(Milan 1950 – Bombinasco 2009)

“...Braendli has chosen his own unique and unrepeatable though very natural form to talk to the world: a close dialogue with his most secret and minute retreats, embracing in his drawings the very elementary form of life, the one mostly difficult and painful to look at, the one which encloses in the same dance death and life, pain and euphoria, love and exclusion.
Braendli writes:' The music ( i love) – piano, guitar: delicate, but very, very quick, springing.'

Braendli's works behave exactly like the music he describes, they are springing and agitated, delicate and very swift. They capture with surprising economy of means the gasps, the syncopated rhythms, the febrile states and rhythmic addensations of the natural world. A natural world purified by monochrome backgrounds on which move aggregations of points, linear serpentines, zig-zag footprints, chromatic crosshatchings flowing into each other, pictorial writings of psychological perceptions taking origin in the complete tune with this same natural world and articulating themselves in a form-colour-rhythm tissue.”

Gianluca Ranzi, Su Braendli e la danza della vita , con un occhio al moto browniano, in Andrea Oscar Braendli, un osservatore del mondo, Mudima 2014



Oscar Andrea Braendli, “Oscarino” or “OAB”, was born in Milan on January 15, 1950 in a Swiss family, deeply interested in visual and other forms of art. Close friends of the family were among others artists like Max Huber, Italo Valenti, Gabriele Mucchi .

After graduating from high school at the “German School in Milan” in 1969, Oscarino moved to Zurich to attend courses of germanistics and biology, studies he never completed but disciplines he cultivated his life long.

He also attended training in informatics working then for a certain time for Swissair. Few very beautiful and delicate drawings on computer paper originated in this period.

Away from home in Zurich, he experienced his first alcoholic and melancholic crises, which then occurred intermittently throughout his life, crossing his intense artistic production.

Oscarino in 1981 returned to Milan, where he inconstantly worked in the family’s firm Braendli&C. and, further, participating with Mario Penati, at “et alia”, a small affiliate company.

The onset of his characteristic use of watercolours, with pure and intense colours, and the peculiar little or minuscule size, is to be found in the eighties'.

In the early nineties’ he followed his parents moving to Switzerland, where he lived in Ticin, in and around Lugano.
The artistic production of this period is extensive, and, just as he ever did, Oscarino offered a great deal of his works as a gift or, classically, for a glass of wine.

He died on August 9, 2009, in Bombinasco, where he rests in the little cemetery of this nice and peaceful Ticin village.

He painted all his life for his own pleasure and consolation, not caring for public recognition, conscious of the artistic value of his work.

All those who had the opportunity to get acquainted with his paintings loved them.
Among them Jean Clair, Gino di Maggio, Stefan Frey.