Painters 2015

Sybille Bross

Gripped by the human form, Bross began painting nudes at the age of seventeen. And, infatuated with street life, social behaviour and anatomy, she paints bustling scenes in a perky palette marked by flecks of purple, blue and pink. With a jazzy dress-code and a funky way of life, the full-on “painting junkie” electrifies her audience with technically flawless images, brimming with colour and movement.

Bross spent three and a half years in France where she studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. “I painted nudes all the time there, every day. I didn’t have to look for my own models. There was always someone new to paint. Once we painted one of Picasso’s models, she was quite old.” Full of interesting stories, Bross is an archetypal artist, always making beautiful things.

Her eyes light up when she talks about the “tropical inspiration” on Lamu Island. “The people, the sound of the birds here, and the beautiful bougainvillea, they give me such a good feeling. My heart opens up when I see the colours. At home in Germany we close everything up, because it’s so cold outside, but here inside is outside; everything is so open. It is so wonderful.” Bross attended the Stuttgart State Academy of Art. Living in Leutenbach, close to Stuttgart, she regularly teaches a painting class. Bross has exhibited her artwork far and wide, in Germany, the Netherlands, Kenya, Moscow, Tajikistan, Poland and in the art fair in Shanghai, China. In the Netherlands she participated as an artist in residence in Hotel Spaander, Volendam in 2007, and in 2013 and 2015 at the Glory International Festival in Bergen aan Zee. She is a recurring artist at the Noordwijk Festival in Holland.