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About Sam

About Sam

I was born in Thalwil (canton Zurich) on 5th March 1971 as a son of a graphic artist. My father emigrated to Venezuela before I saw the light of day. So the first half of my childhood I was raised by my mother alone. The second half I spent in a boarding school. I can say that I had a varied and interesting childhood.

 

After school I served my apprenticeship as building construction designer where my urge for creative work would be satisfied. This means I did not attend a school for applied arts or the like, sadly, but also fortunately, because of this I could stay out of any doctrine.  I don't have to create art because I have studied arts. I'm free and I paint because I want to and it's fun for me. I wonder whether you can learn arts anyway. You can. For some part. But in my opinion talent is much more important. The rest I learned myself.

 

About my paintings:

My mum gave me a distinctively anti authoritarian upbringing (it was the 1970s after all). Nothing was prohibited, there were no rules and most often I could do what I felt like. As a result my soul is looking for rules, limits and laws. This is clearly shining through in my pictures. This serves as a first explanation of my painting style. 
A second explanation is certainly my apprenticeship as a building construction designer. It's in some way jointly responsible for the geometric style of my paintings. Sometimes my pictures resemble floor plans, and the laminar fragmentation reminds of rooms, painted in layers or, to keep the analogy, storeys. 
seem to attract me magically. The unbroken fascination to the arguably only Swiss contribution to international art history, “the concrete art” (also known as the good form or Neo-Geo), is the third reason. The evident structures and stern rules inherent to the Concrete ArtH. Arp who coined the expression, Richard P. Lohse, Camille Graeser, Max Bill, but also Johannes Itten and Paul Klee, all Swiss artists, and of course Piet Mondrian were founders and best known exponents of the Good Form. The concrete art, also known as Swiss concrete, had its influence all over the world up to these days. 
Max Bill was the first to publish some programmatic texts in the 1930s. In 1936 he wrote: “Concrete composition evolves out of its own means and laws without the need of deriving them or borrowing from exterior phenomenon’s. Optical composition is therefore based on colour, form, light and motion”.  
Even though my pictures can hardly be denominated as concrete art, the same principles rule, and its influence is highly visible. You could call my style free form for instance. My motifs arise out of spontaneity, of creativity of the moment, out of spirit. I am happy of anybody who reinterprets my pictures or who aesthetizes them from a whole new point of view. One may screen, ask, challenge, criticise, or simply be happy about it. As soon as my pictures provoke a reaction, the aim is reached. It's as simple as that. 

Free your mind!

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