Frieda Hunziker

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Amsterdam 1908, Amsterdam 1966

Frieda Hunziker was born on the 17th of October 1908 in Amsterdam. She was a skilled painter and drawer/draftsman. Frieda finished her degree at the Rijksinstitute for art teachers/draftsman teachers  in Amsterdam in 1929 and from 1930 until shortly before her death in 1966, she taught many classes at various household and industrial schools in the Netherlands. As from the late 30’s she began her painting career. Her early work is characterized by a simplified, realistic style. Hunzikers work stands out in the exhibition ‘Kunst in Vrijheid’ (Art in Freedom) at the RijksMuseum in 1945, from artists who were not affiliated with the ‘Kultuurkamer’ (Chamber of Culture). A year later she exhibited with eleven other painters of the previous exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. She and the other exhibitors teamed up in 1947 to become the group ‘Vrije Beelden’ (Free Images). Hunziker was one of the most active members of that group. After a period of painting still lifes, which were increasingly stylized, Frieda grew towards complete abstraction in 1948 in which the imagination of the innerself was very important to her. Colors get their meaning by the power of the composition. After Frieda had stayed several weeks in Curaçao during the winter of 1951, a significant change occured within her working process. She left the geometrically abstract idiom and was guided clearly by the bright colors of tropical nature. With an intuitive sense of structure and surface division Frieda processed the acquired impressions. The constructive structure was maintained but her manner of painting became more personal and dynamic. Hunziker was considered in the 50’s and 60’s as a remarkable and progressive artist. She exhibited regularly at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and was well-known within the art society. At the end of the 50’s, the work of Frieda developed towards abstract expressionism in which the figurative element never completely disappears. Her latest works are vibrant and powerfully colorful and they exude the self-confidence and vitality of Frieda. She continued to paint when she became sick and even until her death in september 1966. Her color symphonies never got a gloomy character.

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