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Born in Lucerne in 1958 where he now lives and works, Markus Döbeli is an abstract painter whose practice is characterized by a singularity of vision which dates back to his student years during the 1980’s, first at the School for Art and Design in Lucerne, Switzerland and then at the State Art Academy, Düsseldorf from which he graduated in 1987. Working primarily on very large canvases which flirt with the expanse of the wall, Döbeli's works are constructed  from multiple semi-transparent layers. These fields of colour have no contours or borders and even when they can be seen to give rise to forms these emerge suddenly and almost instantly disappear again giving his works an elusive but nevertheless arresting character.