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b. 1970, Switzerland

Olaf Breuning Biography

Olaf Breuning is a Swiss born, New York based artist. After studying photography, Breuning began working across multiple media including sculpture, video, performance, installation, and drawing, creating works that often reference popular culture and are inherently kitsch in appearance.

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Breuning’s works are comprised of bright colours and are influenced by a number of diverse and eclectic sources. Informed by his own experiences. His work humorously reflects on his observation of human behaviour and interaction and contemporary cultural and political concerns. Breuning avoids divulging the deeper meanings behind his artistic endeavors and instead often chooses to create based solely on aesthetic appeal. His refreshing approach to his practice has led to him becoming internationally known.

Olaf Breuning’s recent exhibitions have included The Life at Metro Pictures, New York (2015); The HOME Trilogy at Metro Pictures, New York (2013); Human Nature at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2012); The Art Freaks at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2011); and Life is a Wheel, Colour Studies at Kodama Gallery, Tokyo/Kyoto (2009). The artist’s work is held in collections at the Kunsthaus Zürich, the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; the Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen; the Ellipse Foundation, Portugal; and the Collezione La Gaia, Italy, among many others.

Olaf Breuning, Color Rain (2020) (detail). Gesso and acrylic on canvas. 198.1 x 146.1 cm. Courtesy Metro Pictures, New York.

Olaf Breuning Featured Artworks

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Sad and worried animals / Bull by Olaf Breuning contemporary artwork
Olaf BreuningSad and worried animals / Bull, 2020Cantera coffee, ceramic eyes
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Out of Balance by Olaf Breuning contemporary artwork
Olaf BreuningOut of Balance, 2020Gesso and acrylic on canvas
198.1 x 146.1 cm
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Mobility by Olaf Breuning contemporary artwork
Olaf BreuningMobility, 2020Gesso and acrylic on canvas
198.1 x 146.1 cm
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Human and Fire by Olaf Breuning contemporary artwork
Olaf BreuningHuman and Fire, 2020Gesso and acrylic on canvas
198.1 x 146.1 cm
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Untitled by Olaf Breuning contemporary artwork
Olaf BreuningUntitled, 2013Carrara C marble
170 x 45 x 55 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery Enquire about this work
Untitled by Olaf Breuning contemporary artwork
Olaf BreuningUntitled, 2013Carrara C marble
170 x 45 x 55 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery Enquire about this work
Untitled by Olaf Breuning contemporary artwork
Olaf BreuningUntitled, 2013Carrara C marble
170 x 45 x 55 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery Enquire about this work
Untitled by Olaf Breuning contemporary artwork
Olaf BreuningUntitled, 2013Carrara C marble
170 x 45 x 55 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery Enquire about this work

Olaf Breuning Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Olaf Breuning, Out of Balance at Metro Pictures, New York
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15 June–1 August 2020 Olaf Breuning Out of Balance Metro PicturesOnline Only
Contemporary art exhibition, Olaf Breuning, The Life at Metro Pictures, New York
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4 June–31 July 2015 Olaf Breuning The Life Metro PicturesNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Olaf Breuning. Tony Matelli. John Miller. at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
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20 March–14 June 2014 Group Exhibition Olaf Breuning. Tony Matelli. John Miller. Gary Tatintsian GalleryMoscow

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Taking residence throughout the Barbican's brutalist warren for the next month, the American artist and film-maker Doug Aitken's 'Station to Station: a 30 day happening' is a multifaceted arts event best described as a 'living exhibition' and an 'experiment in spontaneous artistic creation'. Sounds nebulous? It...

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