7 German Street Artists You Should Know
Street Art, aka graffiti dates back to ancient times, but the world of modern day street art is full of vibrant and bold statements, emotion inducing images and through thought provoking installations. Germany, especially larger cities like Berlin and Frankfurt, have birthed some of the great street artist of our day. Here are 7 that you should get to know!
Hendrik Beikirch (better known as ECB) - a prominent German street artist from Koblenz, widely known for his massive, highly emotional portraits of anonymous people. He is a creator of the world’s tallest mural in Busan, South Korea. Even though only black and white, his work is stunning in detail and evokes a great deal of emotion. http://hendrikbeikirch.com
Hera (Jasmin Siddiqui) and Akut (Falk Lehmann) - also known as Herakut are a German street art duo. They have shown their work all around the world including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Bristol and London and have also published two books together. They’re art is breathtaking and I cannot wait to see one of these murals in real life. I would spend so much time looking at all the incredible details. They’re my favorite for sure!
One of their works in Frankfurt: a beautiful large monochrome piece, which reads “There Is Something Better Than Perfection”
This is easily my favorite work of street art.
And another mural in Cologne’s Ehrenfeld district - "We love even the scary looking ones."
Christan Boehmer is a German artist born in Bad Kreuznach. Also known as “Mr. Trash”, he started painting graffiti at age 13, emblazoning the walls of Frankfurt and Wiesbaden. Boehmer’s most well known for his ‘Paper Bag Heads’ series of artwork, which is very detailed and realistic.
One of his works - moving and beautiful painted "Sleeping Amour".
Mittenimwald is a German street artist. Mittenimwald literally means ‘in the middle of the forest’ and refers to a dark time in the artist’s life when he was left without a job and was trying to find his way. The artist’s real name and other personal details of his life remain a mystery. His images include beautiful women, revolutionaries, dictators and pop-icons to name a few. Memorable texts used in his work include “fuck art”, “I love $$$” and “enjoy capitalism”. He has a strong stance on a variety of topics and the work is quite controversial.
El Bocho is the nickname of a street artist residing in Germany. El Bocho excels in the creation of cut-out work and giant installations some of which are up to 20 feet tall. He hangs up the installations and cut-outs on Berlin street walls during the dark of night. https://elbocho.net
Tasso aka Jens Müller is a German Street artist and one of the founder of the famous Ma’Claim crew. He was born in 1966 andgrew up behind the ‘iron curtain’in East Germany. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, heworked as a construction worker and began his career in at in 2000.
Claudia Walde, better known as MadC is a graffiti artist from Bautzen, Germany who is known for her impressive graffiti artworks and most notably for the work that has become known as the “700-Wall” – a 700 square-meter work along the train line between Berlin and Halle. Her use of super bright colors and abstract shapes separates her from other artists that focus on portraits and political statements. https://www.facebook.com/MadC.one/
ALIAS is a Berlin based artist who is “Street-taught &self-made”.ALIAS exclusively uses stencils for his art and plays a lot with the placement and environment of his stencils. While most people recognize Banksy for this style of street art, ALIAS remains the street artist who went the fastest from the street to the gallery with his work.
Each of these 7 artists has a unique style and a statement to make with their artwork. While graffiti and street art may not be everyones favorite style or artwork, there is no denying the impact it has made and how much it has evolved over the years. These artists and their works are the inspiration for the newest collection coming soon. You can expect lots of bright colors, bold prints and some statements to be made with these dirndls.
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