforting sense of well-being and peace while entering in contact with the creations. Striving for balance and harmony during the work process. She cares on the amount of fun collected while creating and how much the wearer / buyer can feel comfortable. Her wish is that the wearer feels a deeper
connexion with her/his inner femininity and inner child by empowering themselves through Art. Her use of handcrafting techniques is taking time to create in a playful and intuitive way striving for a more conscious state of making garments and Art. It is tactile, you are close to it. There is a personal bond between the
creator and it’s creation, it’s precious, a bubble, a safe space for liberation of creativity. Leading her to come closer to the intention of bringing comfort to the wearer. The quality of her design process is the use of meditation which helps focusing on the aim, value and quality of the product. A sense of memory is developed through the time spent on it building value.
The second aim is to bring the best experience to the other through the use of colors, the quality and choice of materials mainly wool, living a space for spontaneous acts through performances including the audience directly.
Azurasma is striving to reach a large community inclusive for all. Creating adaptable, comfortable clothes and
Kafka Outsiderart Studios
"I was already interested in the visual arts as a child and was allowed to spend a lot of time in the museums. I never had the artistic vein you needed for painting (so I thought) until it started out of the blue sky. Unfortunately I was not allowed to enjoy a beautiful childhood and this left deep traces. When I arrived at one point that was unknown to me until then I decided to refer to my feelings, inner worlds, wishes and everything the human soul needs on paper. Put it on the screen. I then got a brush set shortly afterwards and started painting. When I started painting something happened (which I only knew from my near death experience as a child) and was immediately in the subconscious world of my soul. It was like a transcendental meditation. When I came to “to me” stood in front of me 4 canvases full of colors that I smeared on it. The result moved me so that I was mocking inside my core, which was my purpose to deal with myself in this way. After this experience I started to visit painting courses in 2017 and read into art literature. I do not want to be “grinding” institutions in art, but rather let everything be as raw and authentic as possible. Art is my way of life for me, my space where I can be myself in order to love and heal myself."
Driven by the exciting curiosity of his inner child, the tendency to blot himself like a scatterbrained painter, with the unstoppable urge to follow the seductive voice of creativity
and a very, very, very deep attachment to chimpanzees and the rest of the animal world,
Dumdi illustrates the big wide world around him.
He is not a man for long speeches and thus prefers to let his works speak for themselves.
Voila, open your eyes and have fun!
Juliette Lepage Boisdron
Juliette Lepage Boisdron was born in Paris and holds a Master Degree in History of Art from Sorbonne University. Her travels around the world from earliest childhood has left a distinct mark upon her work. She grew up in exotic and contrasting countries, offering a way to travel intellectually and emotionally.
North China, U.S.S.R, Abu Dhabi, Pondicherry, New York, Lisbon, Paris,Singapore and Basel have been her “home” at different stages of her life. Her a professional career is therefore quite eclectic.
Juliette paints with acrylic and Indian ink on paper or cardboard. Her creations speak about love, human relationships, the place of women in the society, motherhood, relationships between man and nature. There is no hierarchy; humans, animals, plants,
they all have the same dignity of existence. Juliette has had international success, with her works exhibited across the globe;
including Singapore, U.S, France, and Switzerland where she currently resides.
Magdalena Wesołowska born in 1981, she graduated from the University of Silesia in Katowice in Poland. Painting in the studio of Prof. Tadeusz Rus. with a diploma in 2007.
Color, intuition, emotions, those are the main features of her painting, where color and playing with it are a visible spectrum and can be used at any time and on any surface on which she creates. By painting, Magdalena creates a new, unimaginable space within herself. The emotions of her inside emanate on the canvas. “I take the recipient and myself to other abstract worlds to experience peace, soothing colors emanating with beauty and pulsating with life,” Magdalena says.
Jerusa currently based in Zurich and originally from Porto, Portugal, she graduated in fine arts from the Escola Artística do Porto. During the past years, she has been exploring different mediums from painting to videoart, giving her the opportunity to exhibit internationally in various contexts and places, including Portugal, Italy, Saudi Arabia, England, Greece, Spain and most recently USA. Her approach to painting is based on daily personal experiences, reoccurring emotions and memories. In her process, naive drawings often emerge from abstract backgrounds which were created devoid of pre-existing ideas, allowing her to embrace painting as an act based on spontaneous movements and intuitive choices. Subtle, informal lines give shape to ordinary objects assembled with human figures, reproducing familiar visual signs as well as strangeness. All her work, regardless of the medium, consists of reconstructing the connection between symbols and meaning, using abstract and figurative forms, color and texture in order to stimulate the viewer visually and intellectually.
born in Poland and studied artistic education in Fine Arts, Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Institute of Art Education at the Silesian University in Poland. In 2018 she completed further education in Art Therapy in Konstanz, Germany. These studies helped her return to painting after a long break. Magda "rediscovered" herself as an artist. Using different mediums such as acrylic, colored pens, and crayons allow her to choose a painting tool which mirrors the stories she wants to tell in the best possible way.
In 2018 she started to paint her "woman's world" as a therapy to overcome her own complexes and begin a path towards self-acceptance. 'I'm fascinated by the female body, because it is for me a kind of temple of wonder. I create my woman's image often with elements of nature and with relevant female notions of self-acceptance, love, and confidence" Magda says. In her painting you can see the influence from art deco or from the burlesque world. She also uses eye-catching colors as red, orange, pink, yellow to pack as much expression as possible into an image. It is her way of expressing the power and diversity of beauty in each woman.
Polish, living in Gdańsk. Certified Soul Coach, strategist, writer and painter. An entrepreneur with 10 years of experience in building brands and communication in the fashion industry. Founder of two companies, the Fashion PR Talks Business Academy and the Pop Up Grupa strategic collective. A PR specialist and literary critic by education.
For 10 years she has been professionally building brands and fashion campaigns awarded in industry competitions. She was also a consultant for business owners in the fashion industry. In 2019, she conducted a series of original workshops "Personal Strategy" on discovering a vocation and building an informed professional life.
One night in 2020, tired of the „hustle culture”, living under constant internal and external pressure and being a slave of professional status, she took a year off and began to get to know herself. Her inner search resulted in a new career path as a Soul Coach. During individual sessions and in mentoring programs, she teaches business owners, mainly from the creative industry, how to stop, let go and feel themselves again.
Javier González Ramos
Philologist and visual artist, Javier González Ramos develops his plastic and literary vision from an early age. He continues painting studies at the Taller del Prado (Madrid) and attends courses at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Complutense University, as well as various seminars given by renowned plastic artists.
This painter creates a language free of external references, a form of expression essentially based on color and shape and where his abstraction is enriched both by the intense chromaticism that he displays in his creations and by the friendly harmony of his compositions.
Javier González Ramos has collaborated in different artistic projects in Spain and is currently represented by Galería Orfila (Madrid). His work has been also exhibited in fairs and galleries in Paris and London and recently, has been a finalist in the Autumn Salon of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.
Christian Ochsner, born in 1978 in Basel, Switzerland, resides and works as a visual artist in Basel. He is a painter and illustrator who uses drawing and photography as significant sources for his work. A major portion of his body of work revolves around the theme of losing control in the artistic process.
After dedicating several years to creating grayscale paintings, he has now returned to producing colored landscapes. These landscapes have been a central focus of his work for over two decades, primarily in small formats. With his series "L" and "entre les choses," he continues to explore landscapes, with a particular emphasis on the painting process itself and the technique of painting over.
A prevailing theme in almost all of his work is longing. Longing serves as the primary driving force behind his creative endeavors, and it imparts a mixture of childlike melancholy that characterizes both him and his art.
Cédric is a Swiss photographer living in Basel, Switzerland. His upbringing in a village near Basel nurtured a profound bond with nature, alongside his passion for competitive Track & Field.
Following his studies in Biology at the University of Basel, he pursued a formal education in Photography in Baden, Switzerland.
His work combines his diverse backgrounds with his photography and merges these elements in his creations. He prefers the exclusive use of analog photography to stay immersed in the moment of
creation. Though, the fascination with both analog and digital processes, shaped by his childhood in the 2000s, also influences his art and manifests in his workflow after shooting & scanning.
Sibylle Laubscher (CH/UK, *1971) seeks to show the numinous, the spiritual and beauty in her work. Her (poetic-expressionistic) style invites you to dialogue with the work.
Laubscher is fascinated by colour (=light), form (=space), movement (=expression) and a sense of play. With these she creates pictures catching the movement of the beautiful and her aesthetic feeling.
Laubscher studied Textile Design and Design Management BSc(Hons) at The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. Moving to Vienna, Austria for work, she continued her art education studying with Zeger van Soest. As the first living artist Laubscher won the public commission for designing mugs for Schönbrunn Palace. Moving to Switzerland she completed a Fine Art course at a private art school established by artist and philosopher Martin Rabe, continuing her studies in art philosophy after the school's closure. She regularly explores new ideas via courses at the Royal Drawing School.
Laubscher has exhibited in group exhibitions in Austria (Vienna), Switzerland, Wales, Italy (Venice), USA (New York) and solo exhibitions in Austria and Switzerland. Her work is held in private collections around the world. Laubscher designs posters and stage sets for local am dram groups. She worked as a freelance writer and illustrator for a premier Swiss gardening. Laubscher painted murals in Kenya, Germany and Switzerland. Since 2018 she draws a social and political cartoon for a premium local newspaper.
Laubscher works from her atelier and exhibition space in Arisdorf, near Basel, Switzerland.
Miki Buckland is a Japanese photographer currently living in Basel, Switzerland. Before coming to Switzerland, she studied shoes design/making in London and Japan and worked in the fashion industry in Tokyo.
Photography has always been a passion for her. It is on the same creative page as an expression of designers working within boundaries.
Japan, where she was born and raised, has a lot of natural disasters because of its geographical position. Most recently, the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011, and the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident caused by the tsunami. This disaster made her think a lot more about the relationship between humans and nature.
Nature can be a great healing power for the human spirit, but it can also take away, and devastate the human world.
Humans can’t control nature.
reConvert was born as a natural extension of the percussion repertoire of the last seventy years, to become a seal of identity that rejects generic definitions and bets on a continuous work between different artists in which the questioning of the dogmas of the academy is in the foreground.
reConvert carries out activities in Europe, America and Asia, constantly evolving and questioning the uses and bets of resources, techniques and means that it carries out continuously.
The instruments, objects, elements, interfaces... are in themselves tools to reach the artistic aims that reConvert proposes, and they must be at the service of creation.
Matthieu was born in 1983 and is a visual and sound artist based in Basel and Paris.
Having studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Nantes and Concordia University in Montreal, his journey led him to invent the groundbreaking concept of ARTABLISM, merging contemporary art with turntablism to create captivating multisensory installations.
His art has been featured in prestigious exhibitions like
"Le Chant des Machines" at Gallery BS in Paris, curated by Nicolas-Xavier Ferrand, and "CCA Glasgow," curated by Frederic Mathevet.
Additionally, the "Galerie Michel Journiac, Université Sorbonne," curated by Veronique Verstraete, and "ANTRE PEAUX" in Bourges, curated by David Legrand, showcased his thought-provoking creations.
Matthieu's pioneering work has been recognized in various books, including "L'art sonore - Le son dans les arts plastiques contemporains" by Jean-Yves Bosseur, "L'art et la Lettre" by Audrey Dauxais, and "Philosophie et art numérique - Un monde extraterrestre" by Martine Bubb. With a profound impact on the intersection of art and sound, he continues to challenge artistic norms and push the boundaries of creative expression.
He has been an active member of the artist-run space Plateforme - Paris since 2018, and has been regularlycurating group exhibitions.
Natalie Corman was born in 1963 in Belgium and grew up in Canada. Natalie has exhibited in various group and solo exhibitions in Italy, Germany and Switzerland, and has collectors in many countries including the United States and Japan. She currently lives and works in Riehen, Switzerland.
"I'm fascinated by the process of creativity. Where does it come from? What drives it? Will it ever run empty? I have learned over the years that it is something you cannot force, nor guide. I'm so lucky so far that I have never run out of ideas and enthusiasm. On the contrary, I have to sometimes rein myself in and force myself to concentrate on one ( or two!) projects at a time. I am immensely grateful." artist states.
Alba De Zanet
Alba De Zanet is a swiss/italian artist and illustrator, living and working in Bern, Switzerland. Her work varies in format and ranges from abstract to concrete. Whether a graphic, an illustration, a painting or a public space mural, she creates a narrative in each artwork. While my stories differ, one constant remains: striking colors. (Ok, or Butt Berties.) Working in the field for a decade and self-employed since 2016, she also collaborates on different projects where different disciplines intertwine.
Natacha Di Nucci
Natacha, born in Basel, is a contemporary artist focused on creating works which are characteristically pure and minimalistic. Nature is the true essence of what her work is all about.
Painting and drawing have been part of her life since her youth.
Until 2008 she was self-taught and obtained her knowledge and
skills through careful observation of her environment. Driven by
the wish for more impulses from outside, new challenges and
the need to leave and extend her comfort zone, she decided
in 2015 to study Visual Art at the Visual Art School Basel.
Towards the end of the studies, the wish for a simplification and
reduction in her artistic work became more and more evident.
With her love for nature, it was obvious that she was drawn
to natural materials.
She mainly works with materials such as ink, earth pigment
and natural binders. In addition to the common brushes,
she also uses materials from nature like panicles, grasses,
and wood as her creative tools. A significant part of her creative
process is also about recycling and reusing materials.
As part of the ‘reuse’ process, she makes paper out of her
recycling paper, which she reuses in her artwork.
By creating her delicate work she is striving for inner balance
and mindfulness that she shares with her audience.
Rachel Ougier Simonin
Rachel Ougier Simonin has painted all her life: creating is a strong part of her. What she particularly loves is the magical moment when she no longer directs the brush, but the paint equally guides her. "In the end, I become one with the painting. It is an amazing feeling when the magic happens, and a part of me ends up in the canvas" she says. She had to step out of her comfort zone to become an artist entrepreneur, as she was “just” an employee before. It also takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there, to take risks and to be able to deal with the criticisms that your art triggers. «I have experienced how resilient I can be, and that it is worth trying again and again when you love what you do" says Rachel. Introvert by nature, she was also pleasantly surprised to see how many people are touched with her paintings. She has also received a lot of encouragement, good advice, and lots of laughs. “Being an artist entrepreneur gives me so much joy and energy, and makes me a richer and more authentic person,” she says with a big smile!
David Buckingham (1988) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Basel, Switzerland. He has painted Murals and exhibited works in many parts of the world. His art is a documentation of our modern society with all its paradoxes, thus it is activism through art. Increased attention is given to the relationship and symbiosis of nature and the human condition.
Adrien was born in France in 1987. With his move to Switzerland in 2012 he engaged in his first art projects. Since 2015 he lives in Basel, where he is besides studying at the Hyperwerk Basel active as an installation and performance artist.
His work is influenced by the bricolage movement, in which artists use any material they can get their hands on to create a work of art. A central element of his works is that they can be touched and experienced with all the senses.
Recently, he directed his creative interest on topics as pollution and the ecological crisis with his ‘Plastic Age Project’ that uses different materials found in the street of Basel to create precious stones.
An overarching theme in his current work is our collective legacy that we leave to future civilizations. He explores how we might better manage our waste and looks to the future, imagining that future generations might talk about our heritage as we do today about the Stone Age.
Anastasia Marfurt, born in Germany in 1992, grew up in Lucerne and has been living and working in Basel since 2017.
Her visual expression is based on the interplay of abstracted and figurative representations. Highly pigmented color tones, applied transparently in several layers, create lightness and depth in all works. The color palette remains deliberately reduced.
The originality of form and its diversity in the environment form the source of inspiration.
Her artistic intention is found in the curiosity to visualize these natural beauties and emotions with color. The harmonious composition of the picture allows the viewer's eye to linger and creates a haven of peace in everyday life.
Sonja was born in 1982 in Speyer am Rhein, currently living near Basel. She is a poet and artist and also works as an editor. She exhibited in the UK, Spain, Germany and Switzerland.
In her paintings, dark moments meet bright, warm colors, so that tensions and contradictionsbecome clear. The colors are not used in a naturalistic way, but become an expressionist means of expression. The artist seems to reach for them intuitively. The massive use of color in dense, broad brushstrokes, like ribbons, are contrasted by flowing, fine tonal transitions in the surfaces. She paints freely associating and thus creates an immediate expression. In the paintings it becomes clear that the artistic act is a well thought-out, but always at the same time deeply unconscious, impulsive expression: An inner being pushed outwards, breaks through - also in the coloring.
born in 1989 in Maras, Turkey is an actor, director and painter based
in Basel. After studying in Berlin, he joined the Tiny House movement, which brought him to long-term performances on the themes of "Living" and "Nomadic Theatre". As a curator, he staged Tiny House "Villages" and festivals. In his work, he processes the themes of spirituality, authenticity and identity in documentary films and images.
Back in Basel since 2019, he flirts with all art movements and yet he is married to painting as he says. Figures and archetypes can be discovered in his paintings, inspired by everyday life as well as memories and visions. In this way, each painting becomes a moment from a story that the painter and the viewer can tell each other in dialogue. His precisely staged actions serve as a technique for him to work with colour and form. He does not try to find answers and solutions at all, but triggers a new puzzle with each approach and uses the search movement as fuel for further paintings.
Painting moves him to new ways of dealing with abstract thinking and it helps him to give free rein to the boundless imagination of
his pictorial world.
Aleksandra's art explores the human connection and the body and mind, showcasing a fluid concept whereby the two intrinsically connect, with bold colors taking center stage.
The importance of lived experiences in artistic expression is highlighted in her work, as she immerses herself in her surroundings and embraces her own experiences to inspire her creativity. Through observation and experience, Aleksandra gains a deeper understanding of the world and the people within it, which she translates into works of art that inspire and motivate others. Her work invites viewers to engage in an open conversation surrounding topics of the body, sex, and social stereotypes. She utilizes a variety of techniques, including drawing, sculpting, photography, and textile.
is an artist from Belarus who, fleeing repression and the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, found her asylum in Gdańsk. Art is for her the highest form of existence and the last hope. It reaches for the most intense emotions, universal feelings and sensations. She always knew she was going to be an artist; however, instead of completing her studies in art, she became a specialist in French literature. Her work shows a fascination with the power of stories, multi-layered metaphors and narratives rooted in European philosophy. When asked about what it means for her to be a young Belarusian woman working in Poland, she replies: “Everything I go through has its dimension in my art. However, I try to make my art non-binary, to cross borders and to be humanistic. There are two dimensions in which I create: my personal approach and my willingness to relate it to all people around the world. After all, we all share the same desire - the desire for happiness ”
Her surreal, often dark images feature three permanent motifs: crying flowers, blue tigers and lions, multi-headed chimeras ... Crying flowers is a reference to Blaise Pascal's "thinking reed". “It's just a flower, but it has a seeing eye that is always open and therefore feels like a thinking being. He can only look, but he does not look away, ”says the artist. After moving to Gdańsk, she discovered that the city has two lions in its coat of arms ... In heraldry, a synonym for royal strength, in Rydlevska's work, blue lions, made of crying tears, are a metaphor for suffering. On the other hand, the tiger is a symbol of energy that leads to change. "This energy is like the sun," claims the artist, "you cannot say that the sun is too hot, it is beyond morality."