Chris Wagner


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 Milena Johannesova educate him intensively in drawing. Following that, he refined his skills and knowledge by studying at several local and international artists studios, as well as at the school for advanced creative education in Basel, or Schule für Kunst und Design in Zürich. Despite his education he’s still a curious autodidact who works on his projects restlessly and keeps trying to explore his limits.

Today, photography, drawing and painting 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 here in several exhibitions, including an installation at “CAMP BASEL” during the Art Basel. Or “PROVOCATE” at Filter4, initiated by Fredy Hadorn (Lichtfeld Gallery) or the exhibition “CONFESSION SESSION”, at Kasko which was curated by Japanese artist Naoki Fukushima.

Internationally, he was present 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.

Artist Statement:
As an observer the constancy of my work lies in its diversity. The link is interaction between people and how it is constructed.
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.

Chris Wagner


Recent events , group/solo exhibitions (selected)

  • MOPA, Museum of Porn Zürich
  • LISTE, Art Fair Basel
  • Erotica3, Place Suisse des Artes, Lausanne
  • ART BEAT 2, Konstanz
  • ART UNDRESSED, Miami invited artist as winner of ES Competition
  • DIGING IT OUT, Haus Am Bach Gallery, Sissach, Switzerland
  • ART Copenhagen
  • CUTLOG, NewYork
  • ART EDITION, Seoul
  • Confession Session, dr kuckkucks labrador (Warteck), Basel, Switzerland. Curated by naoki fuku
  • OPEN ATELIERS, Rheinfelden and Region , Switzerland
  • ONE SIZE SHOW, Art Space Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • PROVOCATE Filter 4, by Fredy Hadorn, Basel Switzerland
  • AMSTERDAM SHOWCASE, Oude Kirk, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • ARTIST OF ALLSCHWIL, Group Show, Allschwil, Switzerland
  • LACDA 2012, Photographic Exhibition, Los Angeles
  • CAMPBASEL 2012, Cirquit NT, Basel, Switzerland
Chris Wagner


A selection of my work

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Chris Wagner


I teach life drawing at various locations in Basel on the basis of weekly courses or workshops. Beside that i regularly organize the open studio for life drawing.

Lifedrawing as a genre is almost as old as the act of painting itself. At aktzeichnen@basel artists of all skill levels are welcome to draw a live model in a variety of poses. This format offers you an opportunity to have a go at drawing the naked human form for the first time or to brush up on previously acquired skills in an untutored environment.

In addition aktzeichnen@basel is available as a inexpensive practice forum for those looking to develop their hand/eye co-ordination. Drawing in the company of other artists is a great way to power down and get creative with your hands.

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, no matter whether you’re just starting out or want to build on your existing skills. You will be amazed how quickly your dexterity will improve.


Time, Place and cost

When: Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month
Registration: No prior registration required
Venue: Grosses Atelier, 4. Stock, Migros Klubschule, Gundelitor Jurastrasse 4,
4053 Basel
Time: 7 pm – 9.30 pm
Cost: CHF 25.00 per evening (cash only)
Students in full-time education under the age of 25: CHF 15.00 (proof of identity required)


Please sign in on arrival and drop your fee in the collection box before the start of the session.

Please bring your own drawing/painting materials and paper. Drawing boards and easels are provided. Artists of all skill levels are welcome.

Newcomers may wish to book an introductory or refresher workshop in  preparation.

Model poses vary between 1-20 minutes.

Strictly no photography or filming during live model sessions.

Information: Chris Wagner, Tel. 079 261 18 18, E-Mail:

Chris Wagner


Gesucht werden hin und wieder Modelle für Zeichnungsunterricht für klassisches Aktzeichnen oder für Fotografie.

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Information: Chris Wagner, Tel. 079 261 18 18, E-Mail:


Chris Wagner