There is an element of self-portrait in every picture by Georg Gatsas. His photographs of landscapes and people give insight into his life and the artists and visual world that shape his practice. His approach is in the spirit of Joseph Beuys's concept of Social Sculpture, which says that art is all around us and implicates the people, places and things that are in our environment as artistic co-conspirators. His subjects are often highly visually complex; his photographs capture a certain energy inherent in his subjects through color, composition and form. Often a lone figure in the night going places where few dare to go, Gatsas is the ultimate fly on the wall; easy going and constantly approaching the people and places that cross his path as major events, his strategy highlights the fact that history is written by those who care enough to observe, document and record.

James Fuentes, New York City, 2007

 

 

Born in Grabs in the Swiss Rhine Valley, 1978

Lives and works in Waldstatt, Switzerland and the rest of the world

Awards and Grants

2012
Atelierstipendium London, Zuger Kulturstiftung Landis & Gyr, Switzerland

2010
Werkbeitrag des Kanton Appenzell AR, Switzerland                                                                                                                                                    European Newspaper Award (Sektion Special Pages, Portrait: Dorothee Elmiger, WoZ)

2009
Atelierstipendium New York des Bundesamtes für Kultur, Switzerland

2008
Werkbeitrag der Stadt St.Gallen, Switzerland

2007
Swiss Art Award, Switzerland

2006
Werkbeitrag des Kanton St.Gallen, Switzerland

2005
Binz39 Zürich, Atelierstipendium, Switzerland
Werkbeitrag der Stadt St. Gallen, Switzerland
Förderpreis der Internationalen Bodensee-Konferenz: Austria, Germany, Switzerland

2004
Förderbeitrag der Stadt St.Gallen, Switzerland

 

 

Collections

Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland, bought by Kanton St. Gallen, Switzerland                                                                                                         Kanton St. Gallen, Switzerland                                                                                                                                                                                  Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland                                                                                                                                                                            Stadt St. Gallen, Switzerland                                                                                                                                                                                          Kanton Zurich, Switzerland                                                                                                                                                                                           FRAC Nord - Pas de Calais, France
Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland                                                                                                                                                                                        Soho House Art Collection, New York, USA                                                                                                                                                                    Soho House Art Collection, London, UK