Sibylle Szaggars was born in 1957 in Hamburg, Germany.
Painting and Sketching came to her naturally as a child. As a teenager she traveled extensively
with her family throughout Europe, Morocco and Malaysia. She already then started to admire the
depth and mystery of older cultures and traditions and would record her experiences through
painting and sketching.
She moved to London, England in the early 80’s where she rented her first painting studio
under the roof of a working warehouse in the lower east end of London. The space was shared
with many other artists who added some influence to her work. She then started exhibiting her work
in Group showings in Germany and England.
Eventually her travels would bring her to the USA in the late 80’s.
Her continued interest in old cultures and traditions would lead her to the mysteries of Native American
Culture. She found especial power and magnificence in the arid mesas of Arizona and the Hopi traditions.
In residence on the mesas for some time, she learned about Native Americans spiritual connections
to life, the land and the world and was deeply touched by it. The result of this experience was large series
of paintings which were marked with a spiritual resonance.
Szaggars moved to Utah full time in the early 90’s where she set up her painting studio in the mountain
village of Sundance.
Her developing concerns for the future of our environment let her become active within her work to warn
of the impending dangers of extinction.
Between 1994 and 1996 she created a number of large canvases which are painted statements about
our vanishing wilderness. That work not only represented her commitment to protecting the environment
but spoke of the camouflaged danger of denial.
In the year of 2000 Szaggars returned to Morocco where she visited some ancient towns and villages along
the Draa Valley towards the Sahara Desert. There she was inspired by the almost silent beauty of women,
men and landscapes, the calm sensuality and almost sumptuous dignity of the human presence set against
an ancient time of history and tradition.
Her 2001 San Francisco Exhibition of painted oil sketches and photographs influenced by Morocco opened
just after 9/11.
The incident of 9/11 was shocking and confusing to Szaggars and during 2002 and 2003 she created a new
series of lushly painted oil studies of flowers and vases. A flower in a vase became an act of peace and
poetry in a time of bombardment. Vases and Vessels hold the living. But even that which holds is fragile
and it is a timely reminder that suggests the precariousness of containment.
In 2004 Szaggars started to create large painted abstracts as well as abstract water colors. In this powerful
series she breaks free from any confinement and she describes this work as “non figurative inventions that
carry no symbolic burden”. The large scale paintings have been exhibited at the 2008 International Music
Festival in Cortona, Italy and Singapore.
Since 2010 Szaggars is also experimenting with the element of rain and watercolor. She created a sculpture
installation and wall hangings as well as video that is showing the process. Part of this work has been shown
for the first time in 2011 in the Principality of Monaco and France to raise funds for the foundations of HRH
Princes of Caroline of Hanover and Monaco.
Szaggars has exhibited internationally in German, England, Italy, USA, Peru, Japan, Singapore, Monaco
She is represented by Ernesto Mayans Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Linda Fairchild Contemporary
Art, San Francisco, California and Galerie du Form Kamil in Manaco
THIS BODY OF WORK REPRESENTS THE TIME I SPENT AT OUR HOME IN THE HIGH DESERT
OF NEW MEXICO WHERE WE ARE BLESSED WITH HEAVY AFTERNOON MONSOON RAINS.
THE IDEA TO COMBINE THESE HEAVENLY SHOWERS WITH NMY ART WAS BORN.
HAVING WORKED WITH WATERCOLOR FOR SOME TIME, I DECIDED TO REVERSE THE
INTO WET WATERCOLOR APPROACHED BY APPLYING PIGMENT DIRECTLY TO DRY PAPER
AND THENINVITING THESE RAINSHOWERS TO BECOME THE INSTIGATOR OF THE PAINTINGS
YOU SEE IN THE COLLECTION.
TO UNDERLINE THE PROCESS AND TO SHOW WHAT HEAVY RAIN OR DRIZZLE CAN CREATE I
DOCUMENTED THIS PROCESS WITH A VIDEO.
Hamburg, Germany 1957
2008 The Shape of Color Festivale del Sole & Singapore Sun
Festival Cortona Italy & Singapore
2006 Wondrous Possibilities Joyce Gordon Gallery Oakland CA
2005 On the Brighter Side Ernesto Mayans Gallery Santa Fe NM
2003 Cries and Whispers Harley Bruce Gallery, Saint Helena CA
2001 Master Series Pan Pacific Hotel San Francisco CA
1996 Art Works INC Salt Lake City UT
1995 Kimball Art Center Park City UT
1994 Galeria Humareda Lima Peru
1994 Galerie Space 21 Tokoyo Japan
1994 Henriksen Butler Design Group Salt Lake City UT
1993 Jadeite Annex New York NY
1992 Kunstraum Neuss Duesseldorf Germany
1991 Commissioner & Mrs. Bradley Salt Lake City UT
2012 Niman Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Chateau des Terrasses, Cap d’ Ail, France
Chapiteau des Terrasses,Monaco
2011 Discrepancy: Living between War and Peace,
Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, CA
2011 New Beginnings Ernesto Mayans Gallery Santa Fe NM
2010 Out My Window Ernesto Mayans Gallery Santa Fe NM
2009 Vintage Works Ernesto Mayans Gallery Santa Fe NM
2007 Primal Elements Linda Fairchild Contemporary Art San Francisco CA
2005 Sundance Screening Toom Gallery Sundance Resort UT
2005 Napa Valley Museum Yountville CA
2003 Owings-Dewey Fine Art Santa Fe NM
2003 Joyce Gordon Gallery Oakland CA
1995 Meyer Gallery Park City UT
1995 Springville Art Museum Springville UT
1994 Dagen Bela Ortiz Galleria San Antonio TX
1991 Kunstraum Dresden Dresden Germany
1990 Contemporary Women Brixton England
1989 Gallerie im Theatre Operrettenhaus Hamburg Germany