Christian Bazant-Hegemark

city
Vienna (Austria)
birth
1978

Painting fragmented stories for fractured minds: I paint open-minded stories whose interpretations grow with their viewers. Fragments to create emotions. Atmospheric pieces. To this end, my work generally blends traditional painting figuration with an abstraction, often referencing computer graphic stereotypes. Over the years, the specific painting processes have changed drastically, resulting in an oeuvre that’s visually rather diverse.

My path to the Arts is weird: I was a programmer for Rockstar Games for six years, before I ever touched a pencil or brush. At age 26 I started studying Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna), changing from Daniel Richter’s painting class to Harun Farocki’s film class and beyond – everything that focused images became my passion.

After the study, I received a grant to pursue a PhD research, and was able to further focus painting: how does it work today, surrounded by digital technologies? I got involved with the local art scene and managed an artist-run space (with its own studio spaces, a residency program and weekly changing exhibitions), a start-up gallery around forty exhibitions, and ultimately curated around 40 exhibitions – and wrote texts about dozens of local painters.

In 2017 I started to fully live off painting sales, but also stopped curating. Instead, I started a YouTube channel focusing creative spirits. It features interviews with painters like Daniel Pitín or Emma Hopkins – artists that haven’t been featured in video portraits before. The channel goes way beyond painting.

work

Birth of gravity

Birth of gravity

Id

Id

Uncomfortable symmetry

Uncomfortable symmetry

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