Alex Hanimann was born in Mörschwill, Switzerland, in 1955. He lives and works in St. Gallen.
Alex Hanimann is a collector and encyclopedist. On one hand, he exposes himself to the flood of images and texts that comes over us daily. On the other hand, he tries to grasp this abundance of references analytically and to bring a structure into it. To do this, he draws or redraws, sketches and copies whatever images he can find in our diverse media world. This transformation is often associated with simplification or abstraction.
In doing so, Hanimann places his work at the interface between existential cipher and anonymous sign, between representation and reality. Consequently, Hanimann has gathered together a huge fund of visual material, a personal archive that has grown since into an almost unmanageable continent.