Oliver Schibli - Artist Statement
The works of Oliver are an idyllic paradise of visual harmonies, inspired by the beauty of ancient art and wall paintings paired with new world problems.
An immersive visual experience that invites us into his golden world. Pure gold - a metal that has shared origins with our human consciousness since time immemorial - it symbolizes my need to seek out that which is rare, precious, scarce, and pure on a universal level.
His works integrates the labor-intensive, ancient technique of hand gilding. Oliver meticulously applies several layers of Gold Leaf to each of his canvases. Oliver explores concepts of infinity and greatness. Most of the Earth’s gold lies at its core, the metal’s high density having made it sink there in our planet’s youth. Virtually all gold discovered is considered to have been deposited by meteorites that contained the element. In essence Oliver is painting with metal from fallen stars.
Oliver's work pairs the decadent and the minimal, the spectacular and the invisible, seeking to heighten the experience of the spectator by creating immersive environments that transport the viewer into other worlds. The boundless nature of sky and ocean, provoking a striking emotional response. What interests him most about Gold is its scarcity and the emotional response that Gold evokes. Beyond symbolizing opulence and wealth, it manifests a feeling of refinement that is often lost in today’s disposable culture. By listening to his higher self, the part of all of us that is connected to universal truth, the work creates Oliver as much as he creates the work.
Oliver Schibli – Biography
He is a multidisciplinary artist that began to experiment with all kinds of Art in his early years at school. During this time and until 2012 he never showed his work to the publicly. After his early experiments in painting and art he decides to do a 4 years apprenticeship as a sign maker and went to the visual school of art in Bern, Switzerland. There he learned all the different techniques from calligraphy, writing with feathers, working with gold leaf, the color gauge, screen printing and all the other important aspects of creating. It was essential to learn the basics of the different materials, techniques and possibilities. Always with a normal job in the office during the day, he worked in the evenings and during every free minute and got more and more sure which direction he wanted to go. He was then sure that he wanted to become a artists.
With this goal in mind, he made the life changing decision in March 2014 to become a full time artist. This has given him the opportunity to find his unique style. In the year 2014 he left Switzerland to work in Asia away from every deflection in Zurich and had his own Art Gallery/Studio in Thailand during this time. He worked almost fifteen hours every day on his technique and ideas and experimented a lot. He also started to produce different accessories with his art on it and created his own Art brand. This was the birth of the BUBU Collection which is distributed in several Luxury Hotels in Asia and online.
After his time in Asia and lots of hours of experimenting and having learnt a lot about the production process he decided to go back to Switzerland and take his art career to another level. After his return to Switzerland he had 5 successful Exhibitions in Zurich in 2015 and 2016. And then came the first big moment in his Artist Life, he won the International Emerging Artist Award in Dubai during Art Dubai in 2016. His winning Painting was presented to thousands of people during this time and this experience gave him the trust in himself to work even harder for his dream.
Early 2017 he had his first Gallery Exhibition in Zurich and in June 2017 he was invited from the American Luxury Hotel Group Pullman Hotels & Resorts to there new launched global Art initiative "Artist Playground by Pullman". Invited to Thailand to the Flagship Hotel from South East Asia he worked 4 weeks in the Hotel and created his Solo Show Faces of Siam.