Presentation

Born in Lausanne in 1980, I spent my childhood in the countryside of the cantons of Vaud and Valais, my curiosity for the arts in general always burgeoning.

After getting my high school certificate I did an apprenticeship as a plasterer-decorator, in which I was highly successful, and which I followed up with a training as a foreman. My passion for the arts always rose to the surface, so I decided to allow myself a shot at conquering the art world. At the age of twenty I went to Ticino, partly to trace my roots, partly to learn decorative techniques. This experience only increased my desire to learn, and I went to Paris to do the painter-decorator training of the Institut Supérieur de peinture décorative. I only had one objective in mind, that of opening my eyes, in a concrete way, to the world of decorative arts. This was a true learning experience, as I lived through hard times, times of doubt but also of joy... At the end of this training I received my diploma and a prize. I had grown...

In 2006, on leaving Tuscany, I had a revelation… I united my two passions, that is, music and painting, so that they would combine to make one art form. I had always considered these media to be on the same wavelength, in the way they affect us. Finally, through my work, thanks to my technique, I was able to find a way to express everything I was feeling deep down inside, without limits, everything that had matured in my head over the years could eventually come out. I searched for inspiration in the depths of my being. In 2010, the city of Florence rewarded me with the “Premio Prize XXVlll painting section”.

Curious about nature, feeling at one with nature, I observe it a lot and after a while flashes come to me – ideas, sounds, all these elements inspire me or remind me of shapes so that in the end I can create harmony, like when I play guitar, my second passion.

Music is always present during the creation of my works, and it inspires me from the beginning to the end, like a score with loud movements and quieter ones. And some times it completes the painting by opening a door to the fourth dimension.

Also in 2010 I joined SUISA (Swiss songwriters and composers).

I like to play with varying depth, for example by mixing pigments with oil or beer. Blue tones attract me because they are ubiquitous, essential to life, full of symbolism and of dreamlike qualities. I also appreciate the positive energy found in gold and beaten metal. Through my technique my paintings can return this energy because they express themselves differently from morning to evening, thanks to the light which enlivens them. With this time-consuming process I want to give the viewer keys to open their eyes and pay attention to the world around us. I also include fragments of memory (represented by drops or varying shapes). The more I observe the universe the more I realise that everything is connected.

Perhaps these paintings can lead you to share the same questions, or the same answers; perhaps they can help you to escape into your innermost thoughts, giving free reign to your emotion.

I hope so.

Christian Rattaz

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