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Swiss-born, New York-based Olaf Breuning didn't become an art fanatic until his father gave him a camera when he was 16. Since then, he's been busily producing work with an eclectic, irreverent sense of humor, but Breuning has no interest in "fun art," as he calls it. Like any artist, his ultimate goal is to produce seriously considered pieces that bring something new to the table, both visually and conceptually.
Here's what you need to know about him:
"Clouds" 2008, C-print, 150 x 180 cm. Courtesy Carbon 12
- His Cloud installation (supported by New York's Public Art Fund) is currently on view at the entrance of Central Park at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
- The city of Zurich gave Olaf a studio in Soho, New York. He fell in love with a woman and in love with the city. The woman left, the city stayed.
- His work is included in the permanent collections of Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Saatchi Gallery and Zabludowicz Collection in London, AROS in Aarus, Denmark, and the Burger Collection in Berlin, among many others.
"Black and White Pattern" 2013, C-print, 120 x 150 cm. Courtesy Carbon 12
"Fiery Eye" 2013, C-print, 120 x 150 cm. Courtesy Carbon 12
"Can someone tell us why we are here?" 2006, Inkjet print, 120 x 150 cm. Courtesy Carbon 12
Jamie Knowles is the founder & creative director of online art destination and e-commerce site, FolioCue. Visit FolioCue.com to see more of Olaf Breuning's art and shop the inspired style guide.