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Claudia Katharina Lüthi alias Abdelghafar El Bana

Born 1967 in Zurich, Switzerland

Living in Switzerland

Education 2001-2004 studies at the New Art School in Zurich

I love to paint oil colours because they are smooth and I can paint in several coatings. So there is a threedimensional effect in my paintings.

I love colours to express the positive attitude to my live. I believe that there is all the time a door open when I believe it. There is no sence to see the negative things in live because all the peoble around me has also negative things in there live.

In 2006 I began to paint oilcolour on velvet. I like to play with the structure from the velvet. There is a special effect on the painting with velvet.

There were peoble telling me to paint abstract things than I would have the better chance to sell it. But I love to paint animals, to bring there soul and character on the canvas or velvet, to give them live that when you pass the painting you are just thinking: „ups, this animal has it moved?“ Also the landscapes and citiescapes have to live, I want really not to copy only fotos but that the peoble can smell the woods or the salt water of the sea, hear the sound of the birds and the hoofs galopping over the floor. Then I reached my goal.

I reach my goal when the painting is more vivid than the fotos, when the peoble stand there, look at and forget the time.

The story of my artist-name is a short marriage with an egyptian-man who had this name. It sounds special so I kept this name as my artist-name.


2019 Solo Exhibition in the rooms of the Municipality of Unterlunkhofen, Switzerland

2018/19 Solo Exhbition in Sky Valet, Lisbon, Portugal

2016 Artexpo New York

2016 Art Monaco

2016 Spectrum Miami

2015 Digital Exhibition at Artexpo New York

2015 Private exhibition in the Hotel Ritz Four Seasons in Lisbon organized through USIA

2014 Digital Exhibition at Spectrum Miami

2014 Exhibiton together with Francisco Lacerda in the Hotel Eurostar das Vetras in Lisbon, Portugal

2014 The power of perception at the S Space Gallery, New York

2014 „THE EXCLUSIVE EXHIBITION“ at Bulgary Hotel & Residences London

2014 Digital exhbition of my artworks in ALL INDIA CONTEMPORARY ART EXHBITION 2014

2013 Exhibition in the Broadway Gallery in New York

2013 Exhbition at the Gallery Flussreif in Berikon, Switzerland

2013 Exhbition at the garage Dubler in Wohlen Switzerland

2012 Parallax ART Fair, London

2012 Exhibition in the book shop Bodmer AG, Zurich

2011/2012 Exhibition in the restaurant Erushof, Bettwil Switzerland

2011 SIGNAL-IDUNA Businesstower in Mannheim, Germany, organised from the gallery Böhner.

2010 Exhibition in the rooms of the municipality in Buchs, Zurich

2010 Exhibition in the Hubraum in Buchs Kehrsatz

2008/09 Egli’s Horse Trend Shop, Hinwil ZH

2008/09 Restaurant Eintracht, Schafisheim

2007 Iftest AG, Wettingen

2005 Restaurant Sternen, Wettingen

2004 Restaurant Bergli, Bergdietikon

2004 In the rooms of the dentist Barna Bescek, Zurich


2015 Certificate of Excellence for being among the best 100 artist presented in the 13th online contect on

2015 Honoured mention as the top artist of the year 2015 through USIA

2014 Fine Art Competition „Conscious Creation 2014 Winner of a Honorable mention through Vivid Arts Network


2011 Participation for the International Contemporary Masters Vol. 5 from WWAB 2012 My own art book about the last 10 years

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