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. In 1999, she was selected to exhibit in the Venice Biennale. Fries has held a professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich since 2014.
Fries has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland; C.G. Boerner, Düsseldorf, Germany; Kienbaum Collection, Cologne, Germany; Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX; Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany; Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France; Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH; Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg, Germany; Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve, Germany; and Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at numerous international institutions including the Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, United Kingdom; Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop, Bottrop, Germany; Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland; Morsbroich Museum, Leverkusen, Germany; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; National Gallery Prague – Kinský Palace, Prague, Czech Republic; Neues Museum Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany; and the Seoul National University Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea.
Her work may be found in the collections of the 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; Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France; Neues Museum Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany; and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, among others.
Fries lives and works between Düsseldorf and Munich, Germany.