I live in Geneva, Switzerland and am Swiss and Austrian, from Vienna; also other european origins further back. With my parents I stayed here and there for three or four years at a time, like Montreal, in the swiss mountains, Lugano (italian part of Switzerland) Los Angeles USA, Tunisia, Greece, Vienna, Rome and then settled down in Geneva that I love. I was born in 1941 so have seen and gone through lots, all registered in my mind and soul which one day needs to burst out. Then I take the brush, a knife, my fingers whatever and plunge into the canvas working until a little voice inside me says: "that's it now"!
I started painting at the age of twelve and never quite stopped. It was at UCLA, Los Angeles, where I lived for four years, that I majored in Art. They taught me to just go ahead and paint and feel free and that just corresponds my inner self and need. My work is intuitive, instinctive and talks about what moves me, sometimes recent world events, personal feelings, atmospheres, vibations through lines and the choice of colours the composition- It can be meaningful abstracts or figurative inspired images in original compositions or poetic images like atmospheres, sky and sea, snow , imagined but never copied
I only have one or two exhibitions a year here in Geneva, most of the time solo, but also in Milano and London. I also translate the images in words and am a performing poet; paintings and words with music go so well together. My work is really very personal and my hand just follows, with the varied techniques I manage, to relate what moves me or then reproduces, like a snapshot, although never copies, i have withhold in my mind.
World emotionally impacting happenings and events, pictures of natural phenomena, atmospheres
It waas during a summer when there where so many tornadoes in the USA and often images of them were shown on television. So I just felt like giving color to a huge cylone and imagined being in the center of it. I seemed obvious to me that it should be red, yellow and green surrounded by black. I love doing those quick, dynamic circles which I accentuate a little afterwards, but the first stroke must be just right, done very quickla and decisively. Asian have recognized this in my painting a fact that the practice their whole lifetime. I also wanted to represent the power and tremendous strength of this phenomena.
That year the news talked a lot about the beautiful northern lights and I felt like taking up the theme. What I wanted to show is the rapidity they swish around in the sky and the awe and wonder they provoke. So I chose strong pastel colours. I can say this now but I just got down to painting with the idea of northern lights and this is the image that came forth. I integrate something and it gushes forth, mind and hand acting together. Besides that, by itself, it's a smashing image and composition I had great pleasure painting.
It was the big news in 2014 that the first planet outside of our galaxy had been discovered by an astrophysician way up the mountain of St.Luc, in the swiss Alps, in the Valais, in a tiny typical chalet village, by his small but powerful enough telescope The man just coudn't believe it that this tiny dot on his sky should be something so extraordinary - a planet in another galaxy! So he sent out a message, asking for confirmation to all observatories in the world and next morning he got confirmation from the big Mount Palomar observator in California. Wow he had hit the jackpot! So, I wanted to depict this planet moving along in space, a space with many colorful things happening in it, moving along like on a screen and this big golden ball full of sort of lives on it, pushing along, surrounded by it's glow and a strange even space sound resounding everywhere.
I painted this when happenings in Syria really got bad, inondating the whole area with islamism and atrocities. Painted in the fury of the news.
When the world became aware in 2013 of the Lampedusa tragedy off the shores of the little italian isle of Lampedusa; people fleeing Syria's war and massacers, and drowning in the sea. Under the emotion of these events, I took the brush and the red paint tube and this cross of dripping blood came forth ...
The mangrove in Bresil: water, plants all over, muddy earth, sun trying to filter through the luxurious, entangled vegetation. Again one of those works I plunge in with the knife, quickly before it dries and give the finishing touch after here and there but hardly any in this one. The difficulty is to know when to stop.
This work was actually painted in 2011 when there were huge fires in Los Angeles that I saw years ago. So impressive! And now Fort Murray in Alberta is devastated by the flames, the homes and people's belongings...
The huge red moon, hitting you right in the eye, so low in the sky, like a huge red balloon, this is what I wanted to paint in a black sky as smooth as a laquered japanese box with nothing else. I wanted the moon to really stick out, so it is structed
Throughout history there have been moments when helping hands were needed, confidence and hope. Today in one of those moments and I wanted to represent it in a painting. These three figures almost happened by themselves and I just had to accentuate them. This sometimes happens when I paint under emotional feelings about dramatic news, the mind and heart guide the hand and a miracle happens. There is nothing intelectual or planned about it.
The horror of Fukushima. Painted when it broke out in the news
Syria's ordeal painted when it all started, the blood, the massacers, the bombs
In this oil/acrylic I wanted to show the power of oceans, a Tsunami . The huge waves crashing on water, land, everywhere, in horrid noise and bringing disaster and desolation
“Phantasmagoria in outer space. A crasy, imaginative work of what could be happening up there, swirling and floating around bringing colour and light to darkness, our darkness we forever question. Acrylic 70H/60W cm, 2cm. 2016 ”
Part of my "Our world" theme, this crasy painting is quite atypical for me but it just happened and I enjoyed painting it till the very end. What is up there, what are these worlds we eternally question, study, imagine and lend meaning to. These fantasy shapes swirling around, floating through the darkness, are somewhat linked and talking to us, bringing colour and life to the all englobing darkness, our own darkness...
This is to represent this exceptional natural phenomena, the huge red-golden moon a dark night. I felt like painting it as if on a brilliant japanese, black laquer box although not smooth but with horizontal brush strokes
When it happened painted with the émotion still fresh, to express the chaos, despair shock and many tears. Like a crying Madonna
I felt like representing the many dangerous tensions at present in our world. A tense seemingly unbalanced art work
I wanted to depict the gradual imprisonnement through specifically targetted manipulations and violence like entering into the hell of shame and silence without exit and today's women reaction, saying stop to such sick minds. an archaïsm, reason for the primitive like painted face, still present today
Vibrations through lines and choice of colours is one of my themes, object of an exhibition in 2014 in Milano and Geneva. The works may be partly structured so as to accntuate a facet of the atmosphere I want to convey. Color association is most important in arousing these vibrations.
The intense blue, sparkling winter sky, the bright yellow sun, the red bonnets and caps of kids, the early dark hours, and a vague idea of snow somewhere, undelrined by structure, or very smooth lines, those are winter colors for me here in Switzerland
Imagine getting out of the city bustel to go off to the sea on a week-end... noise, lights, stress, rush but blue sky ahead... Eagerness to get to your destination expressed through lines and colour blurring into each other
Rushing home after a week-end elsewhere everyone on the road, a flowing line of cars and lights, last red rays of sun over the parly dark countryside but illuminated green on the other side
In a train, for example, looking out of the window at the lanscape passing by at equal speed... sand hills, blue and golden, a large, calm river flowing peacefully by, some rocks along the shore ... can ou hear the sound of the train ? It is a hot country where black lives to protect from the piercing sun, a land of contrast
How to represent a hot sms sent out into the universe .... Composition, colours and the idea just came to me as an evidence
Just that idea of the sea stuck in your mind ... the rolling in little waves of the Mediterranean, the hot sand in August, the deep, heavy blue sky, nothing more but that obsession you must satisfy ...
Lines and colours to depict this specific atmosphere on the beach with a storm coming up. Structured beach
Here comes the sun.... illustration of the joy when sun and nature explode after grey and cold winter days
Imagine you've arrived at your hotel along the beach and open the window to look outside at what you've wished for. I love to paint transparencies and sometimes parts of a work structured
The moment before the first rays of the sun but already an idea of soft light chasing away the night. The very special silence before dawn just before the miracle of sunrise happens
Imagine that you are still down on the sands and looking out at the sea, going to rest like you will soon, small waves liking the sand and the night invading the last reds and yellows of sundown... this is what I wanted to portray through lines and colours
One of those windy April days although a weak sun is already there and nature is ready to turn green, the sky is not grey but turning that typical spring blue
One of those mysty days, when everything hides behind milky shreds almost hanging from the sky upon mountains and lake and silence reigns,
Summer colours vibrating, flowers in the garden under a little hot breeze, rich green shrubbery in the background, the sand with it's blue shadows, the sea with a ray of sun, and red of course and yellow and the dark olive green of marine pine trees, are a must. Expressed in lines as if you could just feel and imagine it...
This ia part of my atmospheres through lines and colour combination. A triptyque, each part different but similar globaly. I structures them heavyiy and each part is different. It's recalls the fallen leaves, the mosses, all uneven surfaces fall leaves to clean up.
First snow in november covering the mointain tops as well as sprinkling the fields with a crispy crust, last colore leaves on the trees...
This little painting is part of my structured lines and color theme, specific vibrations through an abstract form
This painting is part of my very structured lines and colors theme ,rendering a specific vibration
This is a very elaborate version of my Lines and colours theme. I wanted it to have happy colours, so chose pink and blue dégradés, with yellow highlights, adding white and beige in places
Through lines and colour this painting depicts winter atmosphere, the crisp coldness, the whiteness and a shy blue sky. promising more snow. Ane one solitary tree, like you, having a quick solitary walk, hearing the snow cracking under your boots, happy to be in this virgin exhilarating whiteness.
This work is part of my vibrations theme and I felt like keeping to various shades of green, working with several colour layers to make it a rich image, letting the material work for itself, accentuating it's diverse facets. I used the dripping technique and then worked on details.
This image is part of my theme of lines and colours assembled to create a certain atmosphere
Image of the lines and colours theme but with a figurative element. It creates of a clear, softly sunny day in the Alps or other mountains seen from a distance, maybe a lke or a river
the titile is Pure 2 because there is a Pure one; Pure because there is nothing figurative and just the pleasure of assembling only colours and only lines to achieve an effect, here of happiness, of joy
Spring's shimmerings in the gardens and parks and this seasons explosion of colors and happiness
Through liners and colors represent spring's vibrations and happiness inspired by Raffaello di Sanzio' colors . This painting receives the International Raffaello Prize 2018
Sometimes I feel like rendering a certain atmosphere, a specific time of the day or the season, the colors of a place, a specific sky in an abstract but also figurative way. Since I'm also a poet, it can also be a poetic image instead of a description in words
This image is somewhat asiatic influenced and shows water an more water running downhill. It has only two colours with s whiff of yeloow and pink here and there. It's accentuated with a very tiny pencil
The colors of the north, that light, transparent blue sky, the earth slithering into the sea, covered with moos and tundra plants, some isles emerging still in the opening ocean. It's a nice day
We had a pond just like this or almost and I just wanted to paint an idea of it, a poetic image of it's scimmering secret waters with all the mysterious life born under the surface, like tadpoles, frogs, toads, fireflies with transluscent wings, salamanders with luck and why not a crane come to have a feast.... of course the water lilies are a must
Imagine a full moon on a dark night and you want to take a swim midst this "blackness"... Contrast between black and white and nothing else... just a touch aof beige on the sand
Imagine you're in that little swiss chalet, buried in the snow, all lonely up the Alps and it's been snowing all night and day... But you're inside, in front of a warm chymney fire, eating a cheese fondue with your friends... The tries are heavy under their snow decoration and a ribbon of smoke rises in the air. You're waiting to put on your skies tomorrow to glide down the fresh snow slopes...
It was just before the Olympic games that I painted this work. I illustrates the joy, the expectation, the dynamism of sports, the excitement of the oncoming event at it's announcement
Transmission through mythology to mankind. Since animals are often used to serve as models in mythology to serve as vectors of behaviour, examples, god's lessons, punishments, graces, I used this to illustrate the subject
One of those days when the blues takes over, invading your heart, leaving you in the company of an almost sweet melancholy
This is a life's story enrolled from tranquil childhood, to the turbulences of adolescence, though to professionnal life's challenges, retirement and it's pleasures up to attaining peaceful serenity
I don't really know what title to give to this painting. It is dynamic, could be plants or under water creatures... I leave you free to discover what it means to you
It's a field of red and blue flowers with the sunny breeze swishing through them
Twylight on a lake, this special moment when the sun is gone already but still leave a souvenir. I accentuated the contrasts and underlined the outlines to render this startling hour justice.
A poetic image of this very specific, short contrasting moment of the day, expessed through lines and colors
A poetic image representing one's thoughts rising to meet our loved ones up there
This is one of my poetic images, an atmosphere painting. It's a hot summer day and a blue haze rises from the valley; only the mountain peaks can be seen arising above the blue, hot haze, blue they too as well as the sky. It's a hot blue day...
This painting shows the first snow on the montains while last autumn leaves are still on the trees and on the ground and frost in the morning on the streets
It's fall and the woods are wearing their autumn colourful costume. The path leads you into the mystery, the rich silence of deep woods... you know you're not alone ....
The wild flower growing in an interstice of rocks, amongs the vibrating green prairies of our Alps, the heart of Europe
A lakeside alpine scenery seen from the vineyards as if I were standing there for the view of the already white montains
There was a time i was so full of émotions they just spurt out of me on the canvas, sometimes even the feet, the hands and the fingers had to participate; it just happened on the spur of the moment. These are almost all oil paintings and it sure was exhilarating to walk in the paint or smear it on the canvases.
Hardl an color, more like a print with my feet in a cicular mouvement like waiting, going round and round....
On an oil background with some of my feetprints, I felt like adding full of my fingerprints like writing in the paint, having fun with it
An oil painting representing that awful, terrifying event that happened one without notice, like a big red and yellow fireball bringing on darkness, falling in on you.
Whenever you are boiling of emotions
This painting just had to be thrown on canvas while under the strong emotional status I was in, arisen by antagonistic discussions on major political votations. It is part of one oy my major themes : World Events that mark me and are painted immediately, the emotion being the only guide
This was painted when the news came out about that beserk car mowing down people on Nizza's Promenade des Anglais. I grabed the canvas and threw the paint on it and ... a sad face appeared... So, I elaborated the people's feelings and all the chaos and despair and the many faces in tears and later sorrow.....
Feet and finger painting.. an urge to implicate the body iun this oil and acrylic painting. Feet walking amongst the colored autumn leaves that are like tips of fingers floow down
Sometimes I like to paint an abstract but there is always somekind of meaning behind it, to which there is a link in the present or past. It's mainly the pleasure of painting and the pressure it excerts to pass to action without any preconceived idea.
This painting started as a complete abstract, without any preconceived idea, except the pleasure of painting. As there are several layers of paint and the consequent irregularities, layer after layer and scratching produced a pointilism effect and shimmering effect. I accentuated an upward mouvement of white, that is light which led me to the title, corresponding to my life-moto I always come back to.
As if looking into the future to see what our lives would look like in a big metropolis like New York... Even more people rushing around, more lights, more fast trains, more noise, an even more dynamic life
On a red-hot whirling background representing our todays active world and minds, forever searching for excellence, I found this way to represent thoses many ideas cropping up like lots of pop-ups, in our minds, one brilliant one in particular, although the smallest but maybe the most promising one of them all... Ideas and ideas, little lights rising constantly in our lives into the future to bring light and progress
Christmas is often a period when memories break through into the present and suddenly you dip down into all these colourful memories, like hidden behind a shimmering veil, the present retreating for a moment
This painting is a blue and white harmony of 10 shades of blue and white. It looks like a wave one has to take like in life or then an opening up towards novelty. Several faces can be detected in the white shapes at the bottom
Sometimes I feel like painting an abstract and this happens most times when I am in a specific mood and like a force pushing me to paint, to take the brush and colours and go for it, let it come out, whatever it is. And then the title, since there has to be a title because Untitled does not mean anything, becomes obvious. At a certain undetermined point, Inside me, a little voice then says "now stop" and the painting is finished but I have expessed somehting, some feeling, some questioning inside me which has been given expression on the canvas
I had this idea of representing a whiff of an alluring ladie's perfume, passing by, catching the eye and calling forth desire like in the film in which Marcelle Mastroiani played a blind man fascinated by ladies perfumes
An abstract in red and black
This work was painted on a day I was stark angry and just had to get rid of some of it.... It is thick colour right out of the tube
The colours and the whole composition looks like wlaking through a japanese garden, says a japanese friend... while remembering your loved ones lips...
On on painted background, a splash of colors corresponding to my urge to flee boredom and catch happiness.
Like wings to fly off into a blue sky
An oil and a finger painting. Likefinding a way thourghout mystery in the tropics
In this portfolio, some abstracts, acrylics and oils on paper, who look good with a passe-partout and framed.
Even sufferings should be lived and recognized and not ignored. An émotion translated in colours and abstraction
A repetitive mouvement done with the finger. Oil, on paper. An emotional action painting. Things that always tend to repeat themselves
Transparencies...Light through painted glass, oil painting on paper executed with the knife.
Wind blowing In a stark blue winter sky. Acrylic abstraction to show an atmosphere
Just a fantasy finger painting
Two peonies mostly in black and white, acrylic on paper
Shimmering shadows. Acrylic abstraction on paper
When it all started, blood, battle, unrecognized war, upheaval .. black-red-yellow=death, destruction-anger-fighting
Abstraction of land suffering of drought, acrylic on paper
An abstraction, acrylic on paper SOLD
A little oil painting on paper
This is an oil on paper representation of a great emotional inner fire with red flames rising up
An abstraction oi, on paper, of autumn leaves falling from the trees
Abstract representation of the feeling of trying to get rid of a lot of stress. Acrylic on paper
Waiting like going round and round while the clock turns. I just felt like walking in the paint with this round about mouvement... maybe I was waiting for something to happen. An emotional action painting
Inspired by my mental representations of various sceneries I have seen during my life, these daydreams and nightdreams sometimes surge from inside me. It is the atmospheres, the colours, the general view that I represent and not a copied scene although they might recall a specific one
“Scenery - Daydream 1. acrylic 80 x 70 cm. 22.11.2016. An imaginary image of around Lake Geneva, it's mountains in the distance, colorful vineyards, green slopes ...It is not a copied image, like a postcard”
This is a view inspired by where I live, around Lake Geneva, it's light and colours, it's snowy, high mountains in the distance, leading to deep, green valleys its colourful wineyards and splendid views on the lake from high on the slopes, and it's beautiful lake and skyes. The picture has a somewhat fauve influence specially in the front
This painting is part of my theme of sceneries. It's like you were in the mist of a wonderful flowery summer garden, with beautiful, glowing colours all around around. It's a living picture, all in mouvement and colours, so full that ou can smell it's perfume
Sometimes I feel like representing music, until now classical, fo the great compositiors. Their most representative caracteristics
This composition is portraying the tender colorful and then suddently expanding mouvements so caracteristic of Brahns
The baroc trumpet with it's melow sound