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Martin Panchaud



Martin Panchaud

Martin Panchaud was born in 1982 in Geneva (Switzerland) and has been living in Zurich for a few years now. Author- graphic novelist, he has produced several publications, large narrative formats and computer graphics, in a unique visual style.

His dyslexia was a hindrance that significantly impacted his schooling. It made him place reading, as well as the interpretation of shapes and their meanings, at the center of his research, and prompted him to choose a very particular style to express his creativity and to tell stories. 

Thanks to his work, he received several prizes and awards, and carried out artistic residencies in order to develop his creative projects. Exhibited in various cultural establishments in Europe, such as the Barbican Centre in London and the Onassis Stegi Cultural Centre in Athens, he particularly stood out for his impressive work called SWANH.NET, a 123-metre-long illustrated adaptation of Star Wars Episode IV, published in 2016.

His first graphic novel, called La Couleur Des Choses, a 240-page book published in German by Edition Moderne, is released in 2020. 

Side activity
Founder of CreativeQuest.co
Co-founder of the association l’Octopode
Member of Visarte
Member of SSA
Member of ProLitteris


2021 — Flip book, 50 pages, Literaturhaus, Vorarlberg, AT
2020 — Die Farbe der Dinge, 230 pages, Edition Moderne, CH
2019 — Durchquerung, 7 pages, Strapazin #134, CH
2017 — Die Farbe der Dinge, 13 pages, Strapazin #128, CH
2017— Into the Unknown, exhibition catalogue, Barbican International Enterprises, UK
2016 — Portraits 1-4, serigraph, 69 x 69 cm
2016— swanh.net, adaptation of Star Wars Episode IV, 27 x 12’307 cm
2016— Documentaire fictif pour FSD, 4 pages, CH
2015 — Infographic Design in Media, 2 pages, Image Publishing, CHN
2014 — Internet, Wo ist sein Haus ?, 7 pages, Strapazin #115, CH
2014— Buying, Selling and Usufruct, 9 pages, Der Pfeil #4, DE
2013 — 22nd Victory, grand format narratif, 400 x 120 cm
2010 — Décomposition Psychique, grand format narratif, 137 x 120 cm
2009 — Bernard Van Deik, Jardin, 13 pages, L’Octopode, CH
2003 — K and other novels, 12 pages, Le Troglodyte, L’Octopode, CH

Solo exhibitions 

2022 — Karin Sachs Gallery, Munich, D
2020 — ALTEN KASERNE, Winterthour, CH

Group exhibitions

2020 – 2021 — Graphic Novel mit Battle of Print, Wilhelm Wagenfeld House, Brême, D
2020 — Un autre monde… possible, Catherine Niederhauser Gallery, Lausanne, CH
2019 — Fumetto Satellites, 041 IG Kultur, Luzern, CH
2019 — Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction, Kunsthal Rotterdam, NL
2019 — Into the Unknown: (…), BRANDTS, Odense, DK
2018 — Into the Unknown: (…), Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, GR
2017 — Into the Unknown: (…), Barbican Centre, London, GB
2016 — BANG! Evolution de la bande dessinée à Genève, Le Commun, Geneva, CH
2014 — Competition of City of Geneva Scholarships, Centre for Contemporary Art, Geneva, CH
2012 – 2011 — CFPAA, Geneva, CH
2010 — Jardin, Villa Bernasconi, Geneva, CH
2009 — Swiss Embassy, Paris, F
2004 — Le Troglodyte, Sion, Tramelan, Fribourg, CH

Awards / Residences / Grant

2021 — ICMA Award, Innovative book ideas – Silver, INT
2021 — Comic Creation Grant, ProHelvetia, CH
2021 — Prix suisse du livre jeunesse, Schweizer Kinder-undJugend-buchpreis, CH
2021 — Cité Internationale des Arts, residence, Paris, Kantons Zürich, CH
2021 — Arbeitsstipendium Covid 19, Stadt Zürich, CH
2020 — Die besten Comics des Jahres 2020, Tagesspiegel, D
2020 — Best Swiss Comic Debut Work Award, Delémont’BD Festival, CH
2020 — Literature Award by the City of Zurich, CH
2020 — Max und Moritz Prize, Nominee for Best International Comic, DE
2018 — Literaturförderung des Kantons Zürich, CH
2018 — Comic-stipendien der deutschschweizer städte, Förderpreis, CH
2016 — Grant, Contribution to the creation, ProHelvetia, CH
2016 — Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards, Kantar, – Silver,  INT
2016 — 366 Award, Creative Chair, UK
2014 — Bourses Berthoud, Lissignol-Chevalier et Galland, Geneva, CH
2013 — Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, residence, city of Geneva, CH
2012 — Young Comic Art Award by the canton of Geneva, CH
2011 — Aid to Creation grant awarded by the City of Geneva, CH


2021 — Martin Panchaud — Die Farbe der Dinge, Literaturhaus Zürich (CH)
2017 — Martin Panchaud et les nouveaux langages de la science fiction,
Salon francophone, ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule Angewandte
Wissenschaften, Winterthur (CH)