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 “Herkules Farnese,” C.G. Boerner, Düsseldorf, Germany (forthcoming); 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 la Ville 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; and “seascapes,” Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Recent group exhibitions include “VOR DEN BILDERN: Fotografie als Inspiration,” NKR - NEUER KUNSTRAUM, Düsseldorf, Germany; “Notes on Abstraction,” Edition VFO, Zürich, Switzerland; “Contemplation,” Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf, Germany; 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 & Liat Yossifor,” Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany; “Flying Letters,” Clay Street Press, Cincinnati, OH; “Flugblätter Schloss Plüschow,” Mecklenburgisches Künstlerhaus Schloss Plüschow, Upahl, Germany; and “Schau, ich bin blind, schau,” Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
Her work may be found in the collections of the Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI; FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France; Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, 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 of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA; Neues Museum Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany; and Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, among others.
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.