Claudia Comte

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Claudia Comte (born 1983 in Morges, Switzerland) is a Swiss artist.[1] Comte works in a variety of media including sculpture, engraving,[2][3] installation[4] murals and painting.[5][6]


Comte earned a B.A. in visual arts from École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ÉCAL), and an M.A. in science of education from Haute Ecole Pédagogique, Visual Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland.[7]


Saphira sculpture
Me We sculpture

Comte's artwork shows a wide range of influences that range from canonized artists, such as Brancusi and Jean Arp, to popular cartoons, like The Simpsons. She mixes the natural with the artificial, dissolving distinctions between what is considered intellectual and unsophisticated. In an interview with The Brooklyn Rail in 2015, Comte said she mixes classical themes with references to modern art, and then imparts her own voice on the form.[8]

Comte values the physical labor required to create her artwork. While in art school, Comte's classmates nicknamed her la tronçonneuse, Miss Chainsaw.[9] The chainsaw has been Comte's tool of choice. However, Comte has asserted that her chosen tool, "has nothing to do with feminism or any other political act."[8] Rather, it is the only tool that manipulates the material in the way she wants.[8]


Her artwork has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Zigzags and Diagnols, moCa Cleveland (2018); Swiss Performance Now, Kunsthalle Basel (2018), KölnSkulpture #9, Cologne (2017); La Ligne Claire, Basement Roma (2017); NOW I WON, Messeplatz, Art Basel (2017); 10 Rooms, 40 Walls, 1059 m2, Kunstmuseum Luzern (2017); DesertX, Palm Springs (2017); Catch The Tail By The Tiger, König Galerie, Berlin (2016); The Language of Things, Public Art Fund, New York (2016); Easy Heavy III, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2014); Sharp Sharp, If I were a rabbit, where would I keep my gloves?, BolteLang, Zurich (2013); and Elevation 1049, Gstaad (2013).[7]

  • 2019 I Have Grown Taller From Standing With Trees Copenhagen Contemporary, Denmark.[10]
  • 2019 The Cavern of Lost Dreams (nine characters). Gladstone Gallery, Brussels.[11]
  • 2022 Desert X AlUla. AlUla.[12]


Her work is included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Baltimore Museum of Art.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Claudia Comte - MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Archived from the original on 2018-02-08. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  2. ^ "14 Emerging Women Artists to Watch in 2017". artnet News. 21 December 2016. Archived from the original on 16 April 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Musée des beaux-arts - Claudia Comte". Musée des beaux-arts. Archived from the original on 2018-11-24. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  4. ^ "Claudia Comte – Big Bob, his square friend and their diamond totem - Credit Suisse". Archived from the original on 2019-04-16. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  5. ^ Cohen, Alina (19 February 2019). "These Women Artists are Transforming Gallery Walls with Incredible Murals". Artsy. Archived from the original on 16 April 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  6. ^ The Editors of ARTnews (16 January 2019). "Claudia Comte at Gladstone Gallery, New York". Archived from the original on 16 April 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  7. ^ a b "Claudia Comte - Gladstone Gallery". Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  8. ^ a b c Rooney, Kara L. (2015-03-05). "Labor Intensity Ursula Von Rydingsvard and Claudia Comte with Kara Rooney". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  9. ^ "Adam Jasper on Claudia Comte". Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  10. ^ "I Have Grown Taller From Standing With Trees". Artsy Net. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Claudia Comte". Gladstone Gallery. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Desert X AlUla". Desert X. Retrieved 7 February 2022.

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