The often bright and gestural paintings of Yvonne Robert result from an intuitive approach to color and composition. Her spontaneity of conception and dynamic gesture is void of complex references and their associated meanings. Instead she is steadfast in her commitment to universal concepts of form, mass, proportion, rhythm and structure, which constitute a common thread in her work. Above all, she is motivated by color, and her use of it is practiced and studied. Art, other artists and her environment are all constant sources of inspiration. Robert grew up in a family of artists and found home-life aesthetically stimulating and informative. She remembers her parents often discussing the notions of color and form, and she was fascinated by the patterns and motifs of the 1960’s that filled her home. These early influences perhaps motivated Robert to pursue a career initially in graphic design and subsequently in fine art, the origins of which certain motifs in her current work could possibly be traced. Importantly, however, when Robert observes her environment, she perceives color first and foremost – a person’s hair in combination with the color of their skin and their scarf, an old bike that someone has painted in a creamy light grey with a new brown leather seat; sheep in the pastures, the lake, the sky, the mountains; how different the shades of blue are that interplay with each other in the sky, and how endless the combinations seem. Yvonne Robert, born1972, grew up in Germany and has now lived in Zurich for several years. She has exhibited internationally in New York, Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Paris, Berlin and Zurich. Her work is held in private collections in the US, Spain, UK, France, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.