Redl at work, graffiti street art

REDL /   Patrick Wehrli

Switzerland 1969

Street Art, Graffiti, Murals, Design

Patrick Wehrli
August 23, 2015

Patrick Redl Wehrli, known simply as REDL, is a Swiss street artist, graphic designer and illustrator, best known for his powerful graffiti works that can be spotted throughout Switzerland.

Redl - Redleon, 2012, painting, contemporary art
Redl – Redleon, 2012

Background and Education: REDL’s Street Beginnings

Born in Zurich in 1969, REDL developed a passion for drawing from an early age on. When the hip-hop culture and particularly graffiti grew in Europe during the early eighties, he was immediately fascinated by this new form of creative expression and sprayed his first painting in 1983.

Parallel to his preparatory course at the Zurich School of Arts and his vocational training as a photo retoucher, REDL further developed his graffiti skills. Breaking the barriers of the conventional, the interplay of stone, steel and colour fascinated the young artist so much that he dedicated himself completely to this exiting mix of art and illegality. In consequence, REDL became one of the main exponents of the Swiss graffiti scene in the 1990s. By traveling the world (Paris, Amsterdam to New York and Quito) he expanded his artistic horizon and met some of the most famous graffiti artists, which had a significant influence on his work. In the early 90s REDL immortalized himself as the first Swiss graffiti writer who sprayed a piece on the New York subway, the birthplace of the graffiti movement.

Redl - Need some space - Switzerland, Zurich, Duttweilerstrasse, 2015, street art, graffiti
Redl – Need some space – Switzerland, Zurich, Duttweilerstrasse, 2015

REDL’s Commissioned Work

In 1993, he founded and since then has worked as a freelance artist, graphic designer and illustrator. In the past 20 years he completed projects at home and abroad for numerous companies, public institutions and private clients. His work ranges from graffiti art in Egypt for Orascom to logo design for the Zurich biotech company Molecular Partners. Other customers include Swiss Olympic, Openair Frauenfeld, Adidas, Street Parade, the City of Zurich, Migros and many more.

Redl - The R, 2015, painting, contemporary art
Redl – The R, 2015

Exhibition History

Between 1998 and 2003, REDL regularly exhibited his works in Zurich. As of 2004, he focused on his professional independence as a graphic designer and illustrator and only created canvas paintings on request. Today, REDL is an established graphic designer, illustrator and graffiti artist with a broad base of customers. Since 2012, his works can again be found more frequently on facades and in galleries.

Patrick Wehrli aka REDL lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015UrbanXBüro Destruct, ZurichGroup
2015SUP ARTVinc-End gallery, FeldmeilenGroup
2015Grafik15Maag-Halle, ZurichGroup
2014Grafik14Maag-Halle, ZurichGroup
2012REDLMad Art, ZurichSolo
2012Grafik12Maag-Halle, ZurichGroup
2011REDL auction 20 Years of Graffiti Art and moreExil club, ZurichSolo
2009Live Painting with Gen U One Blam Blam Blam gallery, ZurichGroup
2005Flame JamSchiffsbau Halle, ZurichGroup
2004Flame JamSchiffsbau Halle, ZurichGroup
2003Vector linesMad Art, ZurichSolo
2003Vector linesPunkt1, ZurichSolo
2003Vector linesWorld's End gallery, ZurichSolo
2002Art-AttackArt-Attack galleryGroup
2000Graffiti 2000Shedhalle, Rote Fabrik, ZürichGroup
1999Graffiti 2000Shedhalle, Rote Fabrik, ZürichGroup
1995Graffiti ConventionOpenair, Rimini, ItalyGroup
1993From the streetCasino MontreuxGroup
1992Graffiti ArtPrattelnGroup
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