DOME (Germany)

Street artist DOME lives and creates his art in the southwest German town of Karlsruhe. Fascinated by art in the streets he discovered spray paint as an artistic medium in 1994 and started painting walls, finding his niche creating art that examines the human body and the human condition in a surrealistic manner.

In 2011 he had the idea to isolate parts of the body and draw them individually, developing a system of “modular construction,” constructing his artwork out of pieces drawn in increments of 45 degrees; a body part is drawn and then rotated 45 degrees and drawn again, and then again, etc, allowing him the flexibility to quickly change a portion of the composition without starting the entire composition over. The parts are drawn on heavy paper and cut out so they are ready to be glued together for each new composition. Once everything is in place, he paints the subjects of his surreal world with pens, Indian ink and acrylic, and the figures come to life. Just as a piece of music can unexpectedly transport us to a world of contemplation, his works invites the observer to stop and explore the thoughts and emotions experienced while gazing upon the surreal images before him.

Inspiration from by baroque architecture, floral patterns, brackets and altars are included in his artwork, often presenting his figures in landscapes, on stages and platforms, which are accompanied by banners of words with a font that was created by the artist himself.