A Swiss contemporary artist, Albrecht Schnider works in painting, drawing and small-scale sculpture. His works feature abstract, organically and geometrically shaped fields of color that are superimposed onto monochrome backgrounds.
Born in 1958 in Lucerne, Schnider has been living and working in Berlin, Germany since 1966. He graduated from the Hochschule für Gestaltung and the University of Bern in 1987. He exhibited at Kunstmuseum Luzern, Kunsthalle Bern, Helmhaus Zürich, Kunsthalle Bremen, Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, andMuseum Wiesbaden, among others. His work is included in numerous public collections, including those of the Kunsthaus Zürich, the Kunstmuseum Bern, the Kunstmuseum Luzern, the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, the Kupferstichkabinett Berlin, Schering Stiftung, Berlin, and Swarovski, Wattens, Austria. He holds professorship at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern.
Schnider's works are products of a spontaneous, intuitive process that includes meticulous planning, rigorous structuring, organizing and executing. His paintings take as their source the delicate explorations of shifting planes and geometric forms found in the artist’s drawings. His unique visual language oscillates between abstraction and figure, abundance and absence of meaning, closeness and distance. Overlapping these planes of color and negative space, the artist toys with our sense of perception.
Featured image: Albrecht Schnider - Untitled, 2017-2018 (detail). Acrylic paint on canvas. 60 1/5 × 42 9/10 × 2 3/10 in. 153 × 109 × 5.8 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Mai 36 Galerie