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Ernesto Baltiswiler, Åland Islands 
Portrait by Arvid Baltiswiler

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“What is one to do in a world so utterly confused and violent? I try to create new paintings and not repeat the same old pattern. I become often deeply serious when I’m confronted with the chaos in our world, the uncertainty, warfare and destruction. Every new painting is extremely difficult for me to create. I need a lot of passion, freedom and openness but most importantly peace to do so. The idea is that each painting should be a light that can never be put out, a symbol for love, beauty and compassion. Bringing change for a new world today and not waiting for tomorrow. To move forward without fear or violence whatsoever. ”

Ernesto Baltiswiler, Seglinge- June 15, 2017

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born January 2, 1961 in Glarus, Switzerland

1982 School of Visual Arts, New York

1983 – 1987 Staatliche Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf

“At that time it was quite a unique mixture of teachers and students at the art academy in Düsseldorf: Gerhard Richter was teaching as a professor in painting. Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Schütte and Katharina Fritsch were students. You could meet Joseph Beuys in the corridor, including professors like Nam June Paik, Tony Cragg, Jürgen Partenheimer, Michael Buthe, A.R. Penck and many more. Markus Lüpertz was the principal and Jörg Immendorff celebrated his 40th birthday in the “Ratinger Hof”, his former teacher Beuys was there. Fischli & Weiss were guest teachers…all of this after being in New York City where Keith Haring just left the School of Visual Arts that I entered. The whole subway was full of his black and white graffiti. Jean-Michel Basquiat painted in his studio. I met Andy Warhol at P.S.1 where he took a picture of me wearing a sweater that I had designed and I visited Robert Frank and his wife June several times very privately in their downtown apartment.” 

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Stockholm 1991
Portrait by Snezana Vucetic Bohm

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First solo gallery show at Wilma Lock in 1989.

Baltiswiler has exhibited with artists like Jürgen Partenheimer, Erwin Wurm, Imi Knoebel, Franz West, Franz Erhard Walther, Bernard Frize, Stephen Westfall, Beat Zoderer and Daniel Zimmermann.

Exhibitions at Wilma Lock, Bob van Orsouw, Elisabeth Kaufmann, Kunsthaus Glarus and Schloss Wolfsberg.

1998 Baltiswiler abruptly stopped painting, taking a longer time-out as an artist in order to learn more about life, art and nature. Raising his two sons, Arvid (*1997) and Anund (*2000), completing a four year long education as a biodynamic farmer without ever practising this profession, and finally retreating on a small fishermen island where he continues to paint again.

Born and raised in Switzerland Baltiswiler spent most time of his life abroad, living in the US, Germany, the West Indies, Sweden and the Åland Islands.

Today Baltiswiler lives and works as an artist in Seglinge, a little fishermen island within the Åland Islands in the middle of the Baltic Sea and sometimes in Wilderswil near Interlaken, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, with a famous view of the mountains Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Nature, silence, quiet, simplicity, aloneness, freedom and meditation are now his challenges, the opposite to his New York City experience as a young artist.

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 Stockholm 1996
Portrait by Romeo Polcan

© 2018 Ernesto Baltiswiler

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