Let’s talk about “Buffed Paintings” and “Schöns Züri” (Nice Zurich). How did you arrive to it’s name and style. Was it all by accident?
‘Schöns Züri‘ is the name of the antigraffiti program of Zurich. In 2007 they started to paint over all graffiti in the city in grey. This inspired me to paint colored pictures on canvas and then to paint them over in gray in order to imitate the antigraffiti program of Zurich.
My series ‘Buffed Paintings‘ was inspired by badly buffeted tags and trains. As a result of poor buff-attempts there often accrued forms which remained unintentionally. This caused something new and accidental that I personally found aesthetic. This has inspired me to my series ‘Buffed Paintings’.
As a writer, how important is typography and style?
It’s all about the letters!
What legacy would you want to leave? How would you want to be remembered?
I didn’t think about that yet.
What music are you currently listening on?
Very different kinds of music. Currently a lot of 80’s and 90’s hip hop.
Are you currently working on something new? How do you push your creativity? Describe your creative process when working on a piece.
I am working on a new series entitled ‘Sgraffito‘. I work rather quickly and i work one piece at a time. This is how I am used to. I like the energy that emanates from a piece like this. Of course not every piece always succeeds.
What is your advice to others that aspires to pursuit in the creative field?
Keep it simple and do not think about it too much!
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