Yves Hänggi : Dark Matter

Yves Hänggi (2020)

His artistic universe is nourished by contemporary comics, independent comics, free figuration, pop art, popular arts and brute art. Born in 1966 in Porrentruy, Switzerland, a graduate of the Bienne School of Visual Arts and a member of the Swiss Association of Visual Artists Visarte, he is an illustrator, painter, graphic artist and organizer of cultural events. Passionate about travel, he love to travel the world with his feet and carnets, as for example during a tour of the world in 2015. His work is the subject of exhibitions in Switzerland, France, Belgium, USA and Madagascar and has been published by several Swiss and French publishers. I reside and work in Porrentruy.

Yves Hänggi with his picture

Né en 1966, Yves Hanggi est peintre et illustrateur, diplômé de l’Ecole cantonale d’arts visuels de Bienne en Suisse. Son univers artistique se nourrit de comics underground, de bande dessinée indépendante, de figuration libre, de street art, d’art brut, d’art singulier et d’arts populaires, influences qu’il mêle à travers des formats, des supports et des techniques variés (peinture acrylique, encre, craie, collage). Son travail a été exposé en Suisse, France, Belgique, Allemagne, Pays-Bas, Etats-Unis et Madagascar, et publié chez plusieurs éditeurs suisses et français.

À travers cette série d’illustrations de grands formats mêlant encre, peinture et collage d’éléments récupérés dans la rue, Yves Hànggi poursuit un processus d’exploration débuté en fin d’année 2020 à l’occasion d’une résidence artistique à Berlin, qu’il poursuit actuellement à Paris : l’intégration à ses techniques picturales habituelles d’éléments tels que des lambeaux d’affiches, des signes typographiques ou des images déchirées issues de magazines. Par cette technique, Yves Hanggi amène une nouvelle dimension dans ses illustrations, en jouant avec les déchirures, les textures et les superpositions, ainsi qu’avec le hasard et la spontanéité. L’artiste explore également les liens qu’il peut tisser entre la rue, source d’influence et de ressources, et le travail en atelier, lieu dans lequel les œuvres se façonnent et se recomposent.


Yves Hänggi (33)
Yves Hänggi (2019)

His artistic world finds inspiration in underground comix and independent comic books, free figuration, street art, different movements that can be described as outsider art (including art singulier) and folk art. These different influences are combined and expressed in a variety of mediums (acrylic, ink, chalk, collage) and formats. His work has been exhibited in Switzerland, France, Belgium, Germany the Netherlands, the USA and Madagascar and published in Switzerland and France.

With this series of large format illustrations combining ink, paint and a collage of found objects, Yves Hanggi continues to explore in Paris a practice that began at the end of 2020 during a residency in Berlin: integrating elements such as pieces of posters, typographic symbols and images torn from magazines into his usual pictorial techniques. By playing with tears, textures, superimpositions, chance and spontaneity, Yves Hanggi adds a new dimension to his illustrations and explores the connections he makes between the street (a source both of inspiration and raw materials) and the studio, where his creations are fashioned and composed.

Yves Hänggi (28)
Yves Hänggi (2018)
Yves Hänggi (13)
Yves Hänggi (2018)
Yves Hänggi (29)
Yves Hänggi with his micro-edition (2018)

As a cultural organizer, he manage several associations and cultural centers, showrooms, artist tours, contemporary art exhibitions, artistic events and festivals in Switzerland and Belgium, in the fields of current music, theater, and comic strip and the cinema. He also worked in communication, journalism and the humanitarian. He was awarded the 2019 Culture Prize of the City of Porrentruy. He is available for illustration and graphic design projects and for any exciting exhibition and publication proposal.

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