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Tristan Rain

Tristan Rain
Tristan Rain is a swiss artist. He was born in Switzerland (1972) and lives in Paris and Berlin and Stockholm.
Painting and Photography
Tristan Rain is a swiss artist. He was born in Switzerland (1972) and lives in Paris and Berlin and Stockholm.
Painting and Photography





Tristan Rain

1972 Born in Liestal/Basel (Switzerland)

Lives and works in Paris (France) , Berlin (Germany) and Stockholm (Sweden)



1989-1993 Studies of Architecture (dipl. 1993)

1990-1993 School for Advanced Arts, Basel. Painting, Photography, Art-History (dipl. 1993)

1990-1994 Stays in several countries

1995- Studio in Paris



1993- Painting, Photography, Drawing



France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, UK,

Canada, USA, Australia, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, China, Japan



2015 Förderpreis Ministère de la Culture, Délégation de la Création

2012 Selected at Novembre à Vitry, annual painting awards 2012

2012 Laureat of Mois de la Photo, Galerie B. Siméon Paris

2009 Laureat of the competition at Russia Art Week, Saint-Petersburg

2007 Grand Prix du Concours international de Valenciennes, Thème 'Fragments'



2005 Drouot Paris

2012 Pékin




-'Art contemporain français', Catalogue, Beijing, publ. Nov 2014

-'Réalités nouvelles 2014', Catalogue, Paris, publ. octobre 2014

-'Réalités nouvelles 2013', Catalogue, Paris, publ. octobre 2013

-'The Which Gate Project', Catalogue, Factory Gallery, Berlin, publ. juillet 2013

-Catalogue Itinéraires Art contemporain Paris, publ. juin 2013

-'Novembre à Vitry 2012', Catalogue, nov-déc 2012, publ. nov. 2012

-Catalogue, Goethe-Loft, Lyon, publ. déc. 2012

-Catalogue, Hivernales, Paris, publ. déc. 2012

-Catalogue, Salon d'Automne d'Israël, publ. Nov 2012

-Catalogue, Persan, 2012

-'Réalités nouvelles 2012', Catalogue, Paris, publ. Avril 2012

-'Villes / Matières' Catalogue of works with the Berlin-Based artist Ulla Walter, 2011

-'New Faces in Art', Russian Art Week Moscou and Saint-Petersburg, publ. Nov. 2009

-'Contemporary Art from Europe', Reference Gallery New York City, publ. may 2008

-'Parcours d'Artistes', Catalogue, Pontault-Combault, 2007

-'Tristan Rain - La Présence latente d?autres voix', Corporate Fiction, France 2006

-Catalogue, Lausanne, 2006

-'Art contemporain', Catalogue, Ozoir-la-Ferrière 2007

-'Tristan Rain - Dialektik des Raumes', Corporate Fiction, France 2005

-'Tristan Rain ? Probabilités', Ed. Amplitude, France 2004

-'Multitudes' Salon d'art contemporain, Ozoir-la-Ferrière 2007

-'L'indispensable' Catalogue, 'Fin de Siècle', Ed. Ambassade de Suisse, Paris 1997



- 'Tristan Rain' in: ART Habens Contemporary Art Review, interview by the curators Katherine Wilson and Dario Rutigliano, publication: august 2015

-'Tristan Rain', in Artension Hors-Série «L'abstraction aujourd'hui», oct 2014

-'Tristan Rain', in Art-Atlas Ed. 11-09, Ed. Jennifer Held Köln/Cologne, aout 2010 (Paper-edition)

-'Tristan Rain. Fragments & Perception', Reproduction de ?Caligari Stairs #E-109? paru dans : Miroir de l'Art #14, nov 2009, p.45

-'Tristan Rain', in Art-Atlas Ed. 11-09, Ed. Jennifer Held Köln/Cologne, nov. 2009

-'I house you ? Zur Sprache der eigenen vier Wände', Peintures et Domizil de Tristan Rain avec un article de Emma Braslavsky, curator, Berlin, publ. in: Papirossa - Netzmuseum für Sprache und Galerie der Künste Berlin, Ed. p#2. Februar 2005

-'Obsessionen' - Obsessionen in der Kunst. Troisième de Couverture: Les Balkans&les Grands Lacs, 1996 de Tristan Rain Magazine Schweizer Kunst Ed. 2/97, Editeur: Schweizer Kunst, Baden 1997



-'Tristan Rain, a swiss artist in Paris', article by Zoë Jenny, in La Bella Vita Magazin, Ed. Automn 2015

-'Art contemporain à Ozoir/Paris' Ed. Ozoir-Magazine Culture No. 61, Avril 2007

-'Art contemporain', exposition d'Ozoir 2007, by Monique Bellas, April 2007

-'Vollkommen unvollkommen', exhibition at Galerie Monika Beck 2007, publié in Saarländer Zeitung, Ausgabe von Mai 2007

-'Rapports humains. Tristan Rain in der Galerie Dosch Zurich', 'Tages-Anzeiger' (Journal), 2000

-'Exposition d'artistes suisses à l'ambassade de Suisse à Paris', by Véronique Châtel, publ. in 'La Liberté' (Journal), Edition of 14. february 1998

-'Moi + Moi', Tristan Rain in der Galerie Dosch in Zurich', publ. in 'Tages-Anzeiger' (Journal), Edition of 12. june 1998


TV, Radio

-Tristan Rain, interview (TV) by Lydia Stoegner for the austrian television, Servus TV, diff. 4. dec. 2013

-Tristan Rain, interview (TV) by Christian Platz for 'Agents for Art', diff. 4. jan. 2012

-'Exposition d'artistes suisses à l'ambassade de Suisse à Paris', SRG, Télévision de la Suisse française, 1998, diff. in february 1998








Tristan Rain

37, rue de l'Ermitage

F-75020 PARIS





© Tristan Rain/Prolitteris 1991-2016 All paintings and photographs appearing in this publication and on are protected under Copyright Laws by Prolitteris Zurich. Paintings, photographs and text may not be reproduced or used in any form without written permission. This includes use of any image as part of another photographic concept or illustration.



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Exhibitions (selection) 2015 -Réalités Nouvelles, Paris -Galerie Ursula Pfeiffer, Wien 2014 -He Hua Gallery, Beijing -Réalités Nouvelles, Paris -Fine Arts Institute, Shanghai 2013 -Réalités Nouvelles, Paris -Kunstraum Le Cube blanc, Paris -The Which Gate Project, Factory Gallery, Berlin -Galerie Ursula Pfeiffer, Wien -Galerie B. Siméon, Paris 2012 -Goethe-Institut, Goethe-Loft, Lyon -Réalités nouvelles 2012, Paris -Novembre à Vitry 2012, Galerie Jean Collet, Vitry-sur-Seine 2010 -Galerie Ursula Pfeiffer, Wien 2009 -Museum of the Americas, Miami, USA 2007 -'Tristan Rain ? Malerei & Fotografie' Galerie Monika Beck Homburg, Saarbrücken -'Fragments', Quiévrechain/Valenciennes -'Parcours d'Artistes', Pontault-Combault -'Arte Digital', Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes, Santa Fe, Argentina -'Multitudes' Salon d'art contemporain, Ozoir-la-Ferrière 2006 -Kunstraum Klingental Basel -Art contemporain suisse, Palais Rolland et LeVicompte, Paris 2005 -'Jetzt' Kunstraum M54, Basel/Bâle -Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie 2005, Arles 2004 -'Tristan Rain ? Diptychen/Triptychen in einer Basler Privatsammlung?, La Maison Bleue, Basel 2000 -'Tristan Rain ? Rapports humains', Galerie Dosch, Zürich 1998 -'Tristan Rain ? Double-Portraits', Galerie Dosch, Zürich 1996 -'Tristan Rain ? Peintures récentes', Galerie Bréda, Paris

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Tristan Rain is a swiss artist. He was born in Switzerland (1972) and lives in Paris and Berlin and works regularily in Stockholm.
Painting and Photography.

It is the incomplete, fragmentary, discontinuous vision of human perception which is in the center of his work.

He realized exhibitions in Europe, Asia, North- and South-America.
His most recent exhibitions took place in the following institutions : Novembre à Vitry, Parcours d'Artistes in Pontault-Combault, Réalités Nouvelles in Paris, Contemporary Art Museum in Beijing, Salon d'automne Tel Aviv, St.-Petersburg Exhibition Center of the Arts, Moscow Palace of Arts, Museum of the Americas in Miami.



Fragments l Perception

Tristan Rain works in cycles - often diptychs and triptychs. His work goes beyond the traditional separation between figurative and abstract. It's about perception.

The photographic work examines the characteristics, possibilities and limitations of analogue and digital photography. The camera often moves during the process, or is situated in front of a mirror or a glass. Different views of common objects or historic places are condensed and concentrated.

The process of enlargement, the overlays, the projections, the extreme compression of multiple digital files across various media formats - all contribute to the impression that the photographic image dissolving. The viewer's eye tries to recognize things, to detect and interpret them... and finally discovers what was already there.






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