Patric Sandri


“My work is very much about seeing. It takes a lot of time to be perceived”.

AT: Where are you from and how/why you start engaging to art?

PS: I am from Zurich, Switzerland. I began to be interested in art around the year 1997. Actually, I can’t even say why I was fascinated by art. I am not from a family of artists. There wasn’t much talk about art and I wasn’t much in museums as a child. Maybe I was just fascinated by something I couldn’t explain or the mysterious one and the possibility to follow it up and deal with it. When I then began to study art, I found this very relieving, because studying art was not like a normal school or studying with lectures, which I could not have imagined doing.


AT: When did it become serious?

PS: When I decided to apply for the admission exam of the art school.


AT: Are there any person that have been significant in your progression as an artist?

PS: They were different people: On the one hand some professors during my art studies, on the other hand my girlfriend, who is my most critical discussion partner, and then my galleries, with whom I work together.


AT: What’s your first approach to the work? Where does your process start?

PS: In the head, then on paper, then with the computer, then with the hands.

Untitled (Composition with a Red, a Yellow and a Blue Rectangle), Paint on wood construction behind transparent cotton, 90×60 cm each, 2017

AT: What are your favourite tools and materials for working?

PS: The materials of painting: stretcher frame/wood, paint, fabric.


AT: Do you leave your work open to interpretation? Or do you think the viewer should engage with your work in a specific way?

PS: My works always create a dialogue with the viewer in a room. This dialogue and the time the viewer spends there and the perception is the most important. My work is very much about seeing. It takes a lot of time to be perceived.


AT: How do you feel while you are working? You think of the final result?

PS: My work develops in a process. When I plan an exhibition, I always try to find a ‘visual solution’ for a space. The most exciting thing is to find a solution, it’s often like distilling ideas. This process always takes the longest. The goal for me is to surprise the viewer with an exhibition that is both natural and generous. So the final result depends on the planning. Decisions have to be made before execution. During the development of the concept, I am actually always a little tense and slightly nervous. The execution is then often physical and manual work and requires concentrated and accurate work.


AT: How do you understand when a work is finished?

PS: When everything is installed in the exhibition space and I see it myself for the first time.

Untitled (Composition with 3 Squares), Paint on wood construction behind transparent cotton, 101x101x8.5 cm, 2017
Untitled (20 x Red, Yellow and Blue), Paint on wood construction behind transparent cotton, 200×200 cm, 2016

AT: Where does the inspiration for the work come from? Do you find inspiration outside or it’s all inside you?

PS: Often different situations and sources of inspiration: Art history, architecture, painting, everyday situations, changing light conditions.


AT: Do you think art can be learned or it is something innate?

PS: You can definitely learn something by doing it a lot. At some point you sensitize your thinking and become part of what you occupy yourself with or surround yourself with.


AT: There are any artists that influenced your works? Why?

PS: My works refer to the ‚analysts‘ of the 60ies ‚the 2nd end of painting‘: Lucio Fontana, Ellsworth Kelly Robert Irwin, Dan Flavin, Imi Knoebel, Barnett Newman, Jules Olitski, Alan Charlton, Daniel Buren, Donald Judd…


AT: How important is for you the role of social media?

PS: Social media is something that definitely belongs to our time. You have to learn to use these possibilities for yourself. Unfortunately, the works on photos or Instagram often look worse if you see them in the original. There are a lot of examples. I’m glad that one always have to look at my work on location. A photo represents an idea and never the presence of a work. All those people who push people onto Instagram and pretend they know a lot about art and pretend they’re art historians or experts, I often find ridiculous.

Solo exhibition, Ultrastudio, Pescara (IT), 23 April – 20 May 2017 – Installation view

AT: What’s your opinion about the contemporary art system nowadays from your point of view as an artist?

PS: Hmm, it’s hard to be consistent. You have to be patient and try to keep a certain distance but be part of it at the same time. The most important thing is to believe in what you’re doing without being too strongly influenced by a system or construct. Patience is definitely one of the most important things.


AT: What do you find to be the most challenging or daunting thing about pursuing art? What is the most rewarding part of working as an artist?

PS: The most daunting or challenging thing is probably to be patient and to continue what you believe in despite all doubts. But that’s probably the most rewarding to do: to do what you believe in and to construct a small personal universe that can’t be taken away by anyone and belongs to you and hopefully leaves a small trace in art history.


AT: What do you do outside of painting?

PS: I have a relationship.


AT: What are your goals and expectations for the future?

PS: I hope that I can continue to develop and exhibit my work. I am also happy with my collaborations with my galleries and hope that we can continue to work and grow together.

Eight Canvas – One Painting, Solo exhibition, BALTSprojects, Zurich (CH), 2 June – 16 July 2016 – Installation view



MA, Royal College of Art, London


Diploma, Lucerne, University of Applied Sciences and Arts



Art Geneva, solo presentation with multipleart, Zurich (CH) (solo)

Me, you, myself, yourself, I and you, Vebikus Kunsthalle Schaffhausen (CH) (with Adam Thompson)

Benefiz Kunst-Auktion, in cooperation with Sotheby’s, Vienna(AT) (group)

TBA, Annarumma Gallery, Naples (IT) (solo)


Neue Staffel, Å+, Berlin (DE) (with Roman Gysin)

weiss / blanche / bianco, multipleart, Zurich (CH) (group)

White Works in Melanie’sOffice, 57W57ARTS, New York (USA) (group)

Chroma, WIP, Beirut (LB) (group)

Grosse Regionale, AlteFabrik, Rapperswil (CH) (group)

Remembering Geneva, multipleart, Zurich (CH) (group)

multipleart in der Sommerresidenz, Galerie am Platz, Eglisau (CH) (group)

Beirut Art Fair (LB) with WIP Gallery (group)

Art Geneva with multipleart, Geneva (CH) (group)

edition20, multipleart, Zurich (CH) (group)


Three Three Three, KORE Contemporary, Bern (CH) (solo)

Patric Sandri – Filter, Å+, Berlin (DE) (solo)

XYZ, FAQ, Basel (CH) (solo)

Vienna Contemporary with Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna (AT) (group)

Ende Gut & Alles Gut, multipleart, Zurich (CH) (group)

Geneve Reloaded, multipleart, Zurich (CH) (group)

Exposition XL, Hermetschloostrasse 77, 8048 Zurich, (CH) (group)

artgeneve with multipleart (group)

What is DRAWing?, Temple Church Triforium, London (UK) (group)


Frank Piasta & Patric Sandri, multipleart, Zurich (CH) (with Frank Piasta)

Matter / Non-Matter , Angra do Heroismo Museum (Azores Islands) (group)

Sotheby’s Benefit Auction, Novomatic Forum, Vienna (AT) (group)

ArtVerona with Annarumma Gallery, Verona (IT) (solo presentation)

Offline, Up&Coming: Weinbergstrasse 48, Zurich (CH) (group)

Kleine Sonntagsschau, Galerieraum Roentgenstrasse Zurich (CH) (group)

Summershow: Doublefeatures, Galerie Bernd A. Lausberg, Düsseldorf (DE) (group)

Work and Residency Grants of the City of Zurich, Helmhaus Zurich, Zurich (CH) (group)

Bender Schwinn Projekt Zwei, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich (DE) (group)

Paint(h)ings, Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna, Projectroom (AT) (solo)

50/50, Ultrastudio, Pescara (IT) (solo)

Scheinraeume, Tart Gallery, Zurich (CH) (with Barbezat&Villetard)

Song No1, No.Stereo Contemporary, Cascais (PT) (group)

Micro Salon#7, galerie l’inlassable, Paris (FR) (group)

Iconic, Federico Rui, Milano (IT) (with Jenny Brosinski and Struan Teague)

artgeneve with multipleart


Between Numbers and Poems, Annarumma Gallery, Naples (IT) (solo)

Catch of the Year 2016, Dienstgebäude, Zurich (CH) (group)

peintin, Sihlquai55, Zurich (CH) (with Muriel Kuoppala)

If Walls are Trembling, Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna (AT) (group)

Softening the Margin, Project175, Zurich (CH) (group)

Eight Canvas – One Painting, BALTSprojects, Zurich (CH) (solo)

Summer never ends, Laurent Marthaler Contemporary, Montreux (CH) (group)

Colors, Laurent Marthaler Contemporary, Montreux (CH) (group)

Dallas Art Fair with LisaBird Contemporary, Dallas (USA) (group)

Another Spray, Haeusler Contemporary Zurich, Zurich (CH) (group)

Unfixed Positions, BALTSprojects, Zurich (CH) (group)

Untitled (to), Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna (AT) (solo)

Through Painting, Lokal Int., Bienne (CH) (with Simone Holliger)

Interspaces, Kiosk Tabak, Zurich (CH) (solo)


MM Editions, Muster-Meier – Contemporary, Bern (CH) (with Marcel Rickli)

Walks, Lokal 14, Zurich (CH) (solo)

Retortenbaby, Kuenstlerhaus Wien, Vienna (AT) (group)

SOS – Self Organized Systems, 2nd Tbilisi Triennial, Tiflis (GEO) (group)

A Sculpture of Marmalade is a Sculpture. But it isn’t Marmalade,

Kunstplattform akku Emmenbruecke / Lucerne (CH) (with Kyra Tabea Balderer)

!Champagne!, BeatTricks, Milano (IT) (group)

ltd. Exposition, Kiosk Tabak, Zurich (CH) (group)


Echoes, Sihlhalle, Zurich (CH) (solo)

Projections, Toni-Areal, Zurich (CH) (solo)

Dock 18, Zurich (CH) (group)

Black Holes and Concinnity, De Bord Int., Zurich (CH) (with Nora Steiner)

Artefakte – Was bleibt, Museum Baerengasse, Zurich (CH) (group)


81 Bodenplatten, Skulpturenhof WKV, Stuttgart (DE) (group)

The Day Remains_ii, Peltz Room Gallery, London (UK) (group)

The Industry is Cold, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin (DE) (group)

Anonyme Zeichner, Galerie Nord, Berlin (DE) (group)

Collision (Strapazin Nr. 110), Corner College, Zurich (CH) (group)

25th Anniversary Varley Memorial Awards, Royal College of Art, London (UK) (group)


Versus Vice Versa, Hockney Gallery, London (UK) (solo)

Show RCA, Royal College of Art, London (UK) (group)


Interim Show, Royal College of Art, London (UK) (group)

Hung Drawn, Altered, London (UK) (group)

10 Gales Prize, 10 Gales Gallery, London (UK) (group)

Man Group Drawing Prize, Royal College Of Art, London (UK) (group)

Fail better, Hockney Gallery, Royal College Of Art, London (UK) (group)



Project Grant, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zurich (CH)

(Exhibition with Adam Thompson: ‘Me, you, myself, yourself, I and you’, Vebikus Kunsthalle Schaffhausen (CH), 2020)


Project Grant, Minerva Kunststiftung (CH)

(Solo exhibition ‘Gestures of Light’, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig (DE), 2019)

Project Grant, Marti Clerici Stiftung (CH)

(Solo exhibition ‘Gestures of Light’, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig (DE), 2019)


Project Grant, Pro Helvetia (CH)

(Solo exhibition ‘Gestures of Light’, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig (DE), 2019)

Re.act 2017 Azores Islands

(Residency at Azores Islands, 19 September – 2 October 2017)


Project Grant, Josi Guggenheim Stiftung (CH)

(Exhibition with Adam Thompson, A C Kupper Modern, Zurich, 2017)

Project Grant, Stadt Zurich Kultur (CH)

(Group exhibition ‘peintin’, Sihlquai55, Zurich, 2016)

Project Grant, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zurich (CH)

(Solo exhibition ‘Eight Canvas – One Painting’, BALTSprojetcs, Zurich, 2016)

Project Grant, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zurich (CH)

(Exhibition ‘Through Painting’, Lokal – int., Bienne, 2016)


Project Grant, Bundeskanzleramt Oesterreich (AT) (2nd Tbilisi Triennial)

Project Grant, Marti Clerici Stiftung (CH) (2nd Tbilisi Triennial)

Project Grant, City of Salzburg (AT) (2nd Tbilisi Triennial)

Int. Strabag Art Award (AT), nominated

Art Tell Award (CH), shortlisted


Int. Grant Program, Lepsien Art Foundation (DE), selected

Sasso Residency (CH)


Marti Clerici Stiftung (CH)

Minerva Art Foundation (CH)

Man Group Drawing Prize (UK), shortlisted


Varley Award, London (UK)

Atdta Foundation (CH)

Royal College of Art Bursary (UK)


Manuela Geiger Foundation (CH)

Royal College of Art Bursary (UK)



Tzvetnik: ‘New Season’ by Roman Gysin and Patric Sandri at Å+, Berlin Artmirror: Roman Gysin and Patric Sandri: ‘Neue Staffel


Daily Lazy: Patric Sandri at KORE Contemporary / Bern (M. Pasto)

Young Filter: Patric Sandri @ Åplus (Berlin, DE) (K. Mothes)NEO2 Magazine: La Naturaleza versus tu Iphone (M. Borrás)


Collezione da Tiffany: Diario Scaligero Prova di carattere die ArtVerona 2017 (N. Maggi)

ArtVerona Catalogue: 13 Ediozione Art Project Fair, Published in Verona, printed by Mediaprint Verona

Art Research Map: Re_Act Contemporary Art Laboratory (C.Vaz)

Scandale Project: Matter / Non-Matter | M.A.H. Museum, Terceira Island, Azores

June Joon Jaxx: Matter / Non-Matter | M.A.H. Museum, Terceira Island, Azores

Wrong Wrong Magazine: Re_Act Contemporary Art Laboratory, Azores IslandSotheby’s: Benefi Auktion für das CS Hospiz Rennweg Wien, Published in Vienna (AT), Editor: M. Schmidt-Ott

Ultrastudio: Ultrastudio presents Patric Sandri, a short documentary of the exhibition ’50/50′ (directed by E. Mambella)

Catalogue ‘Bender Sschwinn Projekt Zwei’, Published in Munich (DE), Editor: Bender Schwinn Projekt (K. Brauch)

GalleriesNow: Patric Sandri, PAINT(H)INGS, Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna (GalleriesNow)

A Raw Tip: 50/50, Patric Sandri, Guest #5, Ultrastudio, Pescara, Italy (V. della Corte)

Scandale Project: Ultrastudio G uest #5: Patric Sandri 50/50, 23 April – 13 May 2017 (Scandale Project)

Widewalls: Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer presents the Art of Patric Sandri and James English Leary (E. Anapur)

Scandale Project: Scheinraeume, Barbezat-Villetard and Patric Sandri at Tart Gallery (Scandale Project)

DONTPOSTME Magazine: Scheinraeume at Tart Gallery, 16 March – 01 April 2017, Zurich (DONTPOSTME Magazine)

Art Verge: Confronted with Patric Sandri’s visual enigmas (Y. Kostarias)

wearenapoleon: song no1, group show at no.stereo contemporary (wearenapoleon)

June Joon Jaxx: song no1, group show at no.stereo contemporary (Y. Hurtado)

DONTPOSTME Magazine: song no1 at no.stereo, 04 March – 15 April 2017, Lisbon (DONTPOSTME Magazine)

DONTPOSTME Magazine: Iconic at Federico Rui Arte Contemporanea, 9 February – 31 March 2017, Milan (DONTPOSTME Magazine)


Young Patric Sandri (K. Mothes)

A Raw Tip: Patric Sandri – Between Numbers and Poems (V. della Corte)

Scandale Project: Patric Sandri – Between Numbers and Poems (Scandale Project)

Parnass Magazin (3/16): Kunst- und Kulturraum Zuerich (S. Aigner) Artist Patric Sandri talks about the analysis of painting (E. Zucker)

Daily Lazy: Patric Sandri at BALTS / Zurich (Daily Lazy)

A Raw Tip: Eight Canvas – One Painting, Patric Sandri, BALTSprojects (V. della Corte)

Scandale Project: Eight Canvas – One Painting (Scandale Project)

Widewalls: Purified ideas of Patric Sandri opening at LisaBird Contemporary (A. Kordic)

Hochparterre (4/16): Minimale Interventionen (L. Glanzmann)

A Raw Tip: Patric Sandri – Untitled (to), LisaBird Contemporary – Vienna (V. della Corte)

Art and Signature: Ausstellungen in Wien – Februar 2016 (F. Hauser)

Aujourd’hui Daily: Patric Sandri – Untitled (to), LisaBird Contemporary (M. Pasto)

Artfridge: Interview: Patric Sandri (J. Dehm)

A Raw Tip: Composition / Repetition / Perception. Patric Sandri in conversation with Vincenzo della Corte (V. della Corte)

A Raw Tip: Patric Sandri, Interspaces, Kiosk Tabak – Zurich (V. della Corte)

Looking at Painting, Vol. 2, Published in Leeds (UK), ISBN: 978-0-9930638-1-7, Editor: Jessie Churchill

Widewalls, Patric Sandri (J. Clyde)


A Raw Tip: Patric Sandri – Walks, Lokal 14 – Zurich (V. della Corte)

Art Viewer: !Champagne! at BeatTricks (F. Acal, D. de Chirico)

Aujourd’hui Daily: !Champagne! at BeatTricks (M. Pasto)

Up & Coming: Quartalskuratorin Q1 / 2015: Felicity Lunn (F. Lunn)

Kunstbulletin: Kyra T. Balderer, Patric Sandri 5 / 2015 (Kunstbulletin)

2014 Monthly Selection of Emerging Artists – November 2014 (R. Kopeczky)

In Bildern denken. Ein Experiment ueber die Wahrnehmung von Bildern. Editors: L. Kost, P. Thome, ISBN 978-3-03774-058-3, Applaus Verlag, Zurich)


Art collection of the City of Zurich (CH)

Esposito Collection, Naples (IT)

Private collections in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, UK, U.S.A