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Martin Wohlwend

Martin Remigius Wohlwend

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting
San Francisco Art Institute 1995

Born on April 2, 1969 in Liechtenstein
Father of 3 Children

"My paintings are reflections of human nature, the creation of the universe, our environment, and today's society. Before I begin a new painting, I detach myself from any preconceived concept of my work. I never know how long I will work on a painting. Every painting is unique, only the process remains the same. By a surrealistic method I first create chaos on the canvas. Paint is randomly applied to the canvas through various techniques such as squirting, dripping, or with a spatula, removed again by scratching, or washing, purely on the basis of my emotions and feelings until I arrive at a point where I detect forms and shapes in the painting which speak to me. I then consciously work and refine those forms and shapes and mold them into an organized composition. I create order in the chaos. The processes of chaos and order often become interchangeable, so that I often create chaos again on top of order, and so on, until I arrive at a point where I stop the process. Because of this interchangeable process, I refuse to accept that a painting could ever be finished. I merely stop the process of creating chaos and order, and the final product is a painting which reflects one or the other, chaos or order. These processes reflect our human nature, the creation of the universe, our environment, and todays society. My paintings are timeless representations of that process. Confessions of my existence."