Sarah Albisser was born in Switzerland 1976. She completed her studies as a contemporary dancer in 1996 at the Merce Cunningham Studio in New York. Her career as an independent dancer and choreographer includes founding the dance theatre company Waterproof in 2001. The company has had successful performances in Switzerland and International with awards in 2002 and 2003 for her work as a dancer and choreographer.

She received a certificate in art from Farbmuehle in Lucerne, Switzerland in 2006 followed by a one year painting course at the Art Station in Auckland, New Zealand. Since then Sarah has been developing her style and technique. Her artwork has been exhibited in Switzerland, New Zealand and Los Angeles and is being held in private collections around the world.

I have been experimenting with black and white portraits over the past ten years. Fascination with faces, expressions, body and gesture has been a life long experience for me. In my work I capture feelings, moods and mental states. Our character is reflected through small, individual, unique but significant gestures which can change over time or sometimes even get stronger. In the past I have never used images or photos of faces, most of my portraits are developed through improvisation. Working with the same theme over a long period of time has given me a wider view of possibilities. My work is inspired by strong female characters, who are original, have a powerful presence.

Black and White

We see the world in colour and thus reality is connected with the presence of colour. Consequently, a black and white image tends to distance us from the accurate depiction of reality and transfer the viewer to a kingdom of abstraction, reducing the image to pure tones, lines and forms. George Gigalakis

Galleries in New Zealand where my art is exhibited and for sale throughout the year.

- Ora Gallery, Wellington City,

- Artspace Gallery, Petone Wellington

- The Art Lounge NZ, Tauranga

- Artbay Gallery, Queenstown

- Soul Gallery, Hamilton

- Soeur Design, Martinborough


Upcoming Exhibitions 2019

- Art launch / Gin tasting, September 5th at The Whistling Sisters in Wellington. One of my artwork has been chosen by The National Distillery to be the Label of their next Gin Bottle.

- Group Show at the Santa Monica Art Studios in Los Angeles, Kiwis in LA, October 5th


- 2019 New Zealand Art Show 2019, May 31st- 3rd of June, ASB Arena, Wellington

- 2019 FOCUS Group Exhibition at Ora Gallery, 23 Allan Street, Wellington, Thursday 28th of March 5-7pm

- 2019 SOLO Exhibition sponsored by The Embassy of Switzerland March 6th ash The Whistling Sisters, Wellington

- 2018/19 Solo 45, Academy of Fine Art in Wellington, the opening is Friday 7th of December and runs until January 13th

- 2018 New Zealand Art Show 2018, 1st - 4th of June, TSB Arena, Wellington

- 2018 Air New Zealand Kiwis in LA Art Show, November at the Santa Monica Art Studios, Los Angeles

- 2018  Artspace Gallery, Art opening, May 5th, 2-5pm with live jazz music 

- 2018 The Art Lounge NZ, in Tauranga, New Zealand

- 2017 Art Expo Center in Long Beach, group exhibition, Los Angeles

- 2017 Wonder Woman Tech, Convention Centre Long Beach, Los Angeles

- 2017 New Zealand Art Show in Wellington, 2nd - 5th of June

- 2017 The Social List, Long Beach, Los Angeles

- 2017 The Art Lounge Gallery,  Tauranga

- 2016 Air New Zealand, Kiwis in LA Art Show at the Santa Monica Art Studios, Los Angeles

- 2016 NZ Art Show, Single Artist Wall, TSB Arena, Wellington

- 2016 Group Exhibition at Soul Gallery, Hamilton

- 2016 Solo Exhibition at Artspace Gallery in Petone, Wellington

- 2016 Solo Exhibtion, White Room Co. Palmerston North

- 2015 Solo Exhibition at Artspace Gallery,  Wellington

- 2015 Single Artist Wall, NZ Art Show Wellington

- 2014 Soul Gallery, Hamilton

- 2014 Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington

- 2014 Single Artist Wall, NZ Art Show Wellington

- 2013 Cobar Restaurant in Days Bay, Eastbourne

- 2013 Art Bay Gallery, Queenstown

- 2013 Single Artist Wall, NZ Art Show , Wellington

- 2013 Tuttiart Gallery Lucerne, Switzerland

- 2012 Exgibition at Designmade, Wellington

- 2012 Combined exhibition with Paul Albisser at Kunstkeramik Lucerne, Switzerland

- 2012 Combined exhibition at the Thistle Hall, Wellington

- 2011 Group exhibition, House of Hedone, Auckland

- 2010 Transfacing, combined exhibition, Art Gallery Waiheke Island

- 2008 Group exhibition at Art Station, Auckland