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Klaus
Prior
Lugano
Switzerland

Biography

Klaus Wilhelm Prior was born on July 28, 1945 in Wesel, Germany. In the last months of the Second World War, his home town was almost completely destroyed by heavy bombing.  The post-war period and the dramatic atmosphere of reconstruction influenced prior’s childhood.  After the obligatory years of schooling, he successfully completed his vocational training at a turbine company in Wesel.  Already in his early years he showed in interest in art and took his first guidance from some of the local artists.  In 1964 he settled in Switzerland where he worked in a series of metal working plants.  Through the cl ose contact with life in the factories, he got to know the multi-ethnic world of the working class.  During this time he made his first auto didactical experiments as a painter.  In 1967 he specialized in machine building and simultaneously applied for a retraining program as an embroidery designer, but was rejected by the aliens police.  In 1968 he attended evening classes in painting and drawing at the School of Applied Arts in St. Gallen. In 1970 he moved to Ticino.  Through his engagement with painting he produced works in which the human being stands at the center and which Prior repeatedly observes from different angles.  His passion for painting continued, although simultaneous with this period of his work, the artist underwent a deep life crisis during which he questioned some of the pieces he had created and destroyed them.  In the 1970s and 1980s many of his paintings were bought up on the art market.  Frequent travels throughout Europe and the United States gave him the opportunity to see and develop an appreciation for the great masterpieces in large museums and at exhibitions.  After nearly two decades in Ticino, Prior became a Swiss citizen in 1989.  For several years he was an active member of the association of Swiss painters, sculptors and architects.  In the early 1990s he conducted his first trials as a sculptor with a variety of materials, and finally chose wood as his preferred one.  Since 2003 he has also added iron casting.  Prior shows his work in many exhibits in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Through these, one can see the development of his sculpting and the process of deepening which has taken place in his painting. The artist lives and works as a painter and sculptor in Lugano and in the Allgäu.

Exhibitions/Selection

2020

Wangen im Allgäu, Museum Badstube,

Singen, Kunstmuseum

2019

Kiβlegg, Schauraum

Zülpich, Galerie Roy

Ravensburg, Galerie 21·06

Murten-Morat, Fondation Jetzt Kunst

2018

München, Galerie Benjamin Eck

Locarno, Wolf Gallery

Krailling, EOS-Kunst-Raum

Zug, Galerie Urs Reichlin

Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Werner Wohlhüter

Lugano, Five Gallery

2017

Ravensburg, Galerie Doris Hölder

Gnosca, Chiesa San Giovanni Battista

Murten, Galerie Werthmüller

Lugano, Fafa Fine Art

Zug, Galerie Urs Reichlin

Leibertingen, Galerie Werner Wohlhüter

Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Werner Wohlhüter

Milano, Galleria Compagnia del Disegno

2016

Feldberg Falkau, Galerie Angela Lenz

Zug, Galerie Reichlin

Locarno, Pinacoteca Casa Rusca

2015

Kiβlegg, Museum Wachter,  

Lahr, Städtische Galerie und Innenstadt

Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Werner Wohlhüter

Bad Ragaz und Vaduz, 6.Triennale

Zürich, Galerie Martin Jedlitschka

Sutz-Lattrigen, Von Rütte-Gut

Torino, Scultura Internazionale al Castello di Racconigi

2014

Leutkirch im Allgäu, Galerie im Kornhaus und Innenstadt

Badenweiler, Galerie Angela Lenz

Küssnacht am Rigi, Galerie Reichlin

Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Werner Wohlhüter

Bern, Fondation Jetzt Kunst

2013

Pergine Valsugana Trento, Castel Pergine

Ingelheim am Rhein, Rathausplatz Ingelheim,

Ravensburg, Galerie Doris Hölder

2012     

Leibertingen, Galerie Wohlhüter  

Markdorf, Kunstverein Markdorf e. V.    

Hagnau am Bodensee, Gemeinde Hagnau

Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Ursula Keller

Gutenstein, Kunst am Fluss

2011

Mannheim,  Galerie Keller 

Kluisbergen, Gallery Phoenix

Zell am Harmersbach

Bern , Fondation Jetzt Kunst  

2010

Allschwil/Basel, Galerie Aphold

Art Karlsruhe, Skulpturenplatz    

Mannheim, Galerie Keller

2009

Offenburg, Galerie im Artforum
Kißlegg , Neues Schloss

Ettlingen, Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe

Singen, Kunstmuseum

2008

Galerie Keller, Mannheim,

Kluisbergen, Gallery Phoenix,   

Kloster Roggenburg

Thun, Galerie Art-House, 

Warthausen – Oberhöfen, Galerie Knoll-art

2007 

Galleria L’incontro, Lugano

Crailsheim, Stadtmuseum 

Allschwil-Basel, Galerie Aphold

Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Schrade,

Campione d'Italia, Galleria Civica

Mühlhausen-Dachrieden, Bildhauersymposium  

2006

Milano, Galleria Compagnia del Disegno

Baden Baden, SWR  

Lugano, Galerie L’Incontro

Arth am See, Galerie Meier

Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Schrade, Galerie Felchlin

Kluisbergen, Galleries Beukenhof   

Heiligkreuz im Entlebuch, Figuren in der Landschaft

Turin, Scultura Internazionale al Castello di Agliè