André Schulze Revives Forgotten Masterpieces Through Graffiti Fusion André Schulze Revives Forgotten Masterpieces Through Graffiti Fusion Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine

André Schulze Revives Forgotten Masterpieces Through Graffiti Fusion

André Schulze (1982) hails from Dresden, Germany, where he wears two hats as an artist and a painting conservator, focusing on breathing new life into aging artworks. His passion for art ignited during his formative years, inspired by the vibrant graffiti adorning his city. This fascination led him to delve into graffiti himself, eventually pursuing a degree in fine arts at Dresden University of Fine Arts. Schulze is a nostalgic artist, infusing his work with a playful juxtaposition of the past and present.

Scouring antique shops, and thrift stores, and receiving donations from collectors, Schulze salvages old paintings on the brink of disposal. He meticulously restores these often severely damaged artworks before injecting them with his contemporary imagery, infused with subtle humor and meticulous attention to detail. For Schulze, this process is akin to granting a second life to forgotten masterpieces, breathing new meaning into them through modern interpretation.

From conscientiously repurposing materials to offering these artworks a fresh chance to captivate contemporary audiences, Schulze transcends the boundaries of the canvas, seamlessly integrating past worlds into our present reality.

We asked him some questions about his art and his beginnings, so we could feel a bit closer to him:

From where do you get your inspiration the most? 

  • I am inspired by many influences of our present time, like computer games, graphic design, contemporary art, and many visual influences.

Which are your favorite artists and why?

  • My favorite artists are painters from the German Romantic (period 1800-1850) like Caspar David Friedrich. But also traditional artists like Edward Hopper, Neo Rauch, or Gerhard Richter.

Did you want to be an artist when you were a kid?

  • When I was a kid I wanted to be a professional cyclist, but it didn’t work ;-)

Do you have any objectives/new projects coming up? 

  • I am looking forward to the next Bouquet release with Paradigm Gallery in June and a Group Show in September at Affenfaust Gallerie in Hamburg.

Which is your favorite piece you have done till now?

  • One of my favorite pieces is the portrait painting called “The Brain” from 2019. It’s a Biedermeier painting, where the head is out of glass with a view of his brain. The painting is still in my studio and not for sale. It was one of my first portraits and it feels like I did something like a self-portrait with it.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be? (can be another type of artist)

  •  I think I would still work in a bicycle store like I did a few weeks ago. I canceled my job to be a professional artist. 

What is the biggest learning you have learned in your career?

  • As an artist, I have always tried to go different ways and not fixate on one style. I think it’s important to reflect again and again and to integrate new impulses into your art. I have always tried out new things and been open to new ideas.

TEXT by Claudia Montserrat Segura  
@claudiamsegura

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