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Yo-Xarek Wolter first came to public notice in 1982 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where as a pavement artist he produced large-scale works which already demonstrated his use of symbols and his need to communicate by means of natural elements.

Trained as a decorator he was unable to follow this career for long; a serious illness forced him to reconsider his life.  He therefore immersed himself completely in social work as a care helper for elderly or handicapped people in Lausanne and then in Basel, where he resurfaced in the art world when a group exhibition gave him an opportunity to show his pictures.  That was the beginning of his career.

Without ever stopping painting and exhibiting, Yo-Xarek worked for 14 years in health care, returned to decoration for a while and also operated a cinema before going back to French Switzerland.  There in 1997 he turned professional and held two successful exhibitions in Berne.

He was very active on and around the Riviera Vaudoise.  In 2000, he created the Association Romande pour la Valorisation des Arts (ARVA) of which he held the presidency until the end of 2007, and is now honorary president.  This association aims to facilitate contacts between artists and to promote the sharing of their artistic experimentation.  He is also a member of the Académie Européenne des Arts (AEA) and was awarded a prize by the Académie Parisienne Arts-Sciences-Lettres.

His friendship with the Swiss painter Ernst Fuchs enabled him to move towards the abstract and in 2003 he created what he called CD-Art by incorporating broken pieces of CD disk or glass into abstract compositions.

His vision and his techniques are in a state of constant evolution.  Oils are his favourite medium, but he nevertheless enjoys letting himself be guided by his materials:  the surreal makes way for the abstract, then blends with the glitter of CDs and glass, sand and acrylic paint.

He holds exhibitions in Galleries not only in Switzerland but also in France, Germany and Austria; prizes and awards received particularly in France have encouraged him in this direction.  He enjoys working in public at art shows and demonstrations.

Yo-Xarek is an artist of the new energy; his original creations constantly invite us to escape, to dream, to take flight, to see the world differently.  His primary interest now lies in abstract compositions made up of a mixture of different materials into which are incorporated broken and shattered CDs, arranged in such a way that under suitable lighting a really striking effect is achieved.  This fusion of the surrealist style with abstract composition presents him with new creative opportunities.

Interstellar space and dreams are the principal themes of his work and are aimed at opening new horizons and carrying the observer ever further into the world of the imagination.

English Translation: R.Henderson





Prize in Literature:

2019 : PARIS : Prix du Jury Ecritoire & Encrier pour "En apesanteur", nouvelle

2018 : ITALIE, Valdobbiadene, Trévise, : Prix "El Sil", AEA, pour "Danse ta vie" poème

2018 : PARIS : Prix Ecritoire & Encrier pour "Dernier Voyage", nouvelle

2017 : PARIS : Mention spéciale du Jury pour "Killer", nouvelle

2017 : PARIS : Prix de Paris, Ecritoire & Encrier pour "Harmonices Mundi", poème

2017 : ITALIE, Valdobbiadene, Trévise, : 1er Prix, AEA, pour "Le Pont des Arts" texte

2016 : VAUD, Moudon : Distinction pour "Le Vieil Anselme" nouvelle

2015 : PARIS : Prix littéraire  "Ecritoire et Encrier" pour "Le jeu de dés" nouvelle

2014 : GENÈVE, Meyrin : Mention du jury pour "Sous le Soleil" poème

2014 : VAUD : Prix du Public, ARVA, Vevey „La Paix Universelle“ poème

2013 : VAUD : Prix du Public, ARVA, Vevey „Qui Suis-Je ? “ poème

Prize in Painting :

2022 : Prix spécial de la ville d'Ornans, France

2022 : 2ème Prix, catégorie "Inspiration Courbet" La Tour-de-Peilz

2022 : 1er Prix du jury, catégorie Huile, Abondance, France 

2021 : 3ème Prix, catégorie Huile, Abondance, France

2020 : 1er Prix, catégorie Huile, Abondance, France

2017 : Prix d’Originalité Isabella Droz, Artephile, Estavayer-le-Lac

2017 : 2ème Prix, catégorie Huile Abondance, France

2016 : 1er Prix, catégorie Huile, Abondance, France

2015 : 1er Prix, catégorie Huile, Abondance, France

2014 : Prix Galerie, ACADEMIE EUROPEENNE des ARTS, Paris

2013 : "Prix du public jeune", salon d'Automne, COUBRON, France

2013 : Prix d’Originalité, + 5ème Prix, SEPTEMBRE PICTURAL, Estavayer-le-Lac

2012 : Prix Technique Mixte, ACADEMIE EUROPEENNE des ARTS, Paris

2010 : 1er Prix du Salon ARTS-INTER, “Créateurs du Siècle“ Dijon

2010: Diplôme de Médaille d'Or, Salon ARTS-INTER, “Créateurs du Siècle“  Lyon

2010 : 1er Prix de l’Affiche, LéZ'Arts sur la Muraille, Saillon, Valais

2009: Prix du Comité au Salon International de l’ACADEMIE EUROPEENNE des ARTS, Paris

2007 : 1er Prix de l’Affiche, LéZ'Arts sur la Muraille, Saillon, Valais

2006: Jet de Bronze, Art’Air 2006, Genève

2006: Prix du ‘Thème’, 20e Salon des Arts Plastiques, La Rochelle, France

2005: Prix du Salon, ACADEMIE EUROPEENNE des ARTS, Paris

2005: Lézard d'Or "Prix du Public" LeZ'Arts sur la Muraille, Saillon, Valais

2005: Diplôme de Médaille d'Argent nominé Vermeil, ARTS-INTER,Evian-les-Bains

2005: Diplôme de Médaille d'Argent, ARTS-SCIENCES-LETTRES, Paris

2004: "Prix du Public"expo collective : "Le fantastique" Galerie ART et MISS, Paris

2002: 1er Prix , concours de l'Office du Tourisme de Grimentz, Valais