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Herbert Baglione

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Born 1977 in São Paulo / Brazil where he still lives and works.

Baglione is renowned for his strong, simplistic street murals that are reminiscent of Southwest Pueblo cave drawings, morphed with extraterrestrial images, brilliantly placed on rooftops and street surfaces, only visible in their entirety from an aerial view. His images are of the obese and the painfully anorexic - extremes of human shapes, elongated and rounded for the ultimate in simplistic, dramatic and iconic human symbols; thus illustrating his interest in human imperfection and extremes.

Baglione's art is constantly evolving and changing via strong aesthetics and visual language, though his figurative subjects remain constant. Baglione relies heavily on a monotone palette of black, white and golden hues. At times, Baglione's work has had a strong minimalist and simplistic bent whilst still utilizing his elaborate calligraphic language and definite style somewhere between the Art Nouveau images of Audrey Beardsley and the eerie, mystical, whimsical language of the "children's" illustrator Richard Scarey.

Baglione, who uses a deep narrative as the basis of each painting, believes that: "An artist who stimulates the spectator's pleasure and desire to research his production is most important. Being just aesthetically beautiful is not enough."

For further information: herbert.ind.br

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Boxi

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Born 1974 in Kent, England.
He completed his studies at the London St. Martins school of art with a BA Fine Arts degree in painting in 1996.
Boxi has lived and worked in Berlin, Germany since 2000.

Boxi creates hand cut multi layered life size stencils that he exhibits in galleries and on street walls. It is often their placement within the installation or urban landscape that completes and defines their action, enabling the work to interact with the space. It is within this collaboration that the material boundaries of the work are dissolved, affecting the perception of the image.




For further information: boxi.eu.com

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Brad Downey

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Born 1980 in Louisville, Kentucky (USA).

2003 - 2005 Slade School of Art - MFA Painting - London, UK
1998 - 2003 Pratt Institute - BFA, Film - Brooklyn, NY
Directed documentary - "Public Discourse" - distributed by "Video Data Bank" in 2004, and was awarded a "New York Times Critics Pick" in 2005


Downey uses film, sculpture, painting and drawing to reflect on concepts about the establishment versus the audience.


Holding a fine art master's degree in painting and sculpture from London's prestigious Slade School of Art (where he studied under Bruce Mclean and Will Alsop), Downey grew up in a United States Marine Corps family, traversing towns across the United States, soaking up influences of converse surroundings that would later add to his unique perspective. Pratt Art Institute drew him to New York City in 1998, where he first cultivated his study of Fine Art. Stimulated by the buzz of the urban, he sought out alternate methods for depicting his environment, deciding on a film degree for formal study.

Downey stakes a claim for the individual's interpretation of the signals and systems that govern the urban environment and imperceptibly determine our movements around the city. Because we're so accustomed to these signs and beacons, their subtle manipulation or replication can often be overlooked. Downey uses humour to underscore the institutional regulation of public behaviour and to provoke awareness of how this control affects the evaluation of art, self, and social status.

Subtle, comic and often provocative, Downey surprises the viewer with his reactions to how property, space and personal experience overlap in an era of privatization. Using found and forgotten remnants of urban architecture, Downey reinvents public objects and reinserts them into the every-day landscape. These temporary disruptions - persisting as little as minutes and as long as months - toy with interrelations between individuals as they inhabit public and private space.

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Mark Jenkins

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Born 1970.
Lives and works in Washington, DC / USA.

Mark Jenkins is an artist living and working in Washington DC. His medium of choice is ordinary packing tape and he uses this to make tape castings, a process he first discovered as a child. His characters include lifelike human figures, tape babies, giraffes, dogs etc. and the work is usually installed in the urban environment as "street installations".

Jenkins believes his work distorts the social fabric of the city, giving plasticity to the otherwise solid state environment of buildings, laws and signage.


For further information: xmarkjenkinsx.com

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Daniel Man

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Lives and works in Munich.

1969 – Born in London / UK

1999 – 2003 Studied Fine Art at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Braunschweig under Prof. Walter Dahn.
2004 – 2005 Studied at the AdbK Munich under Markus Oehlen (Meisterschüler)


Man has been active as a Graffiti artist from 1984 until 2002 and has exhibited widely, both in Germany and abroad.

For further information: danielman.de

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Pius Portmann

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Born in Zug, Switzerland 1974. Lives and works in Zurich and New York.

In his drawings and illustrations, Pius Portmann combines various techniques and styles of painting. He is fascinated by contrasts: spraying a wall for two hours, not knowing how long his piece of work is going to survive or working in depth, on a smaller scale, in a very disciplined way for several days.

His central motif, however, is consistent and clear: he fathoms characters or "beings", be it by means of line drawing or through hyper-realistic representation; Portmann then imbeds these individual motifs and drawings within an overall ink-based image applied directly to the wall.


The result is the interplay of shapes, human beings, and lines, a surreal structure with intertwining motifs that re-appear in different ways, while fore- and background seem to merge.
For further information: piusportmann.ch

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Mirko Reisser (DAIM)

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Born in Lüneburg in 1971. Lives in Hamburg.Studied Fine Art at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Luzern / Switzerland.

DAIM is renowned for his brilliant and complex 3-d-style.

It makes the characters become tangible. They are shifted from a two-dimensional context into our perceptible three-dimensional world. The implication is that they have moved on to the next dimension, one they do not actually belong to. They push and strive for more; they want to be part of the dynamic world. In an almost courageous way, they demonstrate their overpowering skills, they twist within a space of fantastic colour, interlace, tilt - chopped up, they nestle against one another, join systems of arrows (that point outward into the real world), morph into the depth of the room and then out of it again, stretch in between two vanishing points, collapse, burst, tear to tatters, fragment, literally ‘spray away’. And, all of a sudden, the four characters D A I M become something that is abnormal from the strict conventions of typeface, which (to remain legible) is based on a latent uniformity of its shapes.

DAIM’s programme comprises the construction, as well as de-construction of a word (at some point, in between the processes of annealing and erasure, it emerges out of a synaesthetic sphere! And reveals: that it came into being out of nothingness and is always on the verge of disappearing into it again. DAIM- graffitis can be seen as fixed images of a word-formation that is constantly threatening to reassemble, denying access, escaping the demands of tangibility and, thereby, remain free and sovereign.

With every new DAIM-piece, Mirko Reisser takes possession of another piece of the world; and with every new DAIM-piece, the world takes possession of another piece of Mirko Reisser. "Shaping the character of letters and at the same time, discovering one’s own" is his dictum. The character of the letters remains variable, abstruse, in short: ambivalent (and, thus, subversive). In between construction and de-construction, two- and three-dimensions, complexity of shape and simplification of content, between seclusion and an invitation to communicate, Mirko Reisser’s works reveal the unfathomable rift of the world – at the crossing of which the beholder increasingly struggles.
Text: © 2007 - Arne Rautenberg

For further information: mirkoreisser.de

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Tilt

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Born 1973 in Toulouse where he still lives and works.

Tilt is an internationally recognised 'traditional' graffiti artist, originating from Toulouse in the South of France. A self declared 'graffiti fetishist', he learned his trade in the streets and on trains as a youngster. Ever since his first tags on a skateboard ramp back in '88, Tilt's ensuing career has been nourished and influenced by extensive travel. Inspirational journeys have seen him exhibit and leave his mark as far and wide as the U.S.A., Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, Canada, and in excess of 10 countries throughout Europe.

Tilt loves demonstrating that basic, primitive graffiti can be as strong as complicated 3D lettering, wildstyles and characters.
His focus on fun, high impact shapes and strong colours is a reflection of his history as a true graffiti writer, trained on the streets and in the train yards. Similarly, his extensive use of bubbly, curvaceous forms relates to his obsession with beautiful females. Following classic hip-hop graffiti ideology, his individual styled name is the focal point in the majority of his paintings, in Tilt's case a bubble letter 'Throw-Up' (graf terminology for a writer's spraypainted name) incorporating fast lines, done in one or two colours and designed for fast execution. This is the process that Tilt is most interested in, and this is how he utilises his throw-up styles to visually communicate the fun of creating graffiti in risky situations.

Tilt has published a book of his art and photography titled 'Fetish Bubble Girls'.
He is now working a lot on this project, photographing girls all around the world and painting on them. He is planning heading on more tours and of course painting murals and wallpieces.


For further Information: graffitilt.com

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Vitché

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Born in Sãu Paulo / Brazil in 1969.

The artist grew up scribing the streets in the city in the early 80´s. Specialising in urban interventions with strong environmental themes and a general sense of social conscience.
Today, he develops expositions, scenography, illustrations, objects made in wood, puppets, iron, mud, canvas and photography with a great variety of influences. Taking his art to countries in Europe, the USA and Latin America and defining his job as politic, lyrical and abstract, he tries to show the importance of the forgotten feelings that are swallowed by the big cities which are called by him as "The Great Dragon".
He sees in what he does a different way of being alive.

For further information: vitche.com.br

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Zevs

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1977 born in Saverne (France). Today, he lives and works in Paris.


I am open towards all contexts, but you cannot make exactly the same things in all of them. I do not have any difficulties with integrating the institutional circuits of contemporary art.

I was invited to the Sharjah Biennale in 2003 and by the N.G.B.K in Berlin in 2004.
The Visual Kidnapping Project, for instance, began in the street, on Alexanderplatz in Berlin. I had kidnapped the Lavazza girl on the giant bilboard and asked the owner of the image a ransom of EUR 500,000. This sum symbolically represents the price of an advertising campaign for such a huge company. But it was in the space of a Berlin gallery that I cut off the finger of the girl to send it to Lavazza's headquarters in Italy.
Afterwards I hid it in the catacombs in Paris, I showed it in art centres and museums, on the internet and it was finally at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris that the company re-purchased its image by making a donation to the museum.
However, a project can unfold in different ways, depending on the context.

For further information: z-e-v-s.com

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