Art and Design or Art Design?
Fabian Bolliger was born in 1995 in Baden Switzerland.
Instead of watching Netflix or doing sports, he spends most of his free time, sketching, building designer furniture and painting abstract art. By combining two of his biggest passions, he creates unique artpieces that dissolves the line between design and art. His works are mostly modern art-furniture, art- and light installations, abstract paintings and sculptures.
Fabian never was atrracted by making money quickly and easy at a bank or insurance company. He realised at an early age that sitting in front of the computer all day long evaluating Exel spreadsheeds or fill out some boring paperwork was not the meaning of Life for him.
To be able to work with his hands and at the end of the day be able to see the results was what he Loves and what brought him into carpentry. Already at the beginning of his carpentry apprenticeship he realised how well wood can be processed. How it can be combined with other materials and how he can create simply sharp and straight or playfull abstract forms.
After a succesfull apprenticeship, one of the most important and formative times of his Life has began. After working for different companies to get some practice, he felt that it was time to follow his dream. His dream of finding the end of the world. With 21 years he left Switzerland with a one-way ticket to Southeast Asia for the first time. Getting to know a completely different culture was what he was looking for. To see how they work and how they create huge things with almost no tools has inspired him. He was able to talk with the people about art and started dealing with art. He experienced the love and patience they have for their art and realised the similarities with his carpentry work. That was the moment when his desire for indipendence was born.
"inspiration comes barefoot" Vietnam 2016
"A gentleman with a welding machine" Vietnam 2016
Two years later back in Switzerland, he tried to capture all this moments and feelings and express them in a unique way. In the last years he has acquired a special varnish and spraypaint technique. He works with different color layers, scratches them off with different carpentry handmachines, wood and more. Then, by using his abstract art in his furniture, he is able to tell a story with a furniture and gives each artwork a heart and a soul.
2021 Nominated for the Formforum Masterpiecetalent Prize, Bern Switzerland
2021 XOXO - Art meets Design Exhibition, Druckerei Baden
2021 Collectors Club Exhibition, LORA Restaurant Basel
2021 Formforum Ateliertage, NEEDS! Needs?
2021 Galerie 1489 Baden, Switzerland
2020 Fuori Salone, Milano Italy. Representing the swiss design district (Digital, Covid)
2020 Artbox Galerie Project 2.0, Zurich Switzerland
2021 Raum und Wohnen Magazin
2021 Faces Lifestyle Magazie
2021 Wohnrevue Magazine, Switzerland
2021 Das Ideale Heim Magazin, Switzerland
2021 Meter Magazin, Switzerland
2021 Badener Tagblatt, Switzerland
2021 Rundschau Nord und Süd, Switzerland
2021 Brugger Generalanzeiger, Switzerland
2021 Reussbote, Switzerland
2020 Mis Magazin, Switzerland
2018 - Today Part time, Carpenter with focus on furniture and installation at Barnetta AG
2017 - 2018 Mountain Apartment Conversion Davos, Private Client
2014 - 2017 Carpenter with focus on furniture at Bruggisser AG
2010 - 2014 Aprenticeship in Carpentry at Bruggisser AG