De Es Schwertberger - Austria



De Es Schwertberger was born in 1942 in Gresten, Lower Austria, in a family of teachers. He studied the painting technique of the Old Masters in Vienna with Ernst Fuchs and is an independent artist since 1962. De Es lived three years in Switzerland and twelve years in New York City. He resides and works again in Vienna since 1986. Numerous shows and publications.

Lightsearch: 1960-1970
Graduated in 1961 from an engineering school in Vienna. Study of the painting technique of the Old Masters with Ernst Fuchs. First one-man show in 1964, IDEAS OF TRUTH. Lives in Solothurn in Switzerland from 1968-1972. New painterly impulses from the exploration of the silk-screen technique. IDEAS OF CONSCIOUSNESS EXPANSION lead to the STONE-PERIOD.

The Stone and The Light: 1970-1980
Assistant to Professor Ernst Fuchs at the Summer Academy in Reichenau in 1973. Series of shows in Vienna and throughout Europe. Moves to Soho, New York, 1975. The Stone-Period culminates in the triptych THE JOINING 1977 and ends in the series of TIME PORTALS. Publications in the Magazine Omni. Opens a GALLERY FOR TRANSFORMATIVE ART (Studio Planet Earth) in 1979.

Transformation and the Dome of Peace: 1980-1990
Starts to work on a cycle of 100 paintings (each 2m x 2m) for the Gesamtkunstwerk DOME OF PEACE. Publication of THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE. Moves back to Vienna in 1986, adaption of THE SINNREICH as studio and gallery. First sculptures: THE PLANETARIAN COUPLE (1987 to 1989). Completion of the DOME OF PEACE CYCLE.

The Skin of the Earth: 1990-2000
Outdoor exhibition of fourty PLANETARIANS (painted sculptures) on the Gurten Mountain in Bern, Switzerland in 1991. Publication of HEAVY LIGHT (Morpheus) in 1993. Nature, Structure, and Wave become the major words in the image language of this period. To celebrate the new millenium De Es produced another 100 Planetarians, which appeared "Am Himmel" in Vienna in 2000.

Archetextures: since 2000
As the result of the process of painting the Planetarian sculptures emerges a new dynamic style, which shows swarmlike formations of soul-figures, embedded in streaming energy-patterns and elemental space-systems. Very condensed basic stuff.

Artist's statement 2006

„My voice is in my paintings, telling stories of the journey of GETTING TO THE POINT, where THE INNER and THE OUTER, THE ONE and THE MANY, merge in peace. How close we are - ART can tell"


The artist considers himself to be a seeker, who shows what he has found through "the language of the images". His message of "meaning and transformation" finds clear and intense expression in his paintings through a precise use of space, light and texture. Schwertbergers themes evolve continously, thus reflecting the rapid transformations of the human „self-image".