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painter, photographer | Switzerland

Tristan Rain

Tristan Rain - painter, photographer
"I try to give the world an incomplete, fragmented and incohesive vision of what we understand to be reality."

Born in Switzerland in 1972, Tristan Rain is an artist and photographer.  His work addresses human perceptions which he describes as incomplete, fragmented and incohesive.

Conceptual work on human perceptions

The work of Tristan Rain is imbued with the architectural studies that the artist followed at the same time as his studies in visual arts.  Calling frequently on geometric shapes, his paintings and his photographs are the fruit of a work about the fragmentary nature and the duration of a look.  The subject is decentralised, space and time are broken down

Art born of constraint

Tristan Rain’s paintings are « cryptochromes. »  They contain few colours.  Everything is condensed in the construction of the pictorial matter, from colours that are enriched by metal powders and glass to the angle of the lighting and the quality of the light.  Each work, because of these constraints, is thus both unique and manifold at the same time.

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Living photography

The photographic works of Tristan Rain explore the possibilities and the limits of photography.  Various different strategies are used: the camera moves during shooting or is positioned in front of a set of glasses or mirrors.  This captures a multitude of different views, densifying, focussing, merging, making visible.  The image is transformed through enlargement, overlays, projections repeated transfers between techniques, through compression and decompression of digital files and changes in the range of colours.

The work of an international artist

Since 1995, the artist has been living in Paris, has been active since 2000 in Berlin and regularly works in Stockholm since 2008.  His work, which has often been exhibited in numerous countries, is travelling even more: Réalités Nouvelles in Paris, November in Vitry, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Beijing, the Autumn Salon in Tel Aviv, the Exhibition Centre of the Arts in St. Petersburg as well as in Moscow, Berlin, Vienna, Rio and Miami.


Transparences (Stèles photographiques)

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Empire Film Stills (Photographies)

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Anaphore (Photographies)

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Trance (Photographies)

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Please don't get up (Triptyque photographique)

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Unfold (Peinture, Diptyque)

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Street Scenes (Photographies)

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Alpine Landscape (Peinture)

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Once you get there (Peintures)

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Winner's Curse (Peinture)

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  • 2012
    2012 Laureat of Mois de la Photo l'after, Galerie B. Siméon Paris- 2. Prix– Paris, France
  • 2009
    2009 Laureat of the competition at Russia Art Week, Saint-Petersburg- 1 Prix (Photographie)– St Petersburg, Russia
  • 2007
    2007 Grand Prix du Concours international de Valenciennes, Thème "Fragments"- Grand Prix– Valenciennes, France

Group exhibitions

  • 2017
    Luxuria / Galerie Stephan Stumpf – München, Germany
  • 2017
    Contemporary Photography / Los Angeles Center for Digital Art – Los Angeles, United States
  • 2015
    Salon Réalités Nouvelles (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) / Salon Réalités Nouvelles, Paris – Paris, France
  • 2015
    Utopien / Stadt / Galerie Ursula Pfeiffer, Wien – Wien, Austria
  • 2014
    Freiwild / Kunstraum Kunststück, Berlin – Berlin, Germany
  • 2013
    The Which Gate Project / Factory Gallery, Berlin – Berlin, Germany
  • 2013
    Zeit & Raum / Galerie Ursula Pfeiffer, Wien – Wien, Austria
  • 2012
    Novembre à Vitry 2012 / Espace d'Art Jean Collet – Vitry-sur-Seine, France
  • 2009
    International Contemporary Art / Museum of the Americas, Miami, USA – Miami, United States
  • 2007
    Parcours d'Artistes / "Parcours d'Artistes", Pontault-Combault – Pontault-Combault, France
  • 2007
    Multitudes / Salon d'art contemporain, Ozoir-la-Ferrière – Ozoir-la-Ferrière, France
  • 2005
    Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie 2005, Arles / Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie 2005, Arles – Arles, France

Solo exhibitions

  • 2007
    Tristan Rain – Malerei & Fotografie / Galerie Monika Beck Homburg, Saarbrücken – Homburg, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • 2005
    Jetzt / Espace d'Art M54, Basel – Basel, Switzerland
  • 2004
    Tristan Rain - Diptyques, Triptyques / Espace d'art d'un collectioneur, La Maison Bleue, Basel/Bâle – Basel, Switzerland
  • 2000
    Tristan Rain - Rapports humains / Galerie Dosch, Zürich – Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1998
    Tristan Rain - Double-Portraits / Galerie Dosch, Zürich – Zürich, Switzerland


Permanent collection

  • 1997
    présent dans des collections en: France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, UK, Canada, USA, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, China, Japan, United States
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