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

2020
  • Gin Huang Gallery, 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

      Follow Your Heart

2020
80 x 55 cm
Synthetic resin paint on exit sign
      Follow Your Heart

      2020
      80 x 55 cm
      Synthetic resin paint on exit sign

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