Five questions to Peter Zunder

Five questions to Peter Zunder

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Peter Zunder (born 1987) is an abstract painter and sculptor based in Austria. He creates contemplative spaces and structures with brush strokes. Elements of urban art and Chaligraphic aesthetics are reflected in the work. He works in different series, abstract figurative floral works or sculptures made of aluminum or bronze are also part of his oeuvre.Tell us your story, why did you become an artist?

Even as a child, I spent most of my time drawing and painting. It was actually always part of my life, quite unconsciously. From comics and cartoons to tags to graffiti. But it was never talk of art, it just felt natural. Over the years, I have experienced many different genres and techniques of painting and sculpture. After a very long figurative period, my work is now mainly abstract

When you create a new work, how do you go about it? What comes first?

The most important thing for me is a free spirit and good vibes only. I work in different series. With my abstract series STREAKS, a good preparation is necessary. Depending on the colour, different pigments are mixed with binder and water. After that, the colour rests in the vacuum for several weeks. This is followed by a primer with gesso on a fine cotton linen. The early works of the series were created with a wide brush. For the more recent ones, I built a tool that is covered with a fabric that simply absorbs much more colour and thus gives the line more depth. However, the process of painting is very spontaneous and intuitive. Although there is a basic idea afterwards, a certain own dynamic always develops.What can you tell us about your studio, what makes it special to you and how does it influence the way you work?

I work in a light-flooded home studio. I almost live in the studio, which makes my work very flexible. Because I can often work spontaneously at any time of the day or night. Since my painting does without toxic exapating solvents, it is the best way for me to live with art. Is there a work of art in your life that has especially impressed you?

I can't mention a single work here. There are several artists who strongly inspired me at a young age, I am thinking of works by Nitsch, Kline or Bacon. I would not reduce it to a few names. The visual arts offers an enormous spectrum of inspiration.

Reach to the stars: where will you be in 5 years?

At best, I can expand and further develop the reach of my work. To stay healthy and inspired, and to continue to live from my art, then I would be very grateful and satisfied.Learn more about the artist: