Olaf Schneider

Bio

OLAF SCHNEIDER

Olaf Schneider (b.1964) is a husband, father of two, and grandfather of six. He studied at the Ontario College of Art as well as Sheridan College. In 1986, while painting large scale outdoor  advertising billboards for Mediacom Outdoor Advertising. He acquired a strong practical foundation that would become integral to his work today. Olaf is greatly inspired by mentor Ron Grieg, Norman Rockwell. For Olaf each piece represents an intense exploration and refinement of his personal pictorial sensitivities, especially as they relate to beauty, form, light, and shade. Composition, colour, and craftsmanship are all elements that become the building blocks of his work. Olaf is a prolific painter who is inspired by the power and diversity of the northern landscape, and anything that needs a “second look”. An explorer by nature, he travels across North America and Europe to gain inspiration.

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Artworks

CityScapes

LINES

oil on canvas

101×101 cm

CHRYSLER

oil on canvas

106×172 cm

GONDOLAS

oil on canvas

101×152 cm

GRAND CENTRAL VIEW

oil on canvas

101×152 cm

TORRE DE PISA

oil on canvas

101×152 cm

BURANO BRIDGE

oil on canvas

101×152 cm

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE 2

oil on canvas

91×136 cm

THE GOLDEN GATE

oil on canvas

91×136 cm

DUNDAS&MCCAULM, TORONTO

oil on canvas

101×101 cm

NYC

oil on canvas

101×152 cm

7THAVE

oil on canvas

81×137 cm

LADY DECO

oil on canvas

152×152 cm

LandScapes

WAITING FOR YOU

oil on canvas

101×152 cm

FOXPOINT FALLS

oil on canvas

101×172 cm

IN A WINTER MOOD

oil on canvas

76×101 cm

AUTUMN PALETT

oil on canvas

101×152 cm

TIME

oil on canvas

101×152 cm

THANKS GIVING

oil on canvas

101×152 cm

FLOWING COLORS AND FALL

oil on canvas

60×101 cm

RESTINGONGEORGIANBAY

oil on canvas

50×71 cm

LIVING THE DREAM

oil on canvas

76×101 cm

ALGONQUIN SUMMER

oil on canvas

60×91 cm

CONVERSATION PEACE

oil on canvas

101×167 cm

THE SECOND COMING

oil on canvas

76×152 cm

CINDERELLA

oil on canvas

30×40 cm

VICTORIA

oil on canvas

30×40 cm

CARMEL CREEK

oil on canvas

121×121 cm

OCTOBER

oil on canvas

106×172 cm

THATS THE WAY LOVE GOES

oil on canvas

60×86 cm

SLEEPY PINES

oil on canvas

24×91 cm

WHEN WE RETIRE AT NIGHT

oil on canvas

101×152 cm

AUTUMN GOLD

oil on canvas

91×106 cm

REFLECTIONS IN VENICE

oil on canvas

101×142 cm

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Olaf has a passion for a variety of subjects. Through his art, he expresses his
love for life and his affinity with vibrant colour.
“I like to use expressive and thick impasto brushstrokes or soft blended strokes
to render a sense of movement and texture giving the painting a life of its
own. My interpretation of colour also sets the dynamic mood. The tones often
range from the darkest to the lightest in an effort to achieve maximum
drama. This creative combination is spontaneous and intuitive.”
To keep his mind clear and focused, he limits his exposure to all the media ‘noise’
we generally are pummelled with daily. He does not watch TV and restricts his
time on the computer. He starts his day with God in prayer and meditation.
Painting 6 to10 hours a day is common practice. Equally important to Olaf is
continued growth and learning.
“I want to always have an open mind so that new ideas may come in. In the mind
of an expert, there are few possibilities, but in the mind of an amateur they
become endless. This is a God given gift and I value it greatly. If I am able to
bring emotion, understanding, comfort, or joy into another’s life then I am using it
wisely in His glory.

Philosophy
Art is a celebration of life, and the making of art is an expression of the sacred
spiritual discipline. If a painting could, for a moment, capture the attention and
awareness of the viewer through visual harmony, carry on a dialogue, bring the
viewer further than the call of the senses, beyond a momentary concern for the
past or future, to a timeless state free from thought and self consciousness. Then
the work has approached the realm of art, the realm of life. Art and money don’t
mix.

Events&Exibitions

Solo Exhibitions
2017 – Westmount Gallery, Toronto
2016 – Tilting at Windmills Gallery, Vermont
2016 – Broadway Galleries – Alexandria, Virginia
2015 – Westmount Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2015 – Woodbine Raceway
2015 – International Artist Magazine June issue
2014 – Cannes France
2005 – 2013 – Westmount Gallery, Toronto
2011 – Royal Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island
2009 – Mercedes Benz – Mississauga, Ontario
2009 – Homer Watson Gallery
2008 – Gallery DeLisle
2005 – Hummingbird Centre / Sony Centre
2004 – McMichael Gallery – Kleinburg
2003 – 2006 International Artists Magazine
1998 – 2004 Formula 1 – Montreal, Indianapolis

Group Exhibitions
2017 – Westmount Gallery, Toronto
2017 – Toronto Arts and Letters Club
2016 – Westmount Gallery, Toronto
2015 – Westmount Gallery, Toronto
2014 – Chapel St. Bernardin, Le Cannet, France
2014 – Le Cannet, Provence-Alpes-Cote D’Azur, France
2008 – 2013 – Westmount Gallery, Toronto
2013 – the Louvre, SNBA Salon, Paris, France
2009 – 2013 – Edgewood Orchard Gallery, WI.
2013 – Galerie Demante, Carmel California
2012 – The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists
2012 – Portrait Society of America
2011 – Thornwood Art Gallery – Houston, Texas
2011 – Canadian Heritage Art Gallery
2010 – 2013 Toronto International Art Fair
2010 – Canadian Heritage Art Gallery – Toronto
2010 – Thornwood Art Gallery – Houston, Texas
2009 – Boston International Art Fair
2007 – 2011 Miller Gallery – Cincinnati – Ohio
2007 – Scottsdale Art Gallery – Arizona
2006 – Kipling Gallery Woodbridge, Ontario
2006 – Manitou Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2006 – Latino America International
2004 – 2006 Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum
2002 – 2005 – Hummingbird Centre, Toronto
2000 – Living Arts Centre, Mississauga
1998 – 2002 Molson Indy – Toronto / Vancouver

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