Chris Wagner’s creativity comes from music, drawing and painting, as well as photography and the creation of object art and installations.
Subsequent to his education in music, he let the Slovakian artist M. Johannesova educate him in drawing and painting. Following that, he refined his skills and knowledge at the SGW, the school for advanced creative education in Basel, Switzerland.
Despite his education he’s still a curious autodidact who works on his projects restlessly and keeps trying to explore his limits.
Today, photography, object art and installation make up most of his work. Due to his diversity he is not always easy to grasp for people interested in art. According to himself, his creative construction sites are islands he likes to go back and forth from like a traveler, which reflects his life as a restless cosmopolitan with travels stretching as far as almost 100 countries.
His current home base is Basel, Switzerland. He has been featured in numerous exhibitions here, including an installation at “CAMP BASEL” with the involvement of Artspace Switzerland during the Art Basel. Then there is “PROVOCATE” with Filter4, initiated by Fredy Hadorn (Lichtfeld Gallery) and the exhibition “CONFESSION SESSION”, which was curated by Japanese artist Naoki Fukushima.
Internationally, he started with a group exhibition in Amsterdam, Netherlands, followed by his “fragmented series” which he successfully presented on several continents, including the ART EDITION in Seoul, Korea, the CUTLOG in New York, USA and the ART COPENHAGEN in Denmark.
Numerous works are in the hands of private collectors and admirers.
As an observer the constancy of my work lies in its diversity. The link is interaction between people and how it is constructed.
With it, I address the medial reworking of a catastrophe and political activism in its oppressive environment.
Essentially, it’s about how we shape social coexistence and how interaction is established. It’s about threats, open spaces, proximity, distance, love, hate and our own impermanence.
In photography, I like to use nudity to entrance the observer. That is why the ambivalent message often exploits itself only at second glance, it’s hidden behind the image.