Born in Munich, Germany, 1987. Lives and works in Zurich and Berlin.
Mathis Altmann is a multidisciplinary artist most well-known for his use of assemblage, a form of three-dimensional collage first explored by early modernists close to the Dada movement. This technique allows the artist to incorporate a limitless range of materials and objects from the world we live in, while carefully reconstructing them into a critique of the socio-political issues inherent in our post-digital consumerist society.
Altmann’s work is particularly focused on the ideals of the millennial generation. The latter is typically characterised as seeking a more authentic lifestyle based on eco-responsibility and the search for personal wellbeing. The artist explores this current in the context of the economic and social changes engendered by an increasingly tech-based society whose principal means of communication are digital. Altmann employs an ironic approach, allowing ambiguity and incompatibilities to co-exist and from which the viewers must draw their own conclusions.