Petronilla Hohenwarter. Chicago Residency and New Works Exhibition

Petronilla Hohenwarter. Chicago Residency and New Works Exhibition
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Petronilla Hohenwarter. Chicago Residency and New Works Exhibition

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German artist Petronilla Hohenwarter is a dedicated contemporary artist who has worked in the mediums of painting, drawing and digital work to communicate her view of the true Self to a global Community. Her work is highly energized, and is seen as a contemporary witness, it confirms – don’t think ~ just feel …
“Petronilla Hohenwarter’s work expresses a visual global language communicating strength, love, trust, loyalty, aliveness, awareness, energy, clarity, and vision. Values each one of us has within, and without. Her work is said to break down barriers. Some people call these barriers religions, philosophies, cultures or countries. Her work’s journey is to express the truth and authenticity each of us, as human beings possess. The colorful, emotional and pioneering ‘visual door openers’ found by studying Petronilla’s weighty catalogue of work lead us on an delightful expedition into our collective souls. Her pictures are abstract only on first sight. The essential reveals itself the longer I watch them, the deeper I allow myself to be drawn inside. And then they appear: the beings and faces, as if they would have crept in, emerging out of the depth, in order to appear on the surface through structures and colors.”  ––Stu Jolley, Filmmaker / Vienna
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Petronilla Hohenwarter’s residency at 33 Contemporary Gallery will culminate with a solo exhibition featuring the works created during her stay in Chicago.  The solo project reflects Chicago Artists Month’s theme of Crossing Borders. This is the first time that Petronilla’s series LOVE and QUO VADIS are showing together in one venue. These two series portray a philosophical statement which embraces the moment, the here and now, without limitations. LOVE encourages the viewers to stop and reflect upon the real meaning of this word. It gives the viewer the momentum of freedom. QUO VADIS reflects on our society and its focus on consumption rather than meeting the spiritual needs of one’s self and others. It encourages its viewers to access their own perceptions of the world and reclaim their integrity. The exhibition will take place at 33 Contemporary Gallery’s located in the lower level of the Zhou B Art Center.
About the Artist:
Petronilla Hohenwarter’s birthplace in Germany is not far from the Bavarian capital, Munich, and her studio is located in her hometown, Waldkirchen, deep in the Bavarian Forest close to the borders with Austria and the Czech Republic.  Nearby is Schiefweg, the birthplace of Emerenz Meier, one of the most important Bavarian authors who immigrated to America in 1906 and found a new home in Chicago.


Petronilla graduated from the Academy of Social Pedagogy in Passau (1986) and gained a further Certification in Traumatic Incident Reduction (1995-1997) after a private study of psychology in Munich. She worked in this field from 1987 to 1997 until a career break allowed her to go travelling in South East Asia where her life took a completely new direction. She was invited to become a guest student at the Faculty of Art at the University of Surakarta (1997-2000). There she joined several art classes in fine art (i.e., free painting, ceramic, installation, new media). Petronilla later attended selected modern painting classes in Europe to extend her knowledge and further her studies of Asian modern contemporary art.
Petronilla has followed her calling as an artist since 1997, continuing to travel internationally to widen her experience. She draws on both, local and international influences, to create her artwork. Petronilla also delivers her accumulated skills and knowledge through personal and business seminars, using her artworks as additional prompts to facilitate people in their personal development. Her work series LOVE explores the greater self and the divine spirit. The QUO VADIS series explores the human soul in society and the world today, both will be extended during her visit to Chicago.


Petronilla has received many awards over time, the earliest being in 2002 from the Bavarian State Ministry of Art, Research and Science, and most recently the Culture Award 2014 for her outstanding artistic work from the Kulturkreis e.v. District Freyung-Grafenau.

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About 33 Contemporary Gallery:

33 Contemporary Gallery is a Chicago-based fine arts gallery with ten years of experience. Our purpose is to represent, promote and facilitate collaborations through the gallery, online presence, mobile media and to provide our clientele (experienced and novice) with a fine selection of art works. We represent local, national and international emerging and established artists working in various media.

Event information:
Type of Event:  Art Opening
Exhibitions Dates:  October 17 to November 14, 2014
Opening Date/Reception: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
33 Contemporary Gallery. Zhou B Art Center 1029 W. 35th St, 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60609
Gallery Hours: Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm.
Contact:  708-837-4534 (Sergio Gomez)
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