Amsterdam, 1972. Lives and works in Amsterdam

My paintings are based on a playful and associative way of looking at everyday events. Rooted in personal experience and imagination, objects, body parts, people, and animals are made to act in ways that do not occur in reality. Trivial situations easily get out of hand and lead to poetic, bizarre or humorous images.
Dutch painter Micha Patiniott’s figurative works are in a class of their own. There are many recurring themes in Patiniott’s work. Some refer to the creative arts: we see canvasses, paint brushes, and pencils, but also references to writing and music. Other ideas are more elusive, such as a swan with a neck like a siphon, a blade of grass pissing in water, or a clearing in a gloomy forest. Often there is just one thing ‘happening’, something absurd which we can relate to nonetheless.  

Patiniott’s recent paintings are scarcer and more still than before. The human figure is often absent, the subject is often pushed to the edge of the canvas or subtly sketched in a few brush strokes, leaving all the more to the imagination. A whif of Romanticism presents itself in the colours and the light. Dusky or airy, rosy pink or muddy – the reception of the ideas cannot be separated from the atmosphere of the painting and, indeed, the painterly quality of the works. Comically surreal yet devoid of irony, Patiniott’s works are much more than just ideas - they’re paintings