WES 21 /

REM0

LIENHARD 

SCHWARZMALER

 

Contemporary Art / Murals / Illustration


CV

WES 21 / REMO LIENHARD

 

1989               Born in Bern, Switzerland

1995 – 2007   Primary & Secondary School in Biel

2007 – 2010   School of Art & Design / SfGB-B, Switzerland

since 2010      Artist and freelance Illustrator


ABOUT

„Skillfully blending reality and fiction, humor and serious topics, nature and industry, WES21's art world is overwhelmingly creative and distinctive. The unique pictorial language of this Swiss-born artist never fails to leave a strong impression on the viewer. The artist has long made a name for himself beyond the national borders, with exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Berlin and Moscow and a strong presence in the mural scene across the globe. 

 

Never lacking imagination, WES has an ability to astonish the viewer with his motifs and the incredible precision in the execution of his works. Pairing harmonious compositions with this unique imagination, he creates hybrid and unreal creatures come alive and impossible constructs real, stirring the viewers’ soul and making them think. In this destructive and conflicting combination of nature and industry that depicts a dystopian future, the artist’s great sense of humor prevails. Designed with a rare combination of spray paint, acrylic, and oil, his work is full of ambiguities and opposite dimensions. Combining everyday imagery with fantasy elements, there is a certain intricacy to his work. Characterized by harmonious visual composition and color palette, his canvases are executed with almost scientific accuracy, showing his sharp-eyed observation and the environment analysis.

 

Born in Biel, Switzerland as Remo Lienhard, WES has started artistic endeavors in 2001 when he began to take an interest in painting. After graduating from College of Art & Design in Biel, the artist became a freelance illustrator and designer, engaging in such projects as large scale murals, canvases and 3D sculptures, adding an unpredictable side to what’s typically expected of street artists. He is part of SCHWARZMALER, a collective of outstanding street artists, and illustrators. Successfully capturing a moment, whether real or imaginary, his detailed works are unquestionably stunning in nature, taking us to an artistic world unlike no other. He is constantly working on developing his unique visual language wich separates his work from the rest.“

 

 - Text by Nadja Zeller, Art Historian



SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 _ WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE | SOON Gallery Zurich, Switzerland

2016 _ METAPHYSICS | Whitewalls Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2015 _ OUTSIDE THE BOX | SOON Gallery Zurich, Switzerland

2013 _ HUNGRY EYES | SOON Gallery Bern, Switzerland

2012 _ APPETITE | SOON Gallery Zurich, Switzerland 

2008 _ INTERMEZZO | Gallerie Quellgasse 3, Biel, Switzerland 

 

Group Exhibitions

2017 _ URBAN NATION MUSEUM  | Permanent collection exhibition | Museum of urban contemporary art, Berlin DE 

2017 _ URBAN NATION MUSEUM | Pre-opening exhibition | Museum of urban contemporary art, Berlin DE 

2016 _ ARTMOSSPHERE BIENNALE MOSCOW | Curated by Urban Nation | Moscow, Russia

2016 _ POW! WOW! | Honolulu Museum Art School | Curated by Thinkspace Gallery | Hawai’i, USA

2015 _ BROTHERHOOD | Jonathan Levine Gallery | Curated by Yasha Young | New York City, USA

2015 _ IMPACT | 1975 Gallery, Rochester | Curated by Urban Nation | NY, USA 

2015 _ URBAN SPACE | Kirk Gallery | Aalborg, Denmark

2015 _ JUNGKUNST CONTAINER MUSEUM | Winterthur, Switzerland

2015 _ NEW LANDSCAPES | SOON Gallery | Bern, Switzerland

2014 _ GROUP SHOW | Art Whino Gallery | Washington DC, USA

2013 _ OPENING EXHIBITION | SOON Gallery, Bern, Switzerland

2012 _ VERYCONTEMPORARAY 12 | Culture Center PROGR, Bern, Switzerland

2012 _ RENAISSANCE NOW! | Chimera-Project Space, Budapest, Hungary

2011 _ ARTYOU | Basel, Switzerland

2011 _ ARTMANEGG | Warehouse Manegg, Zurich, Switzerland

2011 _ VERYCONTEMPORARY 11 | Culture center PROGR, Bern, Switzerland

2010 _ WALLUME | Artacks, Bern, Switzerland

2010 _ SWISS URBAN SALON | Budapest, Hungary

2010 _ JUNGKUNST | Winterthur, Switzerland

2010 _ INCIDENT IN BUDAPEST | Schwarzmaler | TeleP, Budapest, Hungary

2008 _ ARTIG | Basel, Switzerland 

 

Mural Projects

2016 _ ICELAND AIRWAVES | Wes21 x Onur | Curated by Urban Nation  | Reykjavîk, Iceland

2016 _ DEPTHS | Kkade x Wes21 x Onur | Curated by The Trace Gallery | Zürich, Switzerland

2015 _ ARTBASEL MIAMI| | Wes21 x Onur | „Sea Walls“ By Pangea Seed x Urban Nation | Miami, USA

2015 ONE WALL PROJECT | Wes21 x Onur | Presented by Urban Nation | Berlin, Germany 

2015 _ WALLTHERAPY | Wes21 x Onur | Presented by Urban Nation | Rochester, NY, USA

2015 _ OUT IN THE OPEN  | Wes21 x Onur | Presented by Kirk Gallery | Aalborg, Denmark 

2015 _ AAC | Arhuus Art Convention | Wes21 x Kkade x Semor | Arhuus, Denmark

2014 _ RICHMOND MURAL PROJECT | Wes21 x Onur | Richmond, USA

2014 URBAN NATION GALLERY | Wes21 x Onur | Berlin, Germany

2014 _ SNEAKERNESS | Schwarzmaler x Onur | Zürich 

2013 _ ELEMENTI SOTTERRANEI | Wes21 x Onur x Kkade x Semor | Gemoa del Friuli, Italy

2013 _ LAC| Laboratorio Actividades Criativas | Wes21 x Onur | Lagos, Portugal

2013 _ SAVE 5 POINTZ | Wes21 x Onur x Kkade x Semor | New York City, USA

2012 _ FAKT| Wes21 x Onur | Basel, Switzerland 

 

ARTFAIRS

2014 _ STROKE ARTFAIR | Munich, Germany (SOON Gallery)

2012 _ STROKE ARTFAIR | Munich, Germany (SOON Gallery)

2012 _ BLOOOM ARTFAIR | Cologne, Germany (SOON Gallery)

2012 _ STROKE ARTFAIR | Munich, Germany (SOON Gallery)

2011 _ STROKE ARTFAIR | Berlin, Germany (SOON Gallery)

2011 _ STROKE ARTFAIR | Munich, Germany (SOON Gallery)

 

CLIENTS

- Aroma 

- Camel

- Chesterfield

- Equal Visual Productions AG

- ETA Swatch Group

- FreyFrey AG

- Gassman AG

- Gilgen Door Systems AG

- Globus

- Julius Baer

- Kool Savas

- Manillio

- New Balance

- Pharoahe Monch

- Plaza Zürich

- RailCare

- Reitschule Bern

- Reebok

- Royal Arena Festival

- Samy Deluxe

- SFGB-B

- SRF 

- Swisscom

- Volvo