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Three photographic works by Bernd Sannwald are selected for the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition

Pressemitteilung   •   Aug 06, 2015 13:50 CEST

Munich art photographer’s works to be exhibited in New York in August

At the 30th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, held this year, artworks from all over the world receive the accolade of selection by a high-calibre jury. The many entries are narrowed down to a final 30 artists, whose works are exhibited at the prestigious Agora Gallery in Chelsea at the heart of New York. The Competition Exhibition will be held from 25 August to 8 September 2015; all artists and works in the exhibition can already be viewed on the Agora Gallery website. Three works from Bernd Sannwald’s series “Geheimnisvoll” (“Mysterious”) were accepted.

High-calibre art competition
The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is an annual event offering an outstanding opportunity for established and up-and-coming artists alike to present their art and further their artistic careers. Artists from all over the world enter paintings, sculpture, photography, prints and drawings for consideration by the impartial international jury. This year the panel members were Yuko Hasegawa, chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Ginevra Bria, curator from Milan, Ave Pildas, Californian photographer, Susan Whitney, Canadian art expert, Sebastien Pronovost, gallery director in New York City, Takao Tsutsumi, museum president in Tokyo und David Benrimon, gallery owner in New York City. “To be selected as one of the 30 best artists by this jury is an enormous honour and a recognition of my artistic career”, enthuses Bernd Sannwald.

Geheimnisvoll / Mysterious
Bernd Sannwald’s portraits present unusual and striking aspects of everyday objects, enigmatic structures and shapes that only reveal their true nature after a second or even third examination, focusing on subjects that would otherwise remain unnoticed. The jury at the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition was convinced by Bernd Sannwald’s photographic works “Lilien”, “Décapité” and “Marokko”.

Anyone unable to attend the exhibition opening at the Agora Gallery on 27 August 2015 in person are warmly invited to take a virtual tour at

Bernd Sannwald | Art Photographer, Munich

Photography has been part of Bernd Sannwald’s life since his early youth. Although art retreated into the background during his study of biology and medicine and establishment of a psychotherapy practice, he returned some years ago to devoting himself intensely to his artistic passion.

In 2011 Bernd Sannwald set up a photographic studio in Solln, a district of Munich, and joined the artists’ association "Künstlerkreis Münchner Süden". The 20-plus members organise a major joint exhibition of new work annually, reviving the tradition of Solln as an artists’ colony. Bernd Sannwald received the general public award at the Autumn 2014 exhibition.

Bernd Sannwald’s works present enigmatic views of everyday objects, mysterious structures and shapes that only reveal their true nature after a second or even third examination, and turns the spotlight on objects that would otherwise have gone ignored. He uses light to paint images, capturing mysterious simulacra of his perceptions – a section, an unusual perspective, a play of light and shadow or a reflection.

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