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Pia Fries Bio

Pia Fries in her studio, 2021, Düsseldorf, Germany 
(Photo credit: Artemiy Sergeeviç Shokin)

PIA FRIES (b. 1955, Beromünster, Switzerland) studied at the Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts, Lucerne, Switzerland, and at the Academy of the Arts, Düsseldorf, Germany, where she studied under Gerhard Richter.

Recent solo exhibitions include Kienbaum Collection,Cologne,Germany; Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; “Pia Fries:picklock manual,” Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX; “FABELFAKT,” Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany; “corpus transludi,” Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland;“parsen und module,” Musée d’Art Moderne de laVille de Paris,Paris,France;Gund Gallery,Kenyon College,Gambier,OH;“vier winde,” Gerhard Altenbourg Award, Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg, Germany; “Hendrick Goltzius and Pia Fries: proteus and polymorphia,” Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve, Germany; “nasen und nauen,” Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf, Germany; Moss Arts Center, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg,VA;“seascapes,” Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA;“oxiponton,” Galerie Thomas, Munich, Germany; “weisswirt und maserzug,” Kopfermann-Fuhrmann Stiftung, Düsseldorf, Germany; “volume & light,” Neiman Molenaar & Mai 36 Galerie, Hong Kong, China; “tabula coloribus,” Kunstparterre, Munich, Germany; “windhand laufbein,” Kunstplattform AKKU, Emmenbrücke, Lucerne, Switzerland, and “fernleib manual,” Galerie Mai 36, Zürich, Switzerland.

Recent group exhibitions include Mai 36 Galerie at Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland; “INSIGHTS,” CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain; “Diversity United. Contemporary European Art, Moscow. Berlin. Paris.” New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia; “.CH,” Mai Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland; “small is beautiful: (A) rtschwager to (Z)augg,” Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland; “Focus on Color,” Braun-Falco Galerie, Munich,Germany;“Pia Fries & LiatYossifor,” GalerieAnita Beckers,Frankfurt,Germany;“Flying Letters,” Clay Street Press,Cincinnati,OH; “Flugblätter Schloss Plüschow,” Mecklenburgisches Künstlerhaus Schloss Plüschow, Upahl, Germany; “Schau, ich bin blind, schau,” Hans and Monika Furer Collection, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland; “Frozen Gesture: Gesture in Painting – From Roy Lichtenstein to Katharina Grosse,” Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Germany; “Flugblätter” (curated by Birgit Jensen), Cross Lane Projects, Kendal, United Kingdom, and “MAGMA #2,” Shedhalle, Zug, Switzerland.

Her work is included in the collections of Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI; FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France; Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop, Germany; Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland; Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany; Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland; Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland; Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve, Germany; Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA; Neues Museum Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany; Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, and University Hospital of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland.

She is the recipient of awards including the Gerhard Altenburg Award, Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg, Germany; the Art and Culture Award of the City of Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland; Iserlohn Art Scholarship,Villa Wessel, Iserlohn, Germany; the Fred-Thieler Award, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany; the Studio Residency Award, Cultural Foundation Landis & Gyr Zug, London, United Kingdom; the Art Prize Münsterland, Münster, Germany; the Bonn Art Foundation, Bonn, Germany; the Nordmann Prize, Canton of Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland; the Swiss Government Art Scholarship; the Fine Art Grant, Canton of Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland; the Graduate Scholarship, State of North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, and the Jury Prize of the Six Central Swiss Cantons, Switzerland.

Fries lives and works between Düsseldorf and Munich, Germany.