Herbert SAX Baerlocher exhibition

Discover the works of Herbert Sax Baerlocher at the “Kunst im Treppenturm” exhibition in Bamberg (Germany), from 4 April to 9 May 2017.


Herbert Sax Baerlocher was born in Basel Switzerland in 1943. He studied art history and modern poetry at the universities of Bern and Florence.

From 1971 to 1972 he lived in Berlin (Germany) where he did his first drawings.

In 1973 he moved to Kyoto (Japan) and began to paint his first abstracts with gouache. He was also initiated into painting in oil and ink with Susumu Hiromoto.

From 1978 to 1979, inspired by the spontaneous Zen Buddhist culture, he painted in the “anima-é” and “kakejiku” styles and exhibited his work in the Roku Ô Zen temple in Kyoto.

From 1997 to 2013, he painted in the valley of Fex, Engadine in the Swiss Alps.

In 2013, he moved to Weimar and then in 2015 to Mistelgau-Obernsees (Germany), where he still lives today.

Since 1995, Herbert Sax Baerlocher has painted in ink only on Velin BFK Rives® paper. He finds that painting in ink with a long-haired oriental brush has fundamentally changed his possibilities of expression: thanks to this act of the brush moving almost without thought, he has discovered within himself layers of consciousness that, unlike the subconscious, are beyond mental awareness: “mu-shin” (the void of the heart) or, as Paul Klee put it, intuition.

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