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.

Nowadays Van Rays work reflect a fusion of street art, pop art and qualified nonsense, 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 (aerosol paint, acrylic paint, collage and décollage) on iron sheets, wooden slats or retro vending machines. These arrangements can be contemplated in galleries from Cologne over Rome to Shanghai.

 [Albus 2013]

Selected exhibitions

  • 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 - 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 - Art.Fair, (fa), 30Works Gallery @ Art.Fair, Cologne.
  • 2016 - Wikam, (fa), Neue Kunst Gallery @ Wikam, Vienna.
  • 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 - Art.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.