Susi Montoro
Exhibition: OPTIK-DESIGN
in Pausini

30.08. – 31.10.2009

concept and idea by:

Optik-Design Montoro
Susi Montoro, “Knight“, 2009, airbrush on canvas, 1.95m x 1.45m
Optik-Design Kellner Optik-Design Biomorph
Kellner, Photo: S. Montoro Biomorph II, Photo: Michael Wartmann
Susi Montoro Optik Design Optikdeisgn Montoro
S. Montoro, Photo: Ralf Flucke Susi u. Martina, Photo: Ralf Flucke
zur Galerie

Interview Susanne Montoro

Ralf Flucke
Opening Speech
in Pausini 30.08.2009

Kaffeebar* Bistro* Catering
Kaiserin-Augusta-Str. 78
12103 Berlin

Sparkling Ideas
Susanne Montoro is publicly exhibiting parts
of her “Optic-Design” work
for the first time
Biomorphic pictures in airbrush technique
Exhibition at Café Pausini until 31 October

Berlin, 9 September 2009

A real insider tip in Tempelhof: the artist Susanne Montoro is presenting parts of her “Optic-Design” work in public for the first time. The sparkling ideas of the airbrush artist are to be seen at Café Pausini in Kaiserin-Augusta- Str. 78 until 31 October.

Susanne Montoro started to develop her special Optic-Design style at the beginning of the 90s. “But only now has the right time come”, according to the Swiss artist, who has been living in Berlin since 1991 and grew up in Basel.

The concept of “Optic-Design” presents the beholder with a confusing play of organic microstructures and technical macrostructures, in which the 37 year old artist accomplishes a futuristically suggestive symbiosis between biological and technical elements. The role models of the “Berliner-by-choice” include, in addition to the “Alien” creator H.R. Giger, especially the drawer M.C. Escher and the Op-Art artist Victor Vasarely. And the relationship to the masters of shifting perception and spatial illusions is almost physically perceptible for the observer. The biomorphic artworks appear like a snapshot of a dynamic process.
The powerful color application of the airbrush technique enforces the impression of a continuous change in the pieces of art. Fascinating, elusive structures; a synthesis of biology, technology and architecture on the search for its own form.

However, the premise for this artistry is proficiency in the art form itself – the airbrush technique. The clients of Susanne Montoro include the sports car manufacturer Ferrari, as well as the German Parliament. A speciality of Susanne Montoro is the artistic spraying of helmet-like headpieces. In this area she has gained cult status in various sports, be it with motorcyclists or ice hockey players of the Berlin Capitals.

Even Hollywood has woken up to the Swiss artist with Spanish origins. In 2005 she demonstrated her artistry in the Warner Bros. Production “V for Vendetta”. In the Wachowski brothers’ award-winning Matrix successor she created the distinctive porcelain mask of the leading actor Hugo Weaving. Most recently, her special color applications were to be seen in the Hollywood film “Speed Racer”.

The exhibition is open for visitors during the opening hours of Café Pausini! Admission is free. For further information go to

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here is a brief insight into the inception of “OPTIK-DESIGN“

The history of  OPTIK-DESIGN:

I Susi Montoro, was born in Basel (Switzerland) in 1971 and moved to Berlin in 1992 to become a freelance Airbrush Artist. I took an immediate liking to the city and it has been inspiring me deeply ever since. Berlin is a hustling and bustling city, which has imbued me with tremendous inspiration in my individual art work, which also finds a creative outlet in my professional projects.

The Nineties

At the start of the 90`s I was particularly impressioned and fascinated by the creativity becoming manifested in the Berlin music scene. The new and progressive styles of music went straight under my skin. I let the fast rhythms flow through my crayons and produced countless imaginative sketches. I would start with only circles and lines, very simple, pure intuitive.

At first, a fine, transparent “chaos“ becomes visible. But after a while I start to see objects, streets, bridges and paths in it. Every structure (just like building blocks) that I recognise gradually, becomes more and more highlighted.


The picture evolves everywhere simultaneously due to my original technique. There are no wrong lines, I do not erase anything. All lines are part of the picture as well as the whole concept.

My most precious drafts have been created by this style of  “recognising“ things. Even though not depicting any external reality, everyday and familiar objects become visible through the netlike and desired construction. What is eventually perceived and emerges always depends on the individual`s fantasy and current mood.

In 1993 it became obvious that my newly developed style needed a name of itself:

In 1997 I registered it at the German patent office.

Between 1998 and 2004, I chose my best drafts and recreated them on big canvasses (1.95m x 1.45m ; 2.80m x 2.80m ; 2.80m x 3.20m) by employing my unusual Airbrush technique.

gallery optik