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Van Ray

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Van Ray

Düsseldorf, 1984 (Germany)

The German Street art artist Van Ray grew up under the influence of the Parisian “Pochoir Movement” during the Eighties in the West German city of Duesseldorf.

As a result of this early force of this kind of art, which prevalent implicates art as an expression of social criticism in public, he began to express his own view of society with the help of Graffiti. Due to personal maturation and developed abilities to deal with ubiquitous social and political problems of Western society Van Ray broadened his artistic on-hand skills by redeveloping methods like using stencils, stickers, paste-ups, and sculptures. This incremental development is also reflected in his public work.

On the basis of his so far mastered artistic skills Van Ray was supervised in drawing and painting by the well-known Susanne Ristow, this extensive process didn’t prevent him from simultaneous 3D animation and visualization experiments.

As a result of a personal wrap in 2007, accompanied by a movement to Cologne, Van Ray took this opportunity to establish the artist collaboration “fancy room” which could be seen as an elaborate try to create a symbiosis of design and street art. The results were used by several textile manufacturers as part of their products. Van Ray started simultaneously to offer general public access to mainly printed work through exhibitions.

Nowadays Van Ray’s work reflects a fusion of Street art, Pop art, and qualified nonsense, retaining the basic elements of his distinctive artistic style without losing sight of his intended social criticism. His recent work makes use of various techniques (Aerosol paint, Acrylic painting, Collage, and Décollage) on wooden slats or iron sheets. These arrangements can be contemplated in galleries as well in Germany and China.

  • 2020 Queens&Vandals (feat. Patrizia Casagranda), Art Gallery Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden.
  • 2020 Wikam, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Wikam, Vienna.
  • 2020 Art Karlsruhe, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Art Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe.
  • 2020 London Art Fair, (fa), Venet-Haus Galerie @ London Art Fair, London.
  • 2019 Dare, (so), 30Works Gallery, Cologne.
  • 2019 AAF, (fa), Venet-Haus Galerie @ AAF, Hamburg.
  • 2019 Art Bodensee, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Art Bodensee, Dornbirn.
  • 2019 Popeye No2, (gr), Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg.
  • 2019 Metronome Festival, (l), Live Performance, Prague.
  • 2019 Art Karlsruhe, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Art Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe.
  • 2019 Urban Works, (gr), Galerie Hegemann, Munich.
  • 2019 London Art Fair, (fa), Venet-Haus Galerie @ London Art Fair, London.
  • 2018 Never Let Idiots Ruin Your Day, (so), 30Works Gallery, Cologne.
  • 2018 5 Years, (so), Venet-Haus Galerie, Ulm.
  • 2018 Fair for Art Vienna, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Kunstmesse Wien, Vienna.
  • 2018 Art Bodensee, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Art Bodensee, Dornbirn.
  • 2018 Art Karlsruhe, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Art Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe.
  • 2018 Rusted Reflections, (so), Neue Kunst Gallery, Karlsruhe.
  • 2018 London Art Fair, (fa), Venet-Haus Galerie @ London Art Fair, London.
  • 2017 One Dollar Bill, (so), 30Works Gallery, Cologne.
  • 2017 Sympathy for the Rebel, (so), Museum of Bergkamen.
  • 2017 Oxidated Optimism, (so), Ahoy Gallery, Palma.
  • 2017 Art Bodensee, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Art Bodensee, Dornbirn.
  • 2017 Fuck Boring, (so), Venet-Haus Galerie, Ulm.
  • 2017 Wikam, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Wikam, Vienna.
  • 2017 Art Karlsruhe, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Art Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe.
  • 2017 London Art Fair, (fa), Venet-Haus Galerie @ London Art Fair, London.
  • 2016 Diamonds & Rust, (so), 30Works Gallery, Cologne.
  • 2016 Fair, (fa), 30Works Gallery @ Art.Fair, Cologne.
  • 2016 Wikam, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Wikam, Vienna.
  • 2016 Art Bodensee, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Art Bodensee, Dornbirn.
  • 2016 Not Limits, (gr), Galerie Hegemann, Munich.
  • 2016 The Rust of Rebellion, (so), 30works Gallery, Cologne.
  • 2016 Limits are made to be broken, (so), Neue Kunst Gallery, Karlsruhe.
  • 2016 Art Karlsruhe, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Art Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe.
  • 2015 GrossArtig, (gr), Galerie Hegemann, Munich.
  • 2015 Fair, (fa), 30Works Galerie @ Art.Fair, Cologne.
  • 2015 What if it's all a lie?, (so), 30Works Gallery, Cologne.
  • 2015 Stroke Art Fair, (fa), 30Works Gallery @ Stroke Art Fair, Munich.
  • 2015 Urban Beauty, (gr), Urban Art Gallery, Stuttgart.
  • 2015 Stealing graffiti is a crime, (gr), Galerie Kellermann, Düsseldorf.
  • 2014 Urban Art Festival, (gr), KuFa, Luxembourg.
  • 2014 Fuck You, (so), 30Works Gallery, Cologne.
  • 2014 Urban Art, (gr), Gallery Hegemann, Munich.
  • 2014 Street Art, (gr), Gallery am Dom / Kulturamt Wetzlar, Wetzlar.
  • 2013 Van Ray, (so), Gallery Wagner+Marks, Frankfurt.
  • 2013 Dirty Works #04, (gr), 30Works Gallery, Cologne.
  • 2012 Expo for Mattia, (gr), Palazzo Filangieri, Naples.
  • 2012 to wild to die, (gr), Gallery Alexandra Grass, Bielefeld.
  • 2012 Dirty Works #03, (gr), ATM Gallery Berlin, Berlin.
  • 2011 City Leaks, (gr), 30Works Gallery, Cologne.
  • 2011 Van Ray , (so), Plum Gallery, Shanghai.
  • 2011 Dirty Works #02, (gr), 30Works Gallery, Cologne.

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