Concept and idea by:

My self developed style from 1993: OPTIK-DESIGN
My works have a biomorphic character. BioMorph is the unobstructed and liquid transformation from one form to another.

The concept of OPTIK-DESIGN presents the beholder with a confusing play of organic microstructures and technical macrostructures, in which the artist accomplishes a futuristically suggestive symbiosis between biological and technical elements. The drawings from 1993 visualise mental processes of change – in which music played a vital role.

Exhibition: OPTIK-DESIGN

Knight II, 2003
airbrush on canvas, 195 cm x 145 cm

biomorphic drawing, Waiter I, 11.09.1993
crayon on paper, Din A4

Waiter II, 2002
airbrush on canvas, 195 cm x 145 cm
Biomorph II, 1994 + 2009
airbrush on cardboard, 70 cm x 100 cm

biomorphic drawing, Biomorph I, 1993
crayon on paper, DIN A4

Biomorph III, 2002
airbrush on canvas, 280 cm x 280 cm

biomorphic drawing, Spacevision, 03.07.1993
crayon on paper, DIN A4

biomorphic drawing, Cybercity I, 14.03.1993
crayon on paper, DIN A4

Cybercity II, 2003
airbrush on canvas, 320 cm x 280 cm

Cybercity II, detail, 2003

Cybercity II, detail, 2003

Cybercity II, detail, 2003

Opening speech Vernissage

Susi Montoro
photo: R.Flucke

Video by Ralf Flucke
video download: 257MB / length: 00:04:16

Martina and Susi
photo: R.Flucke

Press release

Sparkling Ideas

Susanne Montoro shows parts of her “Optic-Design” work

for the first time in public

Biomorphic pictures in airbrush-technique

Exhibition: 30.08.2009 – 31.10.2009

Berlin, 09.09.2009
A real insider tip in Tempelhof: the artist Susanne Montoro (*1971) is presenting parts of her “Optik-Design” work in public for the first time. The sparkling ideas of the airbrush artist are to be seen at Pausini in Kaiserin-Augusta-Str. 78 until 31 October.

Susanne Montoro started to develop her special “Optik-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 1992 and grew up in Basel.

The concept of “Optik-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 colour 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 Pausini!
Admission is free.
For further information go to www.suanne-montoro.com

Press contact: aPRiori – Communication and Conception

Agency for press and public relations
Holger Wettingfeld
Journalist/ PR consultant (DAPR)
Werderstraße 25, 12103 Berlin
phone.: +49 (0)30 7061597, mobile: +49 (0)170 7054679

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

The history of Optikdesign:

I Susanne 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: “OPTIK–DESIGN“

In 1997 I registered 10 designs 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.