Sige Nagels - painting
Sige Nagels - painting

Hi there! This is me.

In full concentration and in the creation of new artwork. I was born and raised in Antwerp, Belgium. For more than 6 years now, I’m living and working in Zürich, Switzerland.

Grüezi Wohl! Das bin ich.

In voller Konzentration an einem neuen Kunstwerk am arbeiten. Ich bin geboren und aufgewachsen in Antwerpen, Belgien. Seit mehr als 6 Jahren lebe und arbeite ich in Zürich, Schweiz.

Why do I make art?

The urge to create drives me to make art. For me, creating art coincides with pursuing your dreams, slowing down, connecting with the essence of life. Art is connected closely with “freedom”. Freedom in many perspectives:

Freedom for yourself

Making art is what I love. By making good art, I make my living. Not just ‘just a living’, “my” living. Art is a way to feel totally free. It permits me to become a child again. A child with a heart that jumps for joy and sparkling eyes. Our quest for freedom lies in there, in your childhood. For you, the meaning of freedom can be different. Hence, there are as many meanings of freedom as there are persons on this earth. Art is my guide. It gives me focus, it structures my life, it influences all my activities and it permits me to become the best version of myself in the surrounding of those I love. Art confirms my feeling of self-respect and enhances my respect for other human beings, for nature and for this planet.

Freedom for our children

By not only chasing your dreams, but also releasing them, we can guide our children no matter where. Children need to believe in something. Adults are no different. For me, art enables me to guide my three daughters to go where passion leads to. It permits me to make them realise that, once grown up, they don’t have to choose for a life that they didn’t sign up for. I don’t want to teach them that the rat race is as a good deal of an adult’s life. I myself was trapped in this rat race. Once. Not anymore… It took me courage to be honest to myself and society, and to really follow the path of freedom although it was far disconnected with my daily life. For me, that path of freedom is the path of art. Art helps me to shift my focus from the short term to the long term. It is only with that focus I want to raise up my daughters.

Freedom from former patterns

To assure we can grant our children freedom, we have to combat these things we duel with during your life. If we don’t do, these things might become a pattern that burdens your children as well. Let’s clarify the stones on our road. If we do, we free our surroundings together with us. If we don’t, these stones will be stones obstructing our children’s road. Moreover, let’s learn our children to clear the path for themselves as well. The pattern probably was there for generations. Let’s break with it and fight for our freedom by thinking wide and largely about freedom, by discussing it and making it work for sure in our families and in society as a whole. Making art, creating things is my contribution to this debate on freedom. I am looking forward to learning yours. In the meanwhile, I invite you to get to know mine….

Artist statement

The urge to create drives me to make art. It’s a deep call to freedom on many levels. First of all, by making good art, I make my living. Not just ‘just a living’, “my” living. When making art, I am not only chasing my dreams, but also releasing them. Moreover, art enables me to guide my three daughters to go where passion leads to, no matter where. It gives me the courage to let them free. It is with the same courage that art finally helps me to shift my focus from the short term to the long term. Like freedom from former patterns. The rat race. Art helps me to open up the boundaries I still tend to feel. It clarifies the stones on my road. Art gives me the courage to slow down time and to really connect with the essence of life instead of trying to satisfy external norms and expectations. Art gives me the energy to jump out of the mass…

Do you jump with me? Hence, slow down. Take your time looking at my artwork. Meanwhile, listen to yourself. What helps you to feel free? What gives you the courage to strive for “your freedom”? Remind yourself that we all are free. Release yourself from existing boundaries. Participate with me to this debate on freedom.


What would it be like if you had the guts to follow your dreams?

If you dared to move just the way you are? If you made a choice by the heart, unhindered by expectations of others?

Sige Nagels (Antwerp, ° 1977) graduated as an engineer-architect. For years, she worked on a promising career in the construction sector. As a project manager, she ran construction sites worth millions – and she did well. But what seemed like a success story for the outside world, didn’t feel like a success at all for Sige.

A move to Zurich – and a farewell to her demanding job – initially brought Sige peace of mind. For a number of years, she put the care for her family front and center. And no matter how much that filled her heart, she had the nagging feeling that something else was waiting for her. A mission that had been hiding under her skin for a long time and that was looking for a way to the surface.

She finally made a decision during Zurich Manifesta 2016. From now on, she would devote herself to painting, in the only way that Sige could do that: with 100% pure dedication.

“There’s always a choice.”

Since then you can find Sige in her studio, high in her Swiss attic. Compositions of surfaces and shapes alternate with abstract works and perspectives in striking colors. Bound by no specific training or style, Sige turns abstract concepts into concrete shapes and colors.

Indeed, Sige regards the fact that she did not receive classical training in the arts as a major asset: it ensures that she can approach her art unconditionally and freely.

Freedom in and of itself is the ultimate theme for Sige. Through her work, she answers pressing questions about freedom and how it showed itself in her own life.

People call Sige’s choice for the arts “a courageous decision.” Sige, for her part, does not understand why anyone wouldn’t follow their heart. “I know this is my path. What message would I give my children if I didn’t follow it?”, Sige smiles. With her work, Sige hopes to inspire others to choose their own happiness.  


C.V. Sige Nagels – Visual Artist – Bildende Künstlerin


Geb. 1977, Antwerpen, Belgien
Lebt und wohnt in Gattikon, Schweiz

+41 78 944 77 30 oder mail@sigenagels.com

Kunst: Stark gefärbte abstrakte Acrylmalereien auf Leinwand, Mixed Media auf Leinwand und abstrakte Perspektivzeichnungen auf Papier
Persönlich: Optimistin, offen, gewissenhaftig, fleissig und empathisch. Ich lass mich nicht enttäuschen und verfüge über Ausdauer.

Sige Nagels / Künstlerin, autodidact


Zharity.ch / Mitgründerin einer Wohltätigkeitsorganisation in Zürich + Erstellen eines Vereins daraus: www.zharity.ch


Dorfverein Gattikon / Vorstandsmitglied


CFE – MBG / Projektleiterin von mittleren zum grossen Baustellen bei einem von den grössten General-Bauunternehmen Belgiens


ORDE van Architekten / Architekt in selbständiger Arbeit


Kunst- und Gestaltungskurs von dranbleiben.ch / Skizzieren und zeichnen, wöchentlich von Dozent P. Schneebeli


Im Atelier Shaun Dziedzic / Ausbildung, zweiwöchentlich


Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven / Master Diplom Ingenieur Architektur


2017, Inserat Acrylmalerei: ‘Blattader’, Rüschlikon, Atelier Rainbow Tanzkunst, 20. Jubiläum