• Female
    • Painter
    • Drawer
    • Illustrator


    USIA Portugal
    Maite Rodriguez, Spain

    About the artist

    Personal details

    Claudia Katharina Lüthi alias Abdelghafar El Bana

    Born 1967 in Zurich, Switzerland

    Living in Switzerland

    Education 2001-2004 studies at the
    New Art School in Zurich

    I love to paint oil colours because they are smooth and I can paint in several coatings. So there is a threedimensional effect in my paintings.

    I love colours to express the positive attitude to my live. I believe that there is all the time a door open when I believe it. There is no sence to see the negative things in live because all the peoble around me has also negative things in there live.

    In 2006 I began to paint oilcolour on velvet. I like to play with the structure from the velvet. There is a special effect on the painting with velvet.

    There were peoble telling me to paint abstract things than I would have the better chance to sell it. But I love to paint animals, to bring there soul and character on the canvas or velvet, to give them live that when you pass the painting you are just thinking: „ups, this animal has it moved?“
    Also the landscapes and citiescapes have to live, I want really not to copy only fotos but that the peoble can smell the woods or the salt water of the sea, hear the sound of the birds and the hoofs galopping over the floor. Then I reached my goal.

    I reach my goal when the painting is more vivid than the fotos, when the peoble stand there, look at and forget the time.

    The story of my artist-name is a short marriage with an egyptian-man who had this name.
    It sounds special so I kept this name as my artist-name.


    2016 Artexpo New York

    2016 Art Monaco

    2016 Spectrum Miami

    2015 Digital Exhibition at Artexpo New York

    2015 Private exhibition in the Hotel Ritz Four Seasons in Lisbon organized through USIA

    2014 Digital Exhibition at Spectrum Miami

    2014 Exhibiton together with Francisco Lacerda in the Hotel Eurostar das Vetras in Lisbon, Portugal

    2014 The power of perception at the S Space Gallery, New York

    2014 „THE EXCLUSIVE EXHIBITION“ at Bulgary Hotel & Residences London

    2014 Digital exhbition of my artworks in

    2013 Exhibition in the Broadway Gallery in New York

    2013 Exhbition at the Gallery Flussreif in Berikon, Switzerland

    2013 Exhbition at the garage Dubler in Wohlen Switzerland

    2012 Parallax ART Fair, London

    2012 Exhibition in the book shop Bodmer AG, Zurich

    2011/2012 Exhibition in the restaurant Erushof, Bettwil Switzerland

    2011 SIGNAL-IDUNA Businesstower in Mannheim, Germany, organised
    from the gallery Böhner.

    2010 Exhibition in the rooms of the municipality in Buchs, Zurich

    2010 Exhibition in the Hubraum in Buchs Kehrsatz

    2008/09 Egli’s Horse Trend Shop, Hinwil ZH

    2008/09 Restaurant Eintracht, Schafisheim

    2007 Iftest AG, Wettingen

    2005 Restaurant Sternen, Wettingen

    2004 Restaurant Bergli, Bergdietikon

    2004 In the rooms of the dentist Barna Bescek, Zurich


    Certificate of Excellence for being among the best 100 artist presented in
    the 13th online contect on

    Honoured mention as the top artist of the year 2015 through USIA

    Fine Art Competition „Conscious Creation 2014 Winner of a
    Honorable mention through Vivid Arts Network


    Participation for the International Contemporary Masters Vol. 5 from WWAB

    My own art book about the last 10 years