Roman Signer

1938 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Roman Signer is an established contemporary artist, who originates from Switzerland, like other celebrated artists such as Not Vital, Stefan Gritsch, Anina Schenker, Marianne Mueller, and Emil Meerkämper. Roman Signer was born in 1938.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Roman Signer is represented and exhibited by multiple galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom, France, and Poland. Some of those galleries are Hauser & Wirth London | Savile Row in the United Kingdom, Galerie Martin Janda in Austria, and Galerie Art: Concept in France. Roman Signer's work are currently exhibiting at Galerie Martin Janda in Vienna with the exhibition Solo exhibition (13 March 2020 - 18 April 2020). Roman Signer's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galerie Martin Janda in Vienna (06 December 2019 - 17 February 2020) with the name Galerie Martin Janda satellite at Hochhaus Herrengasse and Galleria Michela Rizzo in Venice (20 September 2019 - 23 November 2019) with the name Soglie e limiti. Roman Signer's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Group show and took place at Licht Feld Gallery in Basel, Switzerland from the 19 March 2019 to 24 May 2019.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most significant Swiss contribution to the unravelling of Modernism was the formation of the Dada movement in Zurich in 1916. Its initial members included Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Emmy Hennings, and Marcel Janco. Their headquarters, the Cabaret Voltaire, quickly evolved into an vital hub of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a haven from political instability elsewhere in Europe. Beforehand, Switzerland had produced some quirky and extraordinary artists in the Post-Impressionist period of the early twentieth century, including Ferdinand Hodler and Felix Vallotton. Another major movement that can be connected to a Swiss artist was the ‘International Style’ of modernist architecture, pioneered by Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier may have become a French citizen in 1930, but he was born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret in the Neuchâtel canton of Switzerland in 1887. Indeed, his first autonomous projects were executed in his hometown of La Chaux-de-Fonds, including proto modern domestic villas for wealthy local clients. Key Swiss artists of the twentieth century include Jean Tingely, Alberto Giacometti, John Armleder, Pipilotti Rist and Thomas Hirschhorn.

Further Biographical Context for Roman Signer

Roman Signer was born in 1938 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1950s growing up. New York City became the focus for modernism on an international scale during the Post-War period. Many artists had travelled to the city during the Second World War, fleeing in exile from Europe. This led to a substantial pooling of talent and ideas. Influential Europeans such as Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann provided inspiration for American artists whilst in New York, and influenced cultural growth in the United States for many later decades. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were predominant artists of this time. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revised to recognise the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Roman Signer

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