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Meet Stefan Geissbühler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stefan Geissbühler.

Stefan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in Interlaken, Switzerland. I knew that I wanted to be an artist from an early age, but my parents wanted me to learn a profession that would “pay my bills!” In order to learn a profession, Switzerland has an apprentice-based program and there were no apprenticeships available for the kind of artist I wanted to be. The only option would have been for me to join an art school, but the word “school” was enough to make me run the other way. I eventually decided to train as a chef and I successfully finished my three-year training in 1988. I was not happy however, and I knew that my days working as a chef would be numbered. After a series of fortunate circumstances, I met my wife, Christine, on a four-month trip I made through north America. Eventually, I hung up my chef’s hat when I moved to the USA in 1992 to follow my dream to work as a full-time artist. Since then, I have successfully built my art business, have grown my customer base of art collectors nationally and internationally…and I feel that I have never worked a day in my life since!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As an artist, you have to wear many hats, and creating my artwork is the easiest part. There have been, and there continues to be, parts of being a working artist that are challenging, but the good experiences so far have outweighed the bad ones. One of the most valuable parts are the people I have met along this journey and the many amazing friendships that have blossomed with fellow artists and customers over the years. The support from friends, from my wife and from my family are the glue that holds everything together. However, in challenging times, there are instances where I’m asking myself why I am bothering to make art. Why should anyone make art during difficult times, when there are much more important issues to deal with? Then it all becomes clear again when I realize what an important role the arts play in our lives. Unfortunately, art often takes a back seat through troubled times, which is kind of ironic considering that the very nature of art means sharing our humanity, asking questions, sharing ideas and enriching our lives, our culture and our imagination. The second thing that I realize also, is the fact that I cannot stop being an artist – it is my life and it is like a healthy addiction.

Please tell us about your work.
I work primarily with acrylics to create vibrant and color-rich abstracted paintings. My subject matter frequently depicts landscapes, boat themes and animals. I describe my work as New-Century Modern, a combination of a Mid-Century Modern aesthetic with echoes of Abstract Expressionism. A good friend, and fellow artist, once told me that he always knows which my paintings are, even though they may depict different themes, due to my style, my vibrant color combinations and the way I apply the paint by using primarily spackle-knives and brayers. I’m most proud of having been able to work successfully as an artist, and that I am able to translate the ideas in my head and express them in my paintings.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would learn the business side of art more thoroughly, how to market, how to interact with customers and galleries, etc. As I mentioned before, creating the artwork is the easiest part!


  • My original paintings range starting from $125 for my popular “Mini” paintings, to $6000 for my larger work .
  • 6″ x 6″ “Mini” $125 (unframed), $225 (framed)
  • 14″ x 14″ $650 (unframed), $850 (framed)
  • 24″ x 24″ $2100 (unframed), $2500 (framed)
  • 30″ x 30″ $2900 (unframed), $3400 (framed)
  • 48″ x 48″ $4800 – $5800

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