Van Ray

  
 

Van Ray

b. 1984 German




The German street art artist Van Ray grew up under the influence of the Parisian “Pochoir Movement” during the Eighties. 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 the Western society Van Ray broadened his artistic on hand skills by redeveloping methods like using stencils, stickers, paste-ups and sculptures. 


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The German street art artist Van Ray grew up under the influence of the Parisian “Pochoir Movement” during the Eighties. 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 the 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 “fancyroom” which could be seen as an elaborate try to create a symbiosis of design and street art. The results were used by several textile manufactures as part of their products. Van Ray started simultaneously to offer general public access to mainly printed work by exhibitions.


Van Ray's work reflect a fusion of street art, pop art and contemporary art - retaining the basic elements of his distinctive artistic style without loosing sight of his intended social criticism. His recent work makes use of various techniques, such as aerosol paint, acrylic paint, collage and decollage, on iron sheets, acrylic glass, wooden slats or retro vending machines.


CV

2021
  • ONE ART Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
2020
  • Van Ray Solo Show, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Queens;Vandals(feat. Patrizia Casagranda), Art Gallery Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden
  • Wikam, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Wikam, Vienna
  • Art Karlsruhe,(fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Art Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
  • London Art Fair, (fa), Venet-Haus Galerie @ London Art Fair, London
2019
  • Dare, (so), 30Works Gallery, Cologne
  • AAF, (fa), Venet-Haus Galerie @ AAF, Hamburg
  • Art Bodensee, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Art Bodensee, Dornbirn
  • Popeye No2,(gr), Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg
  • Metronome Festival,(l), Live Performance, Prague
  • Art Karlsruhe,(fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Art Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
  • Urban Works, (gr), Galerie Hegemann, Munich
  • London Art Fair, (fa), Venet-Haus Galerie @ London Art Fair, London
2018
  • Never Let Idiots Ruin Your Day, (so), 30Works Gallery, Cologne
  • 5 Years, (so), Venet-Haus Galerie, Ulm
  • Fair for Art Vienna, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Kunstmesse Wien, Vienna
  • Art Bodensee, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Art Bodensee, Dornbirn
  • Art Karlsruhe,(fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Art Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
  • Rusted Reflections, (so), Neue Kunst Gallery, Karlsruhe
  • London Art Fair, (fa), Venet-Haus Galerie @ London Art Fair, London
2017
  • One Dollar Bill, (so),30Works Gallery, Cologne
  • Sympathy for the Rebel, (so), Museum of Bergkamen
  • Oxidated Optimism, (so), Ahoy Gallery, Palma
  • Art Bodensee, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Art Bodensee, Dornbirn
  • Fuck Boring, (so), Venet-Haus Galerie, Ulm
  • Wikam, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Wikam, Vienna
  • Art Karlsruhe,(fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Art Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
  • London Art Fair, (fa), Venet-Haus Galerie @ London Art Fair, London
2016
  • Diamonds Rust, (so), 30Works Gallery, Cologne
  • Art.Fair, (fa), 30Works Gallery @ Art.Fair, Cologne
  • Wikam, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Wikam, Vienna
  • Art Bodensee, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Art Bodensee, Dornbirn
  • Not Limits, (gr), Galerie Hegemann, Munich
  • The Rust of Rebellion, (so), 30works Gallery, Cologne
  • Limits are made to be broken, (so), Neue Kunst Gallery, Karlsruhe
  • Art Karlsruhe,(fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Art Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
2015
  • GrossArtig, (gr), Galerie Hegemann, Munich
  • Art.Fair, (fa), 30Works Galerie @ Art.Fair, Cologne
  • What if it's all a lie?, (so), 30Works Gallery, Cologne
  • Stroke Art Fair, (fa), 30Works Gallery @ Stroke Art Fair, Munich
  • Urban Beauty, (gr), Urban Art Gallery, Stuttgart
  • Stealing graffiti is a crime, (gr), Galerie Kellermann, Düsseldorf
2014
  • Urban Art Festival, (gr), KuFa, Luxembourg
  • Fuck You, (so), 30Works Gallery, Cologne
  • Urban Art, (gr), Gallery Hegemann, Munich
  • Street Art, (gr), Gallery am Dom / Kulturamt Wetzlar, Wetzlar
2013
  • Van Ray, (so), Gallery Wagner+Marks, Frankfurt
  • Dirty Works #04, (gr), 30Works Gallery, Cologne
2012
  • Expo for Mattia, (gr), Palazzo Filangieri, Naples
  • to wild to die, (gr), Gallery Alexandra Grass, Bielefeld
  • Dirty Works #03, (gr), ATM Gallery Berlin, Berlin
    2011
    • City Leaks, (gr), 30Works Gallery, Cologne
    • Van Ray, (so), Plum Gallery, Shanghai
    • Dirty Works #02, (gr), 30Works Gallery, Cologne


      SELECTED WORKS

      To Good Life 

2020
81.5 x 52 cm
Synthetic resin paint on enamel sign
      To Good Life

      2020
      81.5 x 52 cm
      Synthetic resin paint on enamel sign
      Devotion Panel

2020
126 x 76.5 cm
Synthetic resin paint, Rust technique on steel, Dollar bills
      Devotion Panel

      2020
      126 x 76.5 cm
      Synthetic resin paint, Rust technique on steel, Dollar bills
      Sunny Thoughts

2020
117 x 77.5 cm	
Synthetic resin paint on enamel sign
      Sunny Thoughts

      2020
      117 x 77.5 cm
      Synthetic resin paint on enamel sign
      Tin Gods

2020
73.5 x 181.5 cm
Synthetic resin paint, Rust technique on steel, Plexiglass
      Tin Gods

      2020
      73.5 x 181.5 cm
      Synthetic resin paint, Rust technique on steel, Plexiglass
      Beautiful Real

2020
39.5 x 74 cm
Synthetic resin paint on enamel sign
      Beautiful Real

      2020
      39.5 x 74 cm
      Synthetic resin paint on enamel sign
      King Up 

2020	
126 x 126 cm	
Synthetic resin paint, Rust technique on steel, Dollar bills
      King Up

      2020
      126 x 126 cm
      Synthetic resin paint, Rust technique on steel, Dollar bills
      The Purpose 

2020
118 x 58 cm 
Synthetic resin paint on enamel sign
      The Purpose

      2020
      118 x 58 cm
      Synthetic resin paint on enamel sign
      Oh Sweet Love 

2020
84 x 28 x 17.5 cm
Synthetic resin paint on enamel sign
      Oh Sweet Love

      2020
      84 x 28 x 17.5 cm
      Synthetic resin paint on enamel sign
      Succeeded

2020
118 x 78 cm
Synthetic resin paint on enamel sign
      Succeeded

      2020
      118 x 78 cm
      Synthetic resin paint on enamel sign
      Retrospect

2020
Diameter 55 cm
Synthetic resin paint on enamel sign
      Retrospect

      2020
      Diameter 55 cm
      Synthetic resin paint on enamel sign
      Circus Routes 

2020
73.5 x 181.5 cm
Synthetic resin paint, Rust technique on steel
      Circus Routes

      2020
      73.5 x 181.5 cm
      Synthetic resin paint, Rust technique on steel
      Ballsy 

2020
58 x 87 cm
Synthetic resin paint on enamel sign
      Ballsy

      2020
      58 x 87 cm
      Synthetic resin paint on enamel sign
      Wealth - Rubin 

2020
126.5 x 81.5 cm
Synthetic resin paint, Rust technique on steel, Mirror glass
      Wealth - Rubin

      2020
      126.5 x 81.5 cm
      Synthetic resin paint, Rust technique on steel, Mirror glass
      Reality Check 	

2020
126 x 126 cm
Synthetic resin paint, Rust technique on steel, Plexiglass
      Reality Check

      2020
      126 x 126 cm
      Synthetic resin paint, Rust technique on steel, Plexiglass

      PRESS

      Van Ray Solo Show trailer
      Video|"Van Ray Solo Show" say hello to Asia
      Artist with artworks
      Press|Interview: VAN RAY
      Van Ray
      Press|Widewalls 2017
      Van Ray
      Video|Opening in Europe - "Fuck Boring"
      Van Ray
      Press|Widewalls 2016

      EXHIBITION

      ONE ART Taipei 2021
      The Sherwood Taipei @Booth 1524
      2021. 1. 15 - 1. 17
      /Artist German artist Van Ray, Malaysian artist Shafiq Nordin and Nederlanders artist Loes van Delft. /Booth 1524 @ The Sherwood Taipei
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      Van Ray Solo Show
      2020. 12. 18 - 2021. 02. 28
      GIN HUANG Gallery is happy to invite German artist Van Ray’s work to be exhibited in Taiwan, which is his very first solo exhibition “Van Ray Solo Show” in Asia. The artist uses antiques from the early 19th to 20th centuries as a base for creation, and uses the concept of time and history to combine with contemporary images.
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