TSUNSHAN is a Swiss-Chinese artist who was born and raised in Hong Kong in 1956. He studied art and design in Hong Kong from 1974 to 1978 and then moved to London, where he completed his art studies in 1981. During this time he earned his living as a street portrait artist.
He was awarded the Anna K. Meredith Scholarship and used it to further his training in painting and sculpture in Florence in 1981/1982. He then moved to Milan, where he worked as an artist and designer. Since 1988 he has lived and worked as a graphic designer and artist in Switzerland. His works have been exhibited in various galleries and art museums in Europe.
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
« In my paintings I navigate through the expected and the unexpected. Often I don't know what the next gesture will do and somehow I have to clear my mind before I start painting. Water, oil, paint, sand, pigments... I try to direct their movement, like dancing with a trusted partner, but I don't always succeed and I have to allow them to go their own way - even if it's not the one I expected! It is a principle of nature.
I approach my work with an open mind, without a predetermined message and trust that the meaning will emerge through the intuitive process. The painting is the result of the feelings that arise in me and the viewer. I am often asked about the meaning of my works - my answer to this always appears under the picture: "Untitled".
For me, the content of my works is dynamic and constantly changing. I am always surprised to discover new and unexpected images in my works and hope that the viewer can have the same experience. »
2019: Zähnteschüür, Oberrohrdorf, Switzerland / Galerie Sonderwunsch, Baden, Switzerland / Gemeindegalerie, Spreitenbach, Switzerland (Two-Person Exhibition)
1991: Galerie Contempo, Grenchen, Switzerland / SKA-FORUM Zürich, Switzerland / Baron de la Mouette, Zurich / Galerie Treffpunkt Kunst, Adliswil, Switzerland / Galerie Treffpunkt Kunst, Adliswil, Switzerland
1990: Nürnberg 5 / Galerie Contempo, Nürnberg, Germany / Galerie del'Arco, Murten, Switzerland Galerie Caroline Dohmen, Frankfurt, Germany / Galleria Free Art, Turin, Italy
1989: Galerie im Hirschenmarkt, Lyss, Switzerland / Galerie Contempo, Grenchen, Switzerland / Galerie Zenit, Kopenhagen, Denmark / Gluri Suter Huus, Wettingen, Switzerland (Two-Person Exhibition)
1988: Galleria Free Art, Turin, Italy / Galerie Gigot, Grenchen, Switzerland
1987: Galleria Arco di Rab, Rome, Italy / Studio 85, Neapel, Italy
1986: Galerie Zenit, Kopenhagen, Denmark / Galleria Emicla, Gaeta, Italy
1985: Spazio G., Ravenna, Italy
1983: Spazio Uno Studio Arte, Maddaloni, Italy
1982: C.S.I. di G. La Pira, Florence, Italy
2022: Galerie im Gwölb, Baden, Switzerland
2021: Kunst Schau 5430-2021, Gluri Suter Huus / Museum Eduard Spörri, Wettingen, Switzerland / Body of the object as/in Art: European Art in Chinese Art Space, Hong Art Museum Chongqing, China / REGIUNALA, Galerie Cularta, Laax, Switzerland / COV-ART PROJECT, Copelouzos Family Art Museum, Athens, Greece / Artist in the Spotlight, Arte Lagua Prize, Venezia, Italy
2020: Gemeindegalerie, Spreitenbach, Switzerland / Kunst Schau 5430-2020, Gluri Suter Huus / Museum Eduard Spörri, Wettingen, Switzerland / #shutdownGR, Galerie Cularta, Laax, Switzerland / #shutdownGR, Kulturhaus HalloChur, Chur, Switzerland
2019: Kunst Schau 5430-2019, Galerie im Gluri Suter Huus, Wettingen, Switzerland / 35x35 Chinese Art Project, Copelouzos Family Art Museum, Athens, Greece / Apulia Land Art Festival-Land Art 50, Palazzo Lanfranchi, Matera, Italy
2018: Kunst Schau 5430-2018, Galerie im Gluri Suter Huus, Wettingen, Switzerland / Artbox Talent, Artbox Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
2016: Un decennio di proposte e nuovi linguaggi visivi 1982-1991, Gaeta, Italy / Intervento Omocromico-Trentanni Dopo, Fondazione Nikolaos, Bari, Italy
2015: Intervento Omocromico-Trentanni Dopo, Fortino Sant'Antonio, Bari, Italy / 30 years of Intervento Omocromico, Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca, New York
2014: Intervento Omocromico-Trentanni Dopo, La Fondazione Ettore Pomarici Santomasi, Gravina in Puglia, Italy
1992: Offener Raum - Espacio Abierto Asturias, Spain-Aargau, Switzerland
1991: Nürnberg 6, Galerie Contempo, Nürnberg, Germany / Galerie Caroline Dohmen, Frankfurt, Germany / ART Moscow, Moscow, Russia
1990: Galerie Contempo Grenchen, Switzerland / Nürnberg 5, Galerie Contempo, Nürnberg, Germany
1989: Zurzeit - 15 Jahre Spinnerei Wettingen Wettingen, Switzerland / Galleria Free Art, Turin, Italy
1988: Expo Arte Bari 88, Studio Oggetto / Galleria Free Art, Bari, Italy / Index, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Paternò, Italy
1987: Studio Oggetto, Caserta, Italy / Galerie Zenit, Kopenhagen, Denmark / Galleria 4 Gats / Galleria Ferran Cano, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
1986: Rapido Fine, Ferrara, Italy / XXXI Mostra Nazionale d'Arte Contemporanea, Termoli, Italy
1985: Museo Casabianca, Malo, Italy
1984: Arte Fiera Bologna 84, Bologna, Italy / Intervento Omocromico Milano, Italy
1983: Intervento Omocromico, Gavina, Italy
1982: Galleria di Vittoria, Florence, Italy / Studio Art Centre International, Florence, Italy / Nuova Galleria Internazionale, Rome, Italy
1981: London College of Printing, London, England / Calais City Hall, Calais, France
1979: Wrexham City Hall, Wrexham, England
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