Sebastian Burckhardt was born in 1950 in Bern, Switzerland.
He grew up in the French part, as well as in the German part, as well as in Germany. From an early age on, he was dipped into the artistic world. His grandfather a painter and both of his parents artists in the performing arts themselves.
After completing his “Maturité Fédérale” in Lausanne, he then went to Munich, Germany. His first exhibit he had in Geneva in 1971 in a gallery of the old city. He also did stage designs for theatres in Munich, Cologne and Berlin.
He studied in Munich’s` Art School from 1974 – 1980 for a MA in Fine Arts. During his studies, he went several times to South America, attracted by the intensity of tropical nature and a very different world. One can see its influence in his development from then on. After completing his studies, he immigrated in 1980 to Caracas, Venezuela and stayed there till 1986. He painted intensively in nature, as his principal interest was to understand and show the confrontation between nature and human civilisation, see (“Tropical Panorama” 11x1.60m exhibited 1983 in the gallery of the “Foundation Mendoza”, Caracas). He taught there art and German.
After returning 1987 to Zurich he opened a series of exhibits in an old factory in Zurich, where he had his studio for two years; he had been invited by an artist group called KOPROD. He worked and showed his paintings in many galleries in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Israel.
In 1991, he had a retrospective at the “Kulturforum Villa Oppenheim” in Berlin. In summer of the same year he married Gillat Bartov. He gave workshops at the University of Siegen in Germany during the years 1993 and 94, about “Creativity in the Visual Arts”. A children`s book was published by 94 “Hermione the Pig”, Atlantis Edition House - Zurich, written by Gillat Burckhardt-Bartov and illustrated by the artist.
They lived 1994 and 95 in Hod Hasharon, Israel, when he showed his work at the gallery of the artist association in Tel Aviv (AGUDA).
In summer 95 they returned to Switzerland and since then they live in this country.
He teaches art and language and showes his paintings in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, England and USA. He is represented in many collections in Switzerland, Germany, Venezuela, Israel and USA such as:
•Crédit Suisse, Banque Migros (Berne), Banco del Gottardo, Marc Rich Collection, Ascenseurs Schindler, Swiss Re, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Caracas), Banco Mercantil (Caracas), Werkforum (Dotternhausen/D), Art- Hotel Nabern (Stuttgart), Shmuel Grünberg (Zurich), Kunsthaus (Zurich), Swiss Re (Zurich), Schmidt Bank (Zurich), Zurich Suisse, Service Financier Genève ...etc.
INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITS (Selection)
1973 GALERIE 5 GENEVA SWITZERLAND
1989 KUNSTVEREIN WETZLAR GERMANY
1989 GALERIE CONVENTO VECCHIO ASTANO SWITZERLAND
1987/90 GALERIE WERNER BOMMER ZUG&ZURICH - SWITZERLAND
1991 KULTURFORUM VILLA OPPENHEIM BERLIN GERMANY
1991/94 GALERIE PALLETTE ZÜRICH - SWITZERLAND
1992 UNIVERSITÄT SIEGEN - GERMANY
1994/95 AGUDA, Haus der Maler und Bildhauers Israels Tel Aviv
1996 WERKFORUM DOTTERNHAUSEN BALINGEN GERMANY
1997 KERRYTOWN CONCERT HOUSE ANN ARBOR MICHIGAN USA
1998 KERRYTOWN CONCERT HOUSE ANN ARBOR MICHIGAN USA
1999 POWER CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS ANN ARBOR MI USA
2005 GALLERIA IL CASTELLO TRENTO ITALY
2007 GALERIE ARTEPICTURA KUESNACHT/ZURICH
GROUPE EXHIBITS (Selection)
1973 GALLERIE 5 GENF CH 1979 HAUS DER KUNST MÜNCHEN
1979 GALERIE BÜRDEKE ZÜRICH CH 1979 GALERIE WALDSTÄTTEN CH
1981 FUNDACOMUN CARACAS VENEZUELA
1982 BIENNALE FOR GRAPHICS AND DRAWING - NATIONAL GALLERY CARACAS
1983 " TRES EN UNO" SALA MENDOZA CARACAS VENEZUELA
•SALON IBEROAMERICANO DE DIBUJO -MUSEO DE LA RINCONADA CARACAS
1989- 7 ARTISTS FROM SWITZERLAND HERZLYA MUSEUM ISRAEL
1992/93 GALERIE PALLETTE ZÜRICH SWITZERLAND
1996 GALERIE ROSWITHA HAFTMANN ZÜRICH SWITZERLAND
1998 GALERIE ANNEMARIE ANDERSEN ZÜRICH SWITZERLAND
1999 WERKFORUM DOTTERNHAUSEN ZEMENTKUNST BALINGEN GE
2000/01/02/03 RIVER GALLERY CHELSEA MICHIGAN USA
2001 ART FORUM MONTREUX SWITZERLAND
2003/04/05/06 GALLERIA „ Il CASTELLO " TRENTO ITALY