We present you talented artists who have their origin instreetart, graffitiart and urban art. All selected artists have their own, very special handwriting. All artworks are handmade editions or unique pieces and are supplied with a certificate of authenticity.
We present you talented artists who have their origin instreetart, graffitiart and urban art. All selected artists have their own, very special handwriting. All artworks are handmade editions or unique pieces and are supplied with a certificate of authenticity.
Angel Toren lives in Murcia, Spain.
He began to paint in 2007 and since then his style has evolved into what is now: it is based on his study of typoraphics in conjunction with interesting aspects of contemporary architecture and graphic design.
During practicing and evolving his style he collected needfull skills and knowledge and learned to transfer those into his paintings as well as his digital works. He painted many murals before he starts his studies at the School of design, which leads him to experiment with more and new knowledge and techniques.
With a intuitive feeling for using diverse technics and influenses but still having his very own style from the beginning his individual identifying feature is a futuristic and elegant style. Angel Toren currently is working with clean lines and geometric shapes with a remarkable color concept.
Angel himself does not talk much about his work as he says his work itself is telling us everything we need to know about him.
The German artist Base23 lives and works in Berlin. He expresses his creativity while spraying, painting, drawing and building his exceptional art works. It all started 1989 with the first point of contact to graffiti art and continued with the study of graphic design and typography. His sources of inspiration for his graffiti, ink drawings and cardboard installations derive from a wide array of sources. These include psychedelic art of the 1960s, underground comics from the 1970s, Japanese robots and robot toy packaging, experiences from his stay in Hongkong, sources from typography as well as traditional fabrics.
As an artist Base23 combines these inspirations into his unique graphic style. His passion for details can be found in Base23’s large murals as well as in his delicate works on paper and canvas. Vibrant colors imbue works with expression, intensity, and dynamic. His main intention is to counteract our fleeting way of observing in our image-drenched world and instead to invite the spectator to stay and contemplate over his works.
Base23 has been part of diverse group shows with well-known contemporary and urban art artist and solo shows all over the world.
Origin of the KOPERNIKUS 5 screen print edition Base23 printed together with whatsart was a hand painting on a vintage target paper. The artwork is based on the story that a greek astronom (ca. 300 b.c.) found out that planet earth is not the center of the universe. Till the 18th century the church denied all the theories and facts and stated that the earth is the center. In the end Nikolaus Kopernikus had enough proofs based on the greek astronom to finally tell the truth. The number five is the horizontal checksum of 23.
Base23 "hunts" for vintage paper on fleamarkets in Berlin or when he travels. The old paper gives his artworks an "old" appeal from a time where most of us not existed while his drawings use a contemporary language.Usually Base23 used to draw on the backside of the targets. After a while he came along old astronomy cards and drawings and the idea to chart his own universe was born. The artist takes us to his own universe and let us think about the past and the future, knowledge and truth, the volatility of the things and the meaning of express and belive in your ideas.
2008 „URBAN FEEDBACK“ with Flying Fortress, Evol, Smash137, ... | Donnerkuppel, Basel/CH
2009 “CONCRETE PLAYGROUND” with Martha Cooper, D*Face, Above... | Herne Bahnhof, Essen/GER
2011 “SCHWARZ AUF WEISS” with Pixel Pancho, Nychos, Dome,… | Museumsquartier, Wien/AU
2012 “URBAN ART!” with Os Gemeos, Futura 2000, Blek le Rat... | Völklinger Hütte, Völklingen/GER
2015„Das Eigene Ich“ with Flying Fortress, Jaybo Monk, Dave the Chimp / Affenfaust Galerie, Hamburg/GER
“Knotenpunkt 15” with Doppeldenk, Golden Green, Rylsee,… /Affenfaust Galerie, Hamburg/GER "Made In Berlin" with Reka, Twoone, Herakut, Various&Gould / Galerie Mathgoth, Paris/FR
"UrbanDawn" with El Mac, Morten Andersen, Reka / Gallery Villa / Almaty, Kazaksthan
2009 “LOS OJOS DE LAS MÁQUINAS Y ANIMALES DE PINTURA DE LA
“RAL GALAXIA™” | Superplan, Berlin/GER
2010 “CREATURES OF THE 23RD DIMENSION” | Baraka Gallery, Krakow/PL
2010 "ENDGEGNER | Flying Fortress VS. Base23 | La Grille, Yverdon les Bains/CH
2011 “HELL HOUNDS FROM THE NORTH” with Morton Andersen | Pretty Portal, Düsseldorf/GER
2013 “ANY NAME” | Affenfaust Galerie, Hamburg/GER
The internationally known danish graffiti artist Bates lives and works in Copenhagen, where he was born 1971. Today one of the most famous European graffiti painter, Bates started in the mid-80s with stylewriting. Inspired by New Yorks graffiti of the first hour, he has influenced the graffiti development of the second generation in Europe decisively. Bates has motivated, impressed and influenced many graffiti sprayers of the present generation.
Bates has internalized the stylewriting, for him style and lettering have the highest prority. His style combines the classic New York graffiti with the somewhat younger European writing style. He follows the soft flow and swing of the letters and words and mixes it with sharper forms and characters. For Bates, the personal and artistic development is a never ending story.
Bates strives to continuously improve and therefor he works disciplined and aware. His many collaborations and experiences with other artists of all stripes play an important role.
His development shows an always higher quality and innovations and yet a distinctive handwriting already from the very first hour. Always open to experimentation and new ideas, but never following trends, Bates always remained faithful.
For over twenty years roads and citys were Bates canvases, traveling and painting throughout the world were his drive. His face has never shown up today, his graffiti art however is world-renowned.
In 2009 he exhibited for the first time artworks on canvas in the solo exhibition it's about time in Copenhagen. Again, his style remains unmistakably his own, only the format has shrunk. The graffiti writing and the associated attitude still have highest priority. Bates took the time to himself and his style to develop until he was ready for the media canvas and the platform exhibition without having to change his art. But even there, his work and not he as a person is the center of attention.
Just as his graffiti style evolves, also his art work on canvas or other media develop. This year in May Bates showed in the exhibition work in progress at the Partisan Creative Corner in Soest an impressive overview of his past as a graffiti artist and a glimpse into the future as a contemporary artist.
Bates himself sees in graffiti enormous potential for the development of the classical art world. The graffiti development in the underground since more than 40 years has brougt many talents ‘to light’ and it is time to present them to the public.
As a learned industrial mechanic, BeeT74 now lives and works in Braunschweig as an art director, industrial designer and graffiti artist.
The change from working as a mechanic to the current work as a creative was established by the passion for graffiti. With more than 20 years of experience, BeeT74 now combines his graffiti style with graphic elements. The classic stylewriting has become less common over the years and graphic work has become more and more interesting for BeeT74.
The graffiti world remains a major component, an important source of inspiration and influences his analogue and digital work. The result is a style with a high recognition value: classical graffiti elements such as letters and characters meet graphic forms and rich colors.
Today, BeeT74 works for renowned companies from many industries in a wide variety of disciplines. His artistic work has already been shown in numerous exhibitions.
Chez186 is an artist who can not live, work or function without to spray and be active in the streets or in his studio. His work is not „just“ graffiti, it is the drive that makes him alive. His work is actually mostly his tag, which he has developed and perfected over time. Everything he does revolves around art, whether it is drawing (in the studio and on the street), divers projects, workshops and exhibitions.
Chez186 is a Croatian graffiti artist with large work and artistic experience in his homeland and abroad. He has been creating graffiti art from the late 1990s and has done numerous self indicated and also commissioned works on the street, movable objects and as a studio work of art.
His art is defined with bright colors, abstract and fluid images which he has been lately successfully transferring to canvases, prints and fine art artworks. His typographic works are patterned with bright colors and are hard to not notice.
We present you a selection of artists and limited screenprint editions, which were created in 2015 exclusively as part of the Cologne Urban Art Festival City Leaks.
The graffiti artist Mirko Reisser aka DAIM is actually everyone a term who came into contact - also only remotely - with graffiti.
Born in Lüneburg he grew up in Hamburg and began at the end of the 80s with the graffiti writing. He can now look back on over 25 years of graffiti experience.
Since 1992 working as a freelance artist and active as DAIM, Mirko Reisser began in 1996 to study art at the Academy of Art and Design in Lucerne in Switzerland.
With its novel style, he was one of the founders of the 3-D-Graffiti Styles.
With impressive works and elaborate productions as well as a sophisticated technology up to the last he soon earned deserved international respect.
Before Mirko Reisser discovered the spraycan itself as a tool for his creativity, he made photo-realistic drawings, inspired by modern painting artists. So he laid the foundation and developed the basic technology for a revolutionary 3-D style.
To create space with shades he later succeeded as well in processing the letters in graffiti. Influences from contemporary painting, graphic design and his urban surroundings complement his own style.
D-A-I-M, the four letters can be found again and again in his work. His style is unmistakable and yet always in development.
The artist Mirko Reisser formes and deformes letters, inserts them into the room, pretending they can literally melt and shatter.
By forgoing striking outlines emphasis is on colors, shapes and angles.
With s sensitive sense of light and shadows, for subtile color schemes and for the technical implementation of his ideas with various materials Mirko Reisser rightly is a role model for many subsequent graffiti artists.
With diligence, talent and a unique style with recognition value DAIM manages to travel the world, to exchange with international artists, participate in exhibitions, transpose private and charitable projects and work with prestigious client.
The artist, designer and illustrator Daniel Lisson lives and works in Cologne.
Early on he came into contact with graffiti and other related art forms, this experience and his passion for hand-painted illustrations and detailed character designs characterize his todays style. Playful and multi-faceted, eye-catching colorful figures, faces and monsters characterize his work; whether digital, on paper, canvas or concrete and walls. Sometimes painted or drawn and still often sprayed.
Daniel Lisson is particularly impressed with screen printing. Thus, all his limited screen print editions are hand-printed, he experiments with materials and colors, and passes on his knowledge in form of screen-printing workshops in his studio in Cologne. Until 2011, he printed his designs and motifs on T-shirts and other clothing in the name of his own label RRROBOT.
The freelance artist is open and motivated; illustration, screen printing, lightpainting, graffiti, painting - various techniques, materials and art forms motivate and inspire him equally. The travels and contacts with other creatives caused by his vocation give him the necessary creative input.
Daniel has been working in the tattoo parlour Santa Sangre in Cologne for about five years now. For him, turning his passion into a profession has just been a logic progression. As early as 1992, Daniel discovered the spray can to express himself. From then on, he turned nights into days and used roads as well as trains to display his creativity. Later on, he started to transform his artistic ideas onto skin. The result is a unique mixture of graffiti- and tattoo art which is impressive on skin as well as paper and canvas alike.
It was in the Seventies David Radon grew up in a narrow, conservative gossip village in the Sauerland. 1989 a new world opened to him when he came in touch with Graffiti. He expressed himself through this media. The ambivalence between artistic, partly critical expression, in public areas – mostly illegal at time – formed new areas for him in relation to material and media. Nevertheless Graffiti painting and writing continued to be a noticable guideline in his artwork. His work combines besides the classical graffitiart a variety of techniques and materials
DOMA is an Argentine artist collective consisting of Mariano Barbieri, Julian Pablo Manzelli (Chu), Matias Vigliano (Parquerama), and Orilo Blandini.
In the late 1990s, Buenos Aires and Argentinas politics and economy were crashing, so a group of artists saw the emergence of an alliance of creatives who interacted with their environment and the turbulent situation in a colorful, confused, wild and sarcastic, but nevertheless optimistic way.
This made the artist collaboration one of the most important of their time in Buenos Aires.
Provocative and motivating, stimulating to think and act, unconventional and eye-catching street art emerges in all facets: stencils, projections, performance art and various other multimedial projects. DOMA constructs partly over-drawn and absurd, colorful alternative worlds and characters with a re-recognition value.
DOMA is currently working with a wide range of media, mainly audiovisual, creating animations, drawings, screen prints and sculptures, which are mostly part of large installations.
DXTR The Weird lives and works as an illustrator, artist, graffiti artist and part of the Weird Crew in Berlin.
He started painting and drawing in his childhood, with 16 he started his further creative development through graffiti.
DXTR quick noted that sketching and drawing characters on paper and canvas captivated hom most.
After his studies in communication design in Düsseldorf he lived and worked there for some time as an freelance designer. Studiing helped him to focus and concentrate on his different work. He could try out and develop his skills and techniques in this period. All this is reflected in his past and current projects. DXTR likes trying out new things, whether illustration, on canvas, as screen printing or mural - alone, with the Weird Crew or in collaboration with other artists.
Meanwhile DXTR lives like many of his crew mates in Berlin. The creative city is suitable as a base for his diverse projects and related travel. His talent gives him the opportunity to travel to places that he would otherwise probably not visited. Get to know people and subcultures that he might otherwise not have met. The Berlin based artist greatly appreciates this chances.
With nine other German and Austrian artists he took up the artists' collective The Weird that collaborates internationally and interdisciplinary successfully since 2011.
DXTRs style is characterized by comics and illustrations, his works are full of color and very direct. Underlaid with a dose of irony or provocation DXTR basicly wants one thing: to make people smile and think. The fun that he feels doing his work, the artist describes as the most important feature of his handwriting. And you can see that strength in numerous projects and art works. Companies such as K2 Snowboarding, Nike, Mazine, the Dudes Factory or the Californian band Primus appreciated this as well and have allready worked together with DXTR.
Exhibitions in Germany as in the Urban Spree Galerie and Neurotitan in Berlin, Affenfaust gallery in Hamburg or the Exit Room in New York, as well as invitations to time events in Albania, Poland, Switzerland, Portugal, Russia and England are just a few points to call of his previous artistic career.
Fabian Fischer grew up in the Westerwald, Germany and started to paint graffiti during his vocational training.
In 2013 he began to study design with a focus on communication design and discovered his passion for photography. As part of a communication design seminar with the topic "Fetish" the photographies of the spray-caps arose. He prefers to shoot analog and processes the images after development digitally (Hybrid Photography).
Flying Förtress works as an illustrator and designer and is the inventor of the legendary Teddy Troops. The Munich-born artist lives now in Hamburg and he already had his first touches with graffiti and the associated scene at the end of the 80s. However, his career was by no means straightforward and predictable; after a few years, he took a time-out from graffiti and stylewriting, which at that time did not give him the opportunity to live out his creativity freely and satisfactorily, and began a college education at a design school. The inspirations conveyed there, the learned techniques and methods, and the influence of his colleagues, who were studying from the most diverse motivations, made him find his own individual way and style. Despite his roots in graffiti, this is influenced by design elements, comics and characters, very figurative and also three-dimensional. The Teddy Trooper not only appears on the walls of many cities around the world, but also as toy figures, patches, as textil designs, and, of course, as screen printing in limited editions of silk screen prints. Techniques and the results are as diverse as his teddy troopers.
His trademark are small compact teddy bear soldiers, equipped with uniform helmets, various gadgets and in diverse appearances. Again and again to recognize, but never boring this army conquers the (street art) world. The cute and at the same time strict figures stimulate to think and smile. With his army, which has spread all over the world, Flying Förtress found his personal expression with a high individual recognition value. Therefore he earns respects and high esteem from his constantly growing fan base, his artist colleagues and from renowned clients. Collaborations with artists such as Dave The Chimp and The London Police or commissions from brands like Stüssy as well as exhibitions in Europe, Asia and Australia are just some of the resulting projects. In addition to all other professions, Flying Förtress is part of the graffiti collective Jukebox Cowboys (JBCB) along with internationally renowned graffiti artists such as Nychos, Heis, Most and Myntone.
Born and living in Hamburg as an freelance artist Golden Green discovered early his interest in graffiti art. Out of interest became passion and passion later became profession. From 2003 to 2007 Golden Green studied graphic design. Since 2008 he works as a freelance graffiti artist and graphic designer.
Typography, to work and to experiment with lettres, with all its facets, accompanied Golden Green from the beginning. Whether in graffiti or in his profession, he always goes on and enjoys the process as well as the result.
As part of the international graffiti crew Ultra Boyz he has painted countless pieces worldwide, developed his own style and perfected the use of the spray can.
As a versatile talent it is also the making of prints and the diverse work with a variety of materials which he enjoys. The realization of his ideas with different kinds of media appeals to the artist in him. Serial work, the realization of artworks or learning new techniques offer Moritz Green the desired challenge and development.
In addition to the recurring characters the graphical, almost futuristic implementation of designs and especially figurative characters are often discovered. Influences of Cubism and Minimalism show up in skillful merger with Golden Greens own style, marked by years of graffiti painting. A selection of expressive, often pastel colors in contrast to rich black or white is set here.
His preference for painters from the golden twenties who do not always showed the perfect world but also the marginal figures in their work, influenced his style and naming. Golden Green likes to play with the imperfect characters and oblique birds of our society.
Along with whatsart Golden Green printed the exclusive, limited silkscreen edition ‚Zukunfsmusik'. Coinciding with the publication at the Online Art Store, the artist shows the print for the first time at his solo exhibition ‚Oddity‘ at the Affenfaust gallery in his hometown Hamburg.
Born in Innsbruck and Bern-based Urban Art artist HNRX began working with acrylics and aerosol cans in 2012. But he has always been fascinated by art. Since then, the bustling HNRX is always on the move and perpetuates himself on concrete, walls, buildings and whatever else is available to him. He does not see himself as a classic graffiti artist, although his art, with a preference for concrete, the use of spray cans and the transformation of public places, has some parallels to classic graffiti.
HNRX prefers surfaces and materials with structure and character, if not on a large scale in public spaces, then on paper and cardboard. The motifs of his works are mainly everyday objects that we encounter constantly and that, nevertheless or precisely because of that, are given no special consideration. The street artist has great fun to deal with these objects, to put them in surreal context, disassemble and then put together something new. Because HNRX finds fun, happiness and love in the little things of our lives.
His individual style with a high recognition value is striking and pleasing, and HNRX has already participated in many group and solo exhibitions in Austria, Germany and Switzerland as well as in artistically leading cities such as London and Amsterdam.
The trio consisting of Holger Weißflog, Jakob Tory Bardou and Veit Tempich started to embellish the world from their home base Berlin. It's empty, drap walls that inspire Innerfields to redesign their urban environment.
Even each one of them have their very own style, they managed to develop a signature style while working as a trio on huge walls and projects. Working together their individual styles harmonize and merge perfectly. Over the years they have developed an urbanized style, rich in variety but unmistakably their own.
Meanwhile they are working for international partners and travel to all kind of countries to do what they love: painting and spraying huge walls and murals, making the place a bit brighter.
Despite these projects the three are working on bringing their art from the walls on canvas and paper. Using a recognizable style, format and topic, Innerfields found their individual niche in the diverse world of arts.
Using the exploited use of modern communication devices as a recurring topic, they play with the effects of modern technology on our urban and social life and point out the impacts these devises may have and which are familiar to most of us, if we are honest.
Their incredible talent and technic combined with a unique yet recognizable use of formats and a current topic makes these three great artist to a serious trio you definitely should know!
Kris "IRSKIY" S. (born 1987) is a digital illustrator currently based in Michigan, USA.
His name is based on a nickname he got from his family and friends when he was young.
His artworks mostly are digital desigend and layouted, his inspirations are architecture and music from the 1980s era. Working spontaneous and instinctive a new art work can be finished in 15 minutes or in days, that depends on when it feels ready for the artist.
IRSKIY’s work consist of geometric patterns with bright and bold colors. He looks at buildings, decompose and reconstruct them and add color to it. Printed on high quality paper, his digital constructions result in positive, vibrant art works made of vivid colors, forms and shapes.
The illustrator found his passion in doing what he loves and keeps on experimenting and looking for new challenges, for example by working on collaborations with different artist.
The internationally recognized and globally active artist and illustrator Jeremy Dan Fish has a sense for the simplicity of the things and their meaningfulness, despite or precisely because he renounces unnecessary details and forcibly ambiguity.
Born in the mid-seventies in Albany, New York, Jeremy Fish studied art and screen printing at the San Francisco Art Institute. Today he lives in San Francisco and works internationally as a freelance artist as well as an illustrator and designs skateboards, clothing, album covers, sneakers and much more.
His style is unmistakable: strong, straightforward outlines, a clear color concept, characters and motifs where a clear story always stands behind. He uses only the necessary tools for him and works with forms, colors and stories, which everyone can immediately grasp. Somewhere between cute and creepy, often with animal character, Jeremy Fish draws and illustrates for himself, for others, for all.
Living in Stuttgart graffiti artist Chris Ganter aka. Jeroo has definitely found his own unique style.
It all started about 20 years ago with a graffiti project in his school. After years of development and testing his skills he has found his typical handwriting. Distorted and twisted letters and nature motifs like birds and plants combined with geometric and organic shapes are his trademark. Jeroo brings the energy of colors and shapes in characteristic motifs and letters with spray can and marker on walls, canvases and paper.
Jeroo belongs to the internationally renowned representatives of the German graffiti scene. He has proven his skills in over 30 countries on 4 continents. The decision to spray only legal graffiti is based on early encounters with the law and that he has his art, meanwhile, also immortalized on canvas and paper has the obvious reason that it will remain longer.
Christoph describes himself as self-taught and has brought his own experience in the form of a graffiti textbook on paper. Is that possible? We think the editing was well done and Jeroo has an impressive plausible explanation for this: if he initially had such a book, he would not have to spend years developing his style and technique.
Even if we find that it was definitely worth it!
The swiss artist Pascal Flühmann aka. KKADE lives in Bern and works there since 2011 as a freelance graphic designer. He is part of the artist collective SCHWARZMALER, which achieved an excellent reputation far beyond the borders of Switzerland and Europe since the foundation in 2008.
KKADEs development is characterized by elements of graffiti, typography, calligraphy and graphic design. Especially the influence of typography and the diverse use of letters characterize his present style. The level of his current work, as well as the presented screen print ‘The Schwarzmaler Crew’, clearly show that Pascal found his own style and feels comfortable with it.
Orders for international companies such as New Balance and Red Bull, by musicians such as Kool Savas but also non-commercial cultural engagement for music and other events belong to his diverse creative fields. Wall designs, illustrations and installations are just a few examples of his various operations.
KKADE and the SCHWARZMALER crew have managed to combine creative and artistic skills at an outstanding level, without neglecting individual styles.
Whether graphic design, typography, installations and contemporary art, they take on any challenge and grow with unconventional projects.
Mikko Heino is a Finnish born illustrator and painter. He is currently living and working in Berlin. His creative fields of work are as various as his skills and artworks and range from skateboard graphics, magazine illustrations, screen prints and record covers to clothing and painting.
Mikkos style is figural, colourfull and clearly inspired by cartoons and comics. Rich colours, unfussy motives and a good portion of humor affect his artworks.
His urban surrounding, the skateboardscene, partying or simlpy the modern and multicultural livestyle in his adoptive home Berlin are giving him the inspriration and ideas he works up in his projects and artworks.
We are really glad to present some of Mikkos limited, high quality screen prints at whatsart.
Misous is a young, talented artist from the western part of Germany. Like many artists of his generation, he also gained his first creative experiences with graffiti and still uses this technique. Other influences like contemporary and modern art styles as well as graphic design and illustration are also recognizable in his work. As tool Misous still uses the spray can, his works have urban origins and show the wide variety of free and abstract use of this medium of expression without holding on theoretical rules and norms.
Surfaces, shapes and elements characterize the works on paper, cardboard, wood or canvas. Clear geometry mixes with organic, soft structures and patterns. Implied elements generate a multi-layer perspective, the emerging art stimulates and leaves room for individual considerations and viewing angles.
Although Misous work often arise spontaneously and intuitively, he shows a talented and skilful use of colors and shapes.
Andreas Pistner is a graduate designer with an emphasis on illustration and 3D.
As a designer and artist Monkey aka. Ironmonkey is creative in many areas such as graffiti, animation films, drawings and etchings.
The MONKEY AFG Edition is a 2-color screen pritn, limited to 100 pieces and was created in 2015 as part of his solo exhibition "The Amazing World of MONKEY" in the Arty Farty Gallery.
Mr.Woodland lives and works as graphic designer and artist in Munich. He has his roots in classical graffiti writing but after a while he figured that for him there was not enough development. Ever since his childhood he was fascinated by classical and Jugendstil paintings so he conquered a new challenge: painting characters. Meanwhile Mr.Woodland paints only beautiful colorful and detailed figures and animal characters. He still likes the spraycan as a fast tool he can handle well but he also uses brushes for his canvases and increase his skills. His extraordinarily style is influenced by comics, photorealism and classical painting elements. Mr.Woodland has now released his first screen print and as all his works he didn't do it halfway. The result is a flashy 7-color screen print called 'moody creature' and it is limited on only 30 pieces.
Ole lives and works in Essen as architect and graffiti artists. Contrary to some prevailing opinion urban space design and urban building design go hand in hand for Ole. Both have a joint development and both have its justification. Today graffiti art is an integral part of urban life. Ole processes his two professions in ironic characters and brings them on walls and canvases. He deals with the bias against graffiti in public spaces and starts a discussion with his humorous artworks.
Anna Taratiel aka Ovni is a street artist renown for her abstract style. She likes to work with harmonic colors schemes, shades, layerings and patterns.
Ovni was born in Barcelona, Spain in the beginning of the 80ies but now resides in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Already starting with drawing and painting as a child, she said she always thought it would be cool to be an artist, having a fun job that wasn’t done just for the money.
Ovni burst onto the street art and graffiti scene in Barcelona when the scene was still in its very early stages.
Today Anna Tarantiel found a balance between commission work, fine arts and street art.
She works with nature-near material such as wood, cardboard or canvas and builds mental landscapes by creating layers and transforming forms to colorful artworks.
An artist born in Barcelona and using the city as his playground, Pez is the founder of the ‚Barcelona Happy Style‘.
Starting with writing his signature letters in 1999, it soon became a mix between a tag and logo with the shape more and more looking like a fish. To find a way to transport an international symbol for Happiness he uses the smile to communicate with passersby crossing his art in the streets. The final and well known result is El Pez ( the fish) - a big blue smiling fish and his colorful friends: recognizable characters with of course a big happy smile.
Pez is not painting to express himself, he is just doing what he likes and wants to spread some good vibes. He likes a lot of styles, they simply has to be individuell and not copied and his inspirations a diverse, mostly found in the streets and his urban surrounding. Not painting for or against others, not for reputation or competition, he is painting with the world. For this, he earned international and deserved respect.
This simple message and the honest and unique style made him well-known in Barcelona and around. Soon he traveled more and more, painting El Pez and family everywhere he passed by or stayed for a while.
His works appear in international published street art books, magazines and movies like Street Logos, Art of Rebellion, Street Art and in the last years he has shown his artwork in cities like New York, L.A. Tokyo, London, Miami, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Oslo, Bogota…
Today he is showing his art also in galleries, on prints and canvases, making installations, toys and more - but always using the universal smile.
„Welcome to Barcelona Happy Style! Don't worry - I’m Happy.“
Pout is active graffiti writer for 20 years and lives near Düsseldorf. After moving to a different town he became aware of the tags and pieces around him. He participated for the first time consciously styles of for example Grausam aka Paste, Shaic, Golem and Zehner. So he bought from his pocket money spraycans at the hardware store and started to paint. Easier said than done, but he did not give up, learned and got better.
Today, he is active in the Cops crew and the Deadly habbits and spends every free moment with his passion graffiti. His current style is a fresh blend of classical, graphically and experimentally. Setting the tone are the retro-tinged color combinations of the 70s such as ocher, orange and purple or bright and neon colors.
Pouts name arose by chance, but it fits to his character; he is an honest, direct type who says what he thinks, and not everybody can handle this without pouting. His goal was and is not to rest but always looking to broaden and realize themselves in his style, because Pout lives and loves Grafftit. What he does, he does because he is convinced without paying attention to what others are thinking.
The most important thing about painting for Pout is the time he can spend with his crew, friends and peers. Have fun, relax and have a good time.
Figures and Creatures determine Qumis work, these subjects are implemented with various techniques and facilities. The stylistic borders may be overstepped sometimes. Qumis figures first arise clean and simple, becoming increasingly differentiated during the further work with spraycan, markers, ink or acrylic paint. Hand painted, hand cutted, hand printed, or even illustrated on the computer – the result is a composition which may have a quite sarcastic or serious tone. The tendency to style cross arrangements is particularly evident in Qumis preference for mixed media collages and in the collaborations with other artists.
Artists don't necessarily need a fixed concept before they start working. Instead, new ideas and techniques come up in the creative process, allowing full creativity. RandomEXP is an example for impulsive art with urban origin. It all started with handmade stickers and by now he creates impressive detailed prints, collages and artworks. Letters and graphic forms seem to blur, the poweful and bright colors give this composition a typical note.
The signature feature of the Cologne based artist is the work with hand-cutted vinyl foil elements, which he arranges in multiple layers. The flexible media allows him to create diverse designs on nearly every ground. During his development he figured foam board as a perfect match for his art works. Light weight but with good durability and smooth to handle with a scalpel.
The mostly unpredictable but remarkable resulting artworks are a perfect example for his way of creating - it`s just a random experiment!
Raymond Lemstra has set himself the task of reviving the feeling of curiosity and impartiality that was often experienced as a child. Amazement and surprise combined with childlike, unlimited imagination create magical moments in a young life.
Raymond Lemstra creates imagined fantasy, animated and filled with his typical characters.
His works are mostly illustrative in nature, reduced drawings and sculptures. In particular, the individual emphasizes of certain characteristics, as well as the omission of other, unimportant ones. The focus is on the meaningful detail. But Raymond Lemstra works not only reduced and abstracted, but also detailed and elaborated. It is precisely this contrast between naive and sophisticated that is supposed to surprise, invite you to discover and reawaken the joy of experiencing something new.
Living in Stuttgart graffiti artist RICH has been active since the late eighties. He discovered not only Germany but also Europe and overseas with the spray can. When it comes to graffiti, he feels at home in the classic style writing. To vary the same letter again and again is his passion for years now. RICH works as a full-time printer and he has developed a great interest in handmade linoleum prints. Since two years he combines his profession and his passion. Creating his artwork masters he personally likes pictorial motives. So RICH has found himself two ways of expression that points out that the classic graffiti is often the entry point for a further unpredictable and creative art development. At whatsart RICH presents his hand printed and limited linoleum prints that impress with few frills and rich colors.
SEMOR the mad one has been an active graffitiartist for over 20 years now. He works and exhibits internationally as well as shares his skills and experiences in workshops. For Semor, writing is an approach to life and no matter what he creates, he always works with joy and passion. Do what you love, love what you do - this attitude reflects in all of his artworks.
Sometimes two talents complement each other so well that they together produce something new and unique. As with ESZE and SIDAS, two design students from Würzburg. Together they are the ATE CREW whose origin and focus is the illustration. Similarities and differences arise along their often very figurative, sometimes sinister-looking work. The thematic focus are mostly issues such as transience or escapism. The focus is on the details and the defectiveness and give their motives the necessary expressiveness. To escape the everyday life and to create new places are the creative engines of the ATE CREW. SIDAS and ESZE operate analog and digital, they use spray cans and pencils as well as other technical and digital tools to express their creativity. Whether as a commission illustration or as artworks for exhibitions - their expressive, sometimes strange vivid characters combine both talents grandiose.
Pawel Kozlowski was born in 1980 in Warsaw, Poland. Precisely into the transition from the communist soviet imperium to modern, independent Poland. This fact is one of the reasons for Pawel's early interest into art, inspired by the most diverse artists and painters, both classic and modern. The change in his country and in the polish population is one reason for his need to work as an artist.
As an artist named Swanski, he now works as a graphic designer, illustrator and painter. Contract work and free art goes hand in hand. His style has a high degree of recognition, but is difficult to put into a drawer. Lines become shapes, their motifs and drawings show a strong dynamic. Sketchy character and simple colors as well as many black and white motifs characterize his portfolio.
In 2001, Swanski founded Swanarts, an illustration, design and art studio. In 2007, he founded Turbokolor, a clothing and design agency. Swanski lives and works in Warsaw.
David Hufschmidt aka. The Top Notch lives and works as a graphic designer and graffiti artist in Essen. He is an active graffiti artist since the mid-90s, specialized fast on stylewriting. Influenced by the classic 80s graffiti styles he developed his present style: he abstracts large stylized letters in bold colors to more and more geometrical structures until the lines between letters and forms almost blurr. His current prints and artworks show his development most clearly: this balanced graphic compositions of colors and shapes speak for themselves. He mainly works on huge walls, on canvas or produces artprints.
The Certains is an urban artist collective of creative activists. Together with different artists from diverse genres they realise all kind of projects.
But their personal preferece is clear: with lots of creativity, endless motivation and joy they conjure up colorfull hand cutted stickers, vinyl collages and installations with a good portion of humor or sarcasm. Meanwhile you can find their stickerart in many citys all over the world and TheCertains developed to be an all around the world cooperation with always new ideas and artist.
The first thing you can say about TONA: the artist from the beautiful Hanseatic city of Hamburg is on the road a lot, he has long been a part of the street art scene and he makes STENCIL art. His creative career began in the late 90's with graffiti, in the early 2000's he concentrated on the technique of bringing motifs with pre-cut stencils and spray paint onto walls and various surfaces. Motivated and inspired by his experiences of many journeys, he also takes others with him on his onward journey. For example, smiling boys and girls from India find their place all over the world as STENCILS.
The templates for his stencils are, among other things, photographs taken during his travels. In this way, the curious observer can become a artwork elsewhere. In this case, however, his stylized motifs are not intended to arouse or inspire critical thinking, as one might perhaps suspect. The meaning of his stencils is not sarcastic or ambiguous. Using street art in public space as an expression for often political or denouncing statements is not primarily TONAS' motivation in this case. In his opinion, our environment and life itself is often enough unfair and hard, and people are already attuned accordingly, so that he wants to bring the viewer back from this way of thinking with his motifs for a short moment - to something positiv, beautiful and emotional. Let the viewer pause for a moment and enjoy something unexpected, perhaps feel a moment of peace and joy - if that is what happens, TONA has reached his intention.
Since his works of art can usually only be found temporarily in public space, the artist also began to spray his stencil art on metal and wooden plates or as limited editions using printing techniques such as screen printing and linoleum printing on paper. He has already shown these works of art and art prints at numerous international exhibitions, for example in countries such as France, Israel, India, South Africa or Venezuela and cities such as New York, Toronto, Amsterdam, Berlin and, of course, again and again in his native Hamburg.
Attila Szamosi aka. Vidam works as an artist, illustrator, designer and music producer. He combines his passions and talents in his divers areas of activity. Early Vidam began to draw, his fascination with comics made him become active. Born near Cologne, he moved for studying to the multicultural capital city Berlin, where he now lives, works and is active as a DJ.
As part of the artist collective The Weird he designes together with his colleagues nationally and internationally walls and surfaces and took and take part in various exhibitions. Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Budapest, Copenhagen, New York are just a few stops on his journey as an artist. Together with Lars Wunderlich aka. Look, who also belongs to the Weird Crew, he forms the illustration collective Peachbeach. Together they work for national and international clients such as Universal, Red Bull, Nike or UNICEF with their very own signature styles.
Vidams style evolved steadily and influenced by the diverse collaborations with many other artists, but it is clearly recognizable his own. Clear three-dimensional shapes and soft figures, often seeming to hover and rich colors are main characteristics in Vidams work. Often his characters have little facial features but his motives are full of details and profound.
Nationally and internationally, solo or in a team, Vidam is a cheerful, very sympathetic guy who lives up to his name - because Vidam means happy!
Willehad Eilers was born in Germany in the early 1980s and now works under the pseudonym Wayne Horse.
His career began in the German graffiti scene, since his time at the Royal Academy of Arts in Amsterdam he lives and works in the Dutch capital.
His creative playing field is diverse and multimedial: video, drawing, prints, performance and installation are just some. Independent of the medium, his works are always narrative, characterized by playful humor and expressive power. A recurring narrative in his works deals with the bizarre, partly erroneous, but always exciting and captivating aspects of the ever-changing humanity.
Zipper the rocket flies with full speed since the 80ies into direction of infinity and decorates the streets of Hamburg and many other cities with striking colorful rockets and similar unusual installations and objects.
Made of light, resistant materials, the motifs and projects became ever more colorful, more detailed and more whacky. In the main thing - fly!
The favorite motif - as the name suggests - is the rocket in any form and color, humanized or abstracted.
The fascination for the motif is known from early childhood, the symbolism behind it is as simple as good: drive and ease, boundlessness and curiosity, uncertainty and new horizons.
Zipper the rocket, a mystery, not tangible yet omnipresent. Actually, only on the transit, he has been with us on earth for a long time now.
Actors in Zippers Galaxies include Günter Piff and Heinz Wobble, and Falco Flitz should always be on the radar. In his extended cosmos you will also meet the faithful companion "Funky Hat", a flying hat and the „Spacemaker“, which creates the necessary space. Creative support from various other activists is also not a rarity because exchange and teamwork is essential for every important mission.
But glory and fame have also its pages of shadows and an adversary was not long in coming: Doctor Z - he manipulates where he can. Already at the beginning of Zippers space trials Dr. Z recognized his opportunity and tried to adopt the technology of space ships and rockets. In nightly raids, he went through the area, took what was going on, hunted and explored every part in his lab. When Zipper gave him a trap, he lost his face - since then he has been walking around with a kind of mask. But he does not give up so easily ...
Over the course of time a colorful story has developed around Zipper the Rocket and graffiti, pop culture, music, street corners, bubbly, caravan and double infinity - and, of course, urban art.
Made for all, loved by many and sometimes stolen or destroyed by a few, Zipper does not give up the rocket and strives to go on to endless vistas and unknown spheres.
We are curios and looking forward to what follows.