Joey Schmidt-Muller finds his way to meaning and to his view of the world in his own painful experiences. His mythological counterpart is the bound Prometheus, the rebel forged by Zeus on the rocks of the Caucasus, who brought fire to mankind.
Swiss artist, Joey Schmidt-Muller is an active member of the German Avantgarde Scene. Moving from Later Surrealism and the New Objectivity, he joined the already established Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. The confrontation with social criticism led to Joey’s new style, “The Traumatic Realism”, as a development of the New Objectivity of 1933. Pain, torture, nightmares and fears scream at us in creatures dancing and fighting, diving and flying who are intended to arouse our level of consciousness and lead us from our condition of prisoners to self-liberation.
1965 - 1966 Preliminary Course, School of Design and Art Basel, Switzerland
1966 - 1970 Graphics & Printing Technology, Basel, Switzerland
1970 - 1971 Graphic arts education, Zurich, Switzerland
1971 - 1972 Training Graphic, Cape Town, South Africa
1973 - 1974 Basel School of Applied Arts, Basel, Switzerland
1990 - 1991 Art Lesson in Aboriginal Symbols, Dot Painting & Patterning, Sydney, Australia
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