Behind the scenes
Pati & Peti
We are Patricia & Peter, two Hungarians currently living in Basel. Choosing different and quite exceptional paths during our 20’s (Pati graduated from the Academy of fine Arts, established herself as a contemporary artist, dedicated a great effort to self-improvement, while Peter set off to travel around the world on a bike , living off farm-jobs and street-performances for years), we finally met at a cashier’s desk of a second-hand store in Budapest in 2016. Since then we experience every day: 1+1 is more than 2!
Where we come from
Before moving to Switzerland in January 2019 we had been living on our farm in a small village in North-Hungary and this is the place we call home. The benefit of living close to nature is to maintain a fresh state of mind, which helped us contemplating our life missions. We have become strongly committed to help each other finding ways to lead a meaningful, balanced and healthy life. We would like to promote simplicity and sustainability, and we believe in the human spirit and intelligence. Our intention is to nurture our local community and to encourage individuals to find bonds with each other again. We plan to build up cooperatives based on organic agriculture and reforestation. We are looking forward to fund art residence programs, to patronize artists and so much more.
In order to launch this mission, we wanted to gain something we had never had before: a little financial stability. This was the „great” reason behind our decision on moving to Switzerland for a couple of years.
Where we want to go
Just after our arrival Patricia started to clean private homes and Peter started to work in a cool restaurant, „La Manufacture”. We had never planned to become entrepreneurs; the whole concept started as Pati was searching for an atelier to prepare for her upcoming solo exhibitions. As it was quite pricey, we began to think if we could use the space for anything else in order to make it cost-effective. The idea of a „painting school” arouse, but we were not fully convinced. It somehow felt that to Basel, to these people from all over the world WE COULD GIVE MORE.
Creativity for ALL
As newcomers in Basel we experienced what most foreigners complain about: the lack of social connections. It seemed hard to get to know other people, or at least you had to develop new ways. We have read about a successful and popular entertainment and business model from the States called Paint and Sip. It rhymed perfectly to Patricia & Peter, to US. “Of Course! Let’s put our virtues together (Pati’s art; Peter’s hospitality) and create a platform where people can socialize and have a good time, while doing something new and meaningful!” Painting is a unique activity in a sense, that you can easily be emerged in yourself and enjoy a conversation at the same time.
Through days-long arguments, brainstorming, research and trials the concept of Paint It Easy has been fashioned, and it’s been evolving ever since…
Who we are
We are a group of artists hosting various art activities in our Studio in downtown Basel.
You are invited to this inspiring environment and will be guided through colorful adventures.
We provide all the necessary art materials, just come as you are. Our team members are local, contemporary artists eager to share their skills and passion with you. Here you can unwind, meet new people and experience artistic creation.
From easygoing Paint & Sip Events to studious Courses, we have dreamed up a variety of artistic activities for all ages, levels and interests. No previous experience is necessary, only your mood for creativity.
Paint It Easy
Your creative escape
- Introduce the experience of artistic creation to millions of people within the framework of our informal, carefree and joyful activities.
- Creating opportunities of self-expression using the tools of art, regardless of age, gender and education.
- Facilitating connection between local, contemporary artists, their artistic work and society.
The many flavors of PIE
A CREATIVE ESCAPE
It's OK to take a break sometimes
Need to recharge? No need to travel far – book your colorful adventures here in town! Fly away from the repetitive weekdays simply by doing something different. Something new and creative and refreshing.
Meet best friends & new faces
“You know guys, what I like the most about this? Conversations come easily, we laugh a lot, but tuning in is not a must, if i don’t feel like it. During the painting mingling is carefree and I am here to have fun, right?!”
The perfect recipe for a night out
Ingedients: couple of friends, 16 ounces of acrylic paint, 2 cups of prosecco (each), a slice of yummy pizza, 1/4 tsp of groovy music, a pinch of good vibes. Stir them well in a downtown studio, cook on high for 2 hours.
Welcome to your living room
Equipped with a bar and a fine selection of drinks from rhubarb-shorley to gin & tonic. Even if you come alone or as a member of a team building, we want you to feel like you’re having a party in your fab friend’s living room — no cleanup required.
An actual art studio in downtown
Paint It Easy studios also serve as an atelier and a showroom for emerging, local artists. Get to know their projects at our recurrent PIE art exhibitions, and/or meet them in person when they guest teach at our painting workshops.
Instructors are experienced artists
They will guide you step by step throughout the painting. Thanks to the limited number of participants, your host instructor can demonstrate interesting techniques, alternative versions, thus encourages you to create your own interpretation.
Do you spend time with yourself?
Many times we wish for an activity, that will put us at ease, relaxed, inspired. Something, that we do not because we have to or need to, but because we would like to. Enjoy your me-time during our events, workshops or open atelier sessions.
Let's connect through art!
New in Basel or you want to meet up? Join our growing circle of friends! Attending to our concerts & exhibitions, visiting art events in museums & galleries together will open a new window to Basel’s cultural life.