Hugo Schaer was born in 1952 in Lucerne, Switzerland. Schooling at the Teachers’ College Hitzkirch, classes at the School of Design in Lucerne, studies at the Académie Grand Chaumière in Paris. From 1980 on: exhibitions, productions and art projects in Switzerland and abroad.
1991 Construction of the studio house “Herber” in Giswil (CH). 1995 marriage to Iryna Tkachenko, since then studio in Kyiv (UA). Besides painting, objects, art in public spaces and interdisciplinary art projects, since 1997 video work.
From 1996 – 2000 member of the Governing Board of GSMBA, Society of Swiss of Painters, Sculptors, and Architects.
2000 – 2005 as Art Director for Steiner Sarnen Schweiz, Hugo Schaer plans brandlands, museums and exhibitions.
2005 Hugo and Iryna leave Switzerland and settle in Odessa. Founded the company SCHAERODESSA. From 2005 – 2009, the overall concept and realization of the wine tourism centre, “WINE CULTURE CENTRE SHABO”, which has been awarded many prizes.
2012 Construction of the studio house “Casa dell`Arte” in Vasia, Liguria (IT).
2012/2013 Concept for the Russian winery “Abrau Durso” (RU) and the National Maritime Museum Odessa (UA).
Since 2014, wooden sculptures and ceramics in cooperation with the “Fabbrica Ceramiche Giuseppe Mazzotti 1903″ in Albisola.
2016 Conception of the Museum WINE CENTRE SAPERAVI, Georgia.
29. July 2016 retired, closure of SCHAERODESSA. Back to free art!
Iryna Schaer-Tkachenko was born in Kyiv, Ukraine.
She studied music at the Zhukovsky School and economics at the Ukrainian National Technological University in Kyiv. In 1991 she got doctoral degree in economics and in 1995 became the associate professor (docent) at the Economy and Management Department of the above University. In 1995 she obtained the scholarship at the University Purdu in the USA (international marketing, strategic management).
In 1995 she married swiss painter Hugo Schaer and up to 2005 lived and worked in Switzerland. She completed a postgraduate degree in economic information science at High Economic School, University of Lucerne. Since 2000, she has arranged and carried out cultural tours into Ukraine. She has organised projects of cultural exchange between Ukraine and Switzerland, Germany and Italy. She has worked as the production manager of Hugo Sсhаer’s video art and film projects.
In 2005 she became an executive producer for “filmodessa”. Together with Hugo Schaer implemented various film projects including their own production of “The Odessa Trilogy”.
Since 2005 co-founder of SCHAERODESSA.