Joseph Klibansky

South Africa 1984

Sculpture, Surrealism, New Media Art

Joseph Klibansky
Joseph Klibansky
South Africa
February 4, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Joseph Klibansky ia a new media artist born on 1984 in Cape Town, South Arfica. Klibansky’s main points of departure are architecture and the city, particularly the accelerated, compressed and densely populated urban environments of the 21st century that he smoothly grades into what seems to be a possible glimpse of the future.

Joseph Klibansky grew up in a creative and internationally-oriented environment. In his teens, he became fascinated by the possibilities offered by computer art and digital imagery. He started to merge hundreds of images into powerful compositions, enhanced by computer artwork and often combined with a variety of painting techniques.

The young artist soon developed his own distinctive style, which fascinates art galleries and collectors the world over: innovative creations in bright colours. “When you see my work, you immediately get a positive vibe”, he says. Joseph Klibansky graduated at a Dutch business school, but soon decided to follow his great passion: art. He is one of the youngest professional artists in the contemporary international art scene. Inspired by such topics as city’s, fashion, design, modern architecture, and music, he is constantly bubbling with ideas for new works of art. Or, as he puts it: “It is my life. When I am not sleeping, I am thinking about art!”

The often-perceived soothing prettiness of Klibansky’s work can be experienced as positively numbing the senses of the viewer.  An image that in first instance looks harmless and merely pretty is actually a smoke curtain for the real matter at hand, an open mind can attempt to peel back the multi coloured layers of eye candy and distil the core of the message.

Artist makes large-scale, idealistic digital paintings that are built up through hundreds of layers of photography enriched with acrylic paint on archival cotton paper overlaid with a liquid resin. His work conveys a layering and compression of time, space and place creating new narratives by creating dreamy images of cities, combining past and future, with a dramatic dynamism that for the artist becomes a way of signifying his perception of the rapidly changing digital culture as well as suggesting an unravelling of his personal biography.

A work of art by Klibansky usually consists of 300 to 600 different images that, in combination, produce a new, intriguing and dynamic world. They are frequently surrealistic, contemporary, brightly coloured and in large format. Large cities form a recurrent theme in his oeuvre and Klibansky composes his own dynamic versions of these urban landscapes. In his work, he uses a mixture of computer art, graphic techniques, painting techniques and digital imagery.

His method of working is highly intensive and a single work of art can easily take between 100 and 150 hours to create. Klibansky keeps working until the art piece exactly matches the composition he conceived in his mind.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Reflections of truthGallery 2CforART, SalzburgSolo
2015StudiesGallery 2CforART, SalzburgGroup
2014Art Fair KolnGroup
2014Art SalzburgSalzburgGroup
2014Art KarlsruheKarlsruheGroup
20142 Years of 2CforARTGallery 2CforART, SalzburgGroup
2013Art Stage SingaporeGroup
2013Artfair CologneGroup
2013Scope ArtBaselGroup
2013UnknownEnvie d'Art Gallery, ParisGroup
2012Feelings of NatureRed Penguin GalleryGroup
2012Art FairLondon Group
2012Urban WonderlandOlyvia Fine Art, LondresSolo
2012Art FairLille Group
2012Art HamptonsHamptonsGroup
2012Art Miami BaselMiamiGroup
2012RAW RotterdamGroup
2012Art Miami BaselMiamiGroup
2011Joseph KlibanskyRize GallerySolo
2011Art LondonLondonGroup
2011Art ChicagoRize GalleryGroup
2011Art ParisRize GalleryGroup
2011Art FairLille Group
2010UnknownSeven Seventy Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2010UnknownEnvie d’Art Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2009UnknownArt Club gallery, ParisGroup
2009Affordable art FairBrusselGroup
2009Affordable art FairAmsterdamGroup
2009Art FairLille Group
2009UnknownArt Club gallery, Brussel, BelgiumGroup
2009Art and Antique fair’s HertogenboschGroup
2009UnknownJonas Gallery, Brussel, BelgiumGroup
2009UnknownBrussel Lounge Art Club Group
2009UnknownGalerie Pierick Touchefeu, Seaux, FranceGroup
2009UnknownGeneve BAFA foto gallery, Geneva, SwitzerlandGroup
2009UnknownGalerie Hurtebize, Cannes, FranceGroup
2009UnknownGalerie du Pharos Saint RemyGroup
2009Les petits Ponds des Arts galerie l’Isle sur La Sorgue, FranceGroup
2009UnknownAmac gallery, La Baule, FranceGroup
2009Open Art FairUtrechtGroup
2009Docks Art FairLyon Group
2009Slick Art FairParis Group
2009Art ElyseesParis Group
2009St’Art StrasbourgGroup
2009Art LondonLondonGroup
2009Scope BaselMiamiGroup
2008UnknownGalerie Paris Art Club, Paris, FranceGroup
2008UnknownGalerie Paris la Cinquieme, Paris, FranceGroup
2008Primavera Art Fair RotterdamGroup
2008Open Art Fair UtrechtGroup
2008Design Fair Amsterdam Group
2008Affordable Art Fair AmsterdamGroup
2008Line Art FairGent, BelgiqueGroup