I'm mainly a stencil artist, but I also draw and paint traditionally with paintbrushes. Some works are collages with paper, photos and paint. The inspiration for my work comes from fashion photography, models and fashion magazines. I mostly choose photos of female fashion models that I identify with and I transform them into colourful stencil graffiti, paintings or drawings.
Sunny and light places with water nearby, like Barcelona, Ibiza, Formentera or Mykonos, inspire me and my work. I put my work in the streets of the aforementioned islands or cities like Barcelona, London, etc., because at these places I feel forms of excitement, relaxation or the desire to stay. I am especially fond of decaying or rough concrete walls in dilapidated surroundings which are already painted with graffiti or hidden places, like concrete stairs, rough wooden doors, unfinished hotel ruins or boats sheds. I like to get into contact with other street artists and their work. I just love to make places more colourful and meaningful with my stencil graffiti and paste-ups.
I love (spray) paint and colours. I paint on paper and canvas, I draw on paper with coloured pencils or other material and I spray with spray cans on paper, canvas and outside on walls. Sometimes I use these media separately, sometimes I mix them. You can find me working in the streets, glueing my paste-ups on walls, or drawing, painting and cutting stencils in my studio.
Some of the fashion models the photos of whom I used in my work have reacted. For example, Coco Rocha owns three spray painted works and says they are 'epic'. Moreover, recently, Karlie Kloss, mentioned 'I love (her) work', so does Michelle Buswell. However, my art is not common fan art. It's rather I identify with the image and I let it speak for me. Instead of using captions for my pictures I have recently started to combine the characters with text ('Take me to Tagomago', 'Lost in space and time', 'All we have is here and now') to make direct appeal to the viewer.
From Fine Art and Teaching Art to Street Art
I am a trained teacher for Art and English at secondary schools.
I studied Fine Art and Didactics of Art at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the classes of Jörg Immendorff and Jan Dibbets and graduated as Master Student of Jan Dibbets and with my Staatsexamen in 2005. I finished my Art Studies with large-scale oil painted canvasses about the topic 'Isolated communication'.
At the same time I also studied teaching English as a foreign language and after the graduation, I became a teacher for Art and English in Germany.
In 2016, I moved to Hamburg where I now live with my family and work as a teacher and artist. Since August 2021 I have worked at Wilhelm-Gymnasium, Klosterstieg 19, 20149 Hamburg.
I have worked with students in art lessons, in projects, in extra-curricular activities or for regional competitions since 2005. Together, we have created stage designs, murals, sculptures, (large-scale) paintings, mixed-media posters or reliefs, etc. Of course, we made some stencil graffiti, too. I'm also always interested in working together with other teachers, artists, designers, etc. That's why I have collaborated with them many times. Team spirit is the key and the work with other people, young or older, always continues to inspire me. Here are some impressions of my work with students, etc. and the products we made.