When did you get interested in art? And when did you realize it became an integral part of your life and personality?

The interest for painting began early in my childhood. I was very fascinated about Vincent van Gogh’s art. In my early twenties, I studied visual design and illustration, but they didn’t make me feel much. After that, I decided to study art at the university. My desire to paint, respectively pictorially to understand the world we’re living in, is like a virus, which grows with necessity, and has become, and remained, part of my life.

How did you come to your own original style in art? Where did your inspiration come from and whose paintings impressed you the most?

My personal style was found when I was nearly forty years old. Before that, I was never quite happy with the results. The whole purpose is for me to invent something new, or to go further.

The main sources of my inspiration were the French Impressionists and American photorealist painters, as well as the early works of Francis Bacon, Sigmar Polke, and Gerhard Richter.

What tools do you use to create your paintings?

The base is always a photograph. First, I reproduce a photo with the airbrush technique (photorealistic), and then switch to oil paints, glaze techniques, pointillism, or the spatula technique.

As for the notion of glitch art, could you define it in your own words?

I find this kind of art very interesting because it, again, shows new or different sequences, other moments made visible again in the picture.

What, as of late, has astonished you in the art world?

Nothing, really. For me, art has to show the whole purpose, something new visually and mentally, because I think, at the moment, there isn’t hardly anything exciting. Repetitions. Then it will return to décor.

Aside from your art, what else takes up your time?

Well, I’m teaching a little. I like to read, like to visit exhibitions, art fairs, vernissages. And I’m curious to find new trends.

André Schmucki

André Schmucki

André was born on January 31st, 1967. He received a b.f.a. in the 90s from HDK-Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. He came to preeminence in the 90s during a time when many artists, critics, and collectors were quietly championing a return to the art of painting. Upon first glance, André’s work seems to mirror the surrealists fascination with the subconscious and collective memories. However, André's transcends the initial surrealists strategies by consciously choosing subject matter loaded with cultural connotation.
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