President of the International Jury
Mateusz Otręba was born in 1971, he lives in Cracow, Poland.
Otręba studied at the Faculty of Graphic Arts of the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow and graduated with honors from the Screen Process Studio under the supervision of Professor Andrzej Pietsch. He participated in many exhibitions of graphics and drawings in Poland and abroad including the International Triennial of Graphic Arts in Tczew and the International Print Triennial Jyväskylä “Graphica Creativa” (Finland). He is professor of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Krakow and is Member of the Board IX of the International Print Triennial Society in Kraków, Poland.
Vice President of the International Jury
Margarit Lehmann was born in 1958. She lives in Basel, Switzerland.
From 1985 to 2012 she lived in Barcelona, Spain.
Margarit Lehmann is a visual artist and curator, who also works with photography. She moved to Barcelona, Spain to study visual arts at the Art and Design centre Escola Massana, and later focused on printmaking at La Llotja, l'Escola Superior de Disseny i Art. While working as an independent artist, continued her studies in the faculty of philosophy at the University of Barcelona. Later, she studied digital photography at GrisArt, Escola superior de fotografía. In 2012, she moved to Basel, Switzerland. Together with Megan Adie, a musician and printmaker, Margarit Lehmann started Edition/Basel, a program for printmaking and cultural exchange, in 2013.
Herbert Maier was born in 1959 in Haslach / Black Forest, Germany.
Self-taught, he began his education in 1979. In parallel to this training, he developed a keen interest in travel, which he combined from the outset with his art. Following his first Rotary stipend in Paris in 1983, he moved to Freiburg im Breisgau in order to establish a private art academy with Chilean Professor Raul Bustamante. He was the chairman of the Professional Association of Visual Artists for the South Baden region from 1992 until 1994. Since 1994 he follows a teaching position for etching at the University of Education Freiburg. He set up and ran the »Künstler Werkstatt Mehlwaage« from 1994 until 2016 which became 2006 the »Künstler Werkstatt L6« in Freiburg im Breisgau from 2006 on, a printing workshop complete with an exhibition space for classical graphics and printing techniques. His project »who we are« A Visual Library with 500 watercolours was exhibited at the National Gallery of Armenia in Yerevan in 2018.
Lian Ng was born in 1966, he lives in San Francisco, USA.
Ng started his career as a graphic designer and has worked in corporate branding, print collateral, packaging, retail graphics and environmental design with brands such as Restoration Hardware, Uber and Nike. Ng’s printmaking practice includes Relief, Intaglio, Letterpress and Screen print. Participation in art residencies have included the Tipoteca Italiana, Italy; AGAlab, Amsterdam; Taller Experimental de Gráfica, Cuba; Druckwerk Basel, Switzerland and the Venice Printmaking Studio, Italy. Ng’s work has been recognized internationally and is in the permanent collection of public and private collections. His work is published in books, international trade and consumer magazines.
Sona Harutyunyan was born in 1971, she lives in Yerevan, Armenia.
Harutuynyan studied art history, Christian and classical archaeology at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany. She worked at the Modern Art Museum in Yerevan and wrote and published articles on art and culture for catalogues and the Armenian magazine "Actual Art". She oganized and curated numerous exhibitions, public art projects and various events involving both Armenian and international artists. After working as Advisor to the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Armenia, she was promoted to Head of the Department of Modern Art of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia. In 2012, Harutyunyan founded Foundation KulturDialog Armenien in Yerevan which aims at the dissemination of contemporary Armenian art in Armenia itself and abroad.