Sascha Braunig, Untitled, Icy Spicy, (detail), photo credits Fast co design

Sascha Braunig

Surrealism, Painting

March 16, 2015

Sascha Braunig, born in 1983, is a Canadian artist who combines vibrant color and a hypnotic style in her paintings and drawings. She holds a BFA from The Cooper Union, New York, and an MFA in painting from Yale University.

Her work is mainly focusing on portraits, characterized by surrealistic approach and luminescent abstraction. Flaring with reflected color, they are iridescent beings whose very skin seems to be a source of psychic power. Foreground, background, and figure often merge, as if the subject is expanding into, yet also constrained by, the frame of the painting. In dream-like scenes, where repetition and patterning are foregrounded, Braunig’s figures emit an extrasensory glow.

She uses different shapes that are painted over the face, for example diamonds, circles, spheres, but the geometrical forms are not the main feature of her compositions. The compositions are full of undefined, abstract shapes, depersonalizing the subject matter. She embellishes mannequin heads with stripes, reflective materials, sequins and lights them dramatically. As a result, the figures turning to be masks of an unknown persona, with futuristic, scientific and experimental elements. Her work exists in the territory between portraiture and relic.

Sascha Braunig has had numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the New Museum of Contemporary Art and at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

She currently lives and works in Portland, Maine, USA.