Wednesday 13th - 17th October 2021

Harti is delighted to announce that he has been invited to exhibit at the 2021 START Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery in London this May. Following on from his highly successful solo exhibition ‘From Obfuscation to Lucidity’ in October 2020, Harti has been invited to join selected creatives from every continent to showcase his work to a global audience at the independent START Art Fair this spring.

Harti, otherwise known as Sascha Hartmann, has both Italian and German heritage, growing up in Italy and Switzerland and later marrying his Scottish wife and raising his family in Glasgow for some 17 years before moving to the British Isles - Jersey.  He has spent his life observing and studying the diversity and history of cultures and lifestyles from a religious, political and societal perspective. Harti’s innate questioning nature and thirst for knowledge and understanding of the human psyche led him to qualify as a clinical neuro psychologist from the University of Zurich.

As a musician and composer from a young age, Harti then extended his creative talents into the field of animation. Harti’s life-long professional interests and learning have culminated in an electrifying and truth-telling collection of art expressed on vast canvasses that capture and question the sense & meaning of life, God & belief systems, consciousness vs nothingness, our insignificance in the Universe and quintessentially our lost self.

Harti shows, through his work, that he is a master of layering. The aim: to stimulate, engage and challenge the viewer to peel back layers of their own mind is combined with the need to also entertain. Darkness and light, an overarching juxtaposition in Harti’s art works is played with on different levels: good versus evil and comedic pop art versus the manipulation of old Masters that, in itself, offers another playful layer, with its nod towards the mid 16th to 17th Century Tenebrism technique that uses extreme contrasts of light and dark in figurative compositions to heighten dramatic effect.

David Ciclitira, Founder of START Art Fair said: “One of the most exciting of START 2021’s discoveries is HARTI; an artist who has been dedicated to his practice for more than two decades and until now totally undiscovered.”

Fair Director of START Art Fair Grey Skipwith added: “The Artist HARTI perfectly represents START’s ethos of presenting international emerging talent. His practive, influences by his intercontinental heritage, professional career, politics and global cultural genre, has resulted in a body of unseen work that is 21st century commentary pop-art.”

As a storyteller, a truthsayer, a deep-thinker, Harti has waited 25 years to graphically convey his voice through his dramatic artistic commentaries, calling it ‘brain food in colour’.

Start Art Fair will take place from 13th - 17th October 2021 at Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, Kings Road, London.

For all media enquiries please contact either Jemima or Tessa M. + 44 (0) 7785 285242 E. tessa@hartmannmedia.co.uk or Gillian Anderson Price, Head of Partnerships Start Art Fair. M. + 44 (0) 77668 722 226 E. g.andersonprice@startartfair.com