Neil Enggist

Neil Enggist
Neil Enggist (1982) of Swiss and Taiwanese descent, was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey. His father was a stained glass artist and mother worked for the state. Growing up, Enggist drew, played soccer and saxophone. He studied fine arts at Washington University in St. Louis and Santa Reparata in Florence. For the next 20 years he followed the great performances of color into the mountains, canyons, coastlines, and rivers across the US, Europe, China, and India. His ‘Nature action paintings’ arc composed within a system of nature, performing ecologically harmonic phrases in a tidal conversation between human spirit and the wild.

Enggist carned his MFA at San Francisco Art Institute in 2016 where he made paintings on steel in the tidal zones of the Bay Arca incorporating ideas of performance and sculpture embedded in the earth art movement. Enggist has participated in a number of art residencies including the Lucid Art Foundation in Point Reyes, CA, and journeyed to the land of his grandmother to paint in Shanghai and the Yellow Mountains in 2019.

Through his travels, Enggist developed a body of painting and poetry shown in New York, Milan, Mumbai, Luzern, and Paris. Along the way he saw Bob Dylan in concert around 40 times. During Several summers he worked with master gardener, Andre Ammann, realizing landscape projects around Luzern. In 2020 Enggist painted between NJ and SF, painting in the Sequoia forest, Lands End, Yosemite, Trinity River, Big Sur, the Central Valley, writing a book of mystical Love poetry.

He currently paints and makes stained glass in Taos, New Mexico with his wife, artist Ziggy Khan, working together on a multi-media album weaving memory, music, painting, skiing, meditation, and poetry inspired by Japanese tanka, also painting and showing in Switzerland and Italy.