Nicolas Vionnet

b 1976 Basel, Switzerland. Lives and works in Zurich metropolitan area.


Nicolas Vionnet opens up a field of tension with his playful irritations. His public installations have an almost oxymoronic quality as they interfere yet also seamlessly integrate within their environment. Themes of change and artificiality are approached in his work, as he highlights ironies within modern aesthetics; such as in his creation of a man-made grass island, placed within an already pre-fabricated park. Through a fundamental confrontation with the history of the space, Vionnet leads to a subtler and more precise intervention. Vionnet’s paintings share a similar influence to his installations, whether he is painting disruptive grey strips across his canvas, or allowing coloured surfaces to drip according to the laws of their own gravity.


  • 2007 - 2009 Master of Fine Arts, Public Art and New Artistic Strategies, Bauhaus University, Weimar (GER)
  • 1999 - 2004 Cooperation Master of Arts in Art and Design Education: teaching qualification for Upper Secondary Education, Academy of Art and Design, Basel (SUI)
  Selected Solo Exhibitions 
  • 2016 Silence, Gallery widmertheodoridis, Zurich/Eschlikon (SUI)
  • 2014 FRISCH, Kabinett visarte (Visual Arts Association Switzerland), Zurich (SUI)
  • 2013 Warum Denken traurig macht, AKKU Kunstkiste, Uster/Zurich (SUI)
  • 2011 Silence, WIDMER+THEODORIDIS contemporary, Zurich (SUI)
  • 2008 Keep off the grass, BStU Erfurt (GER)
  • 2007 Unwetter, Nicolas Vionnet – Malerei, Hippopotamus contemporary, Basel (SUI)
Selected Group Exhibitions
  • ​2019 Fashion, størpunkt, Gallery for Contemporary Art, Munich, (DE)
  • 2019 YICCA, International Contest for Contemporary Art, Final Exhibition, HDLU (Hrvatsko društvo likovnih umjetnika), Prsten Gallery, Zagreb, (HR) ​
  • 2018 ​Onyx, Alfa Gallery, Miami, (US)
  • 2018 Transformation, Gallery MC, New York, (US)
  • 2018 Juried Exhibition, ATHICA, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, (US) 
  • 2018 Boys Will Be Boys, Whitdel Arts, Detroit, (US)
  • 2018 Emerging Artists Vol. 3, BBA Gallery, Berlin, (DE)
  • 2018 Material, Alfa Gallery, Miami, (US)
  • 2017 Transform, Alfa Gallery, Miami, (US)
  • 2017 Turbulence Area, Main Project, 5th Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art, (UA) 
  • 2017 Alles muss rein! Griesbadgalerie / public space, Ulm, (DE) 
  • 2017 Summer Exhibition, The Concept Space - Bermondsey, London, (GB) 
  • 2017 Contemporary Landscape, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA), Gimpo-si, (KR) 
  • 2017 Half-Truth, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, (US) 
  • Regionale 17, Accélérateur de particules à AEDAEN, Strasbourg, (FR)
  • Regionale 17, Kunsthalle Palazzo Liestal, (CH)
  • The Others Art Fair, Galerie widmertheodoridis, Torino, (IT)
  • Les jours des éphémères, Alpines Museum der Schweiz, Bern, (CH)
  • 2016 Concept, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gimpo-si (KR)
  • 2016 Taboo, Galleria Poggiali & Forconi, Florence (ITA)
  • 2015 Sculpture by the sea, 4th Biennial Aarhus Exhibition, Aarhus (DK)
  • 2015 The open west 2015, The Wilson – Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum (UK)
  • 2015 POP LIVING, Schwartz Gallery, London (UK)
  • 2014 Small Works, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (USA)
  • 2014 Top 40, LACDA Los Angeles Center For Digital Art, Los Angeles (USA)
  • 2014 Meet! Aus der Luft gegriffen, Städtische Galerie KUBUS Hannover (GER)
  • 2013 TRIAL & ERROR, Shedhalle, Forum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Tübingen (GER)
  • 2013 Shape the Scape - Landschaft in der zeitgenössischen Kunst. Eine Erkundung. WIDMER+THEODORIDIS contemporary, Zurich (SUI). International exhibition series in collaboration with Kit Schulte Contemporary Art (Berlin), Lehr Zeitgenössische Kunst (Cologne), Galerie Gilla Lörcher (Berlin) and Galerie Ulrich Mueller (Cologne).
  • 2013 TRIAL & ERROR, Shedhalle, Forum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Tübingen, GER
  • 2012 Under A Tinsel Sun, Main Project, III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Central House of Artists, National Center for Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (RU)
  • 2012 Men at work, WIDMER+THEODORIDIS contemporary, Zurich (SUI)
  • 2012 Kollisonen. Galerie marke.6, Neues Museum Weimar (GER)
  • 2010 We Care A Lot, Medium Gallery, Sign+ Gallery, Groningen (NL)
  • 2008 Regionale 9, Kunsthalle Basel (SUI)
Selected Scholarships and Awards
  • 2016 Shortlisted, 4th International Emerging Artist Award, Dubai (EA)
  • 2015 Shortlisted, Celeste Prize 2015, 7th edition, curated by Koyo Kouoh (ITA)
  • 2015 Recommended by the Jury, Sculpture / Installation Section, Premio Combat Prize, Blob Art Cultural Association, Livorno (ITA)
  • 2014 Top 40 Winner, Juried Competition, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA), curated by Joanna Szupinska-Myers, California Museum of Photography und Ryan Linkoff, LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles (USA)
  • 2013 Top 25 Artists, Honorable Mention. Dave Bown Projects - 6th Semiannual Competition, curated by Marisa J. Pascucci, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Reto Thüring, Cleveland Museum of Art und Adelina Vlas, Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA)
  • 2011 Top 50 Winner, Summer Open Call, 3rd Ward Brooklyn, New York (USA)

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