About the artist
My name is Simon Abt and I was born on December 23rd, 1992 in Basel (Switzerland).
Through courses in sketching and sculpting as well as a course for design at the Invers School in Olten, I acquired practical and technical knowledge in painting.
My main interest is the expression of the face and the possibilities of abstracting it without making the person unrecognizable herself.
My style moves between an expressive color and lines and non-figurative alienation effects that produce this unique atmosphere of my paintings.
This style is also called "spontaneous realism".
My paintings thereby also portray situational, emotional worlds like “smoking”, “addiction”, “nervousness” and the like.
In 2018 I was at an all-time low. Unemployed and drug addict. I rarely went to art school. Instead, I wandered aimlessly through Switzerland with my sketchbook during the day.
During the night I painted or occupied myself with esoteric and occultism.
I seldom slept. In the end I ended up in the closed psychiatry. The police found me almost frozen to death on the edge of a forest in Zurich.
At this point it was clear to me:
I will completely change my life!
When I got back home, I wrote on a piece of paper:
"I want to become an internationally successful artist."
For the first time in my life I had a goal in mind. I started posting my art on the internet and printing business cards. I broke up with bogus friends and stopped using drugs.
The first successes came quickly. I received inquiries from two international galleries and was able to present my works in China and Miami in 2019.
I don't know where my journey will take me, but one thing is certain: I have stayed true to my goal to this day.
I hope my story can inspire others to believe in themselves and their talents.
Photo by Lisa Zumbrunn
I have been represented internationally by the following galleries since 2019: