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A street artist who is highly influenced by his cities, trials and tribulations. The landscape of the city. Be it in the buildings, the people, the fashion or then the graffiti that adorns its alleys, walls and floors. Axel Void is essentially an urban artist. Living and breathing the cities in which he paints, on which he paints. Void is prolific and never seems to tire of subject or medium, he works across different styles be it installation, murals, spray paint, oil and acrylic paintings, audio and video recordings, or his numerous drawings. When asked about his work, Void says “Art is a form of expression, no one gets it, it is a ramification of the soul.”
Born in 1986 in Miami, Axel Void grew up in Spain. His father was Haitiian and his mother Spanish. After his parents decided to move to Europe when he was just three years old, he grew up in Andalusia. He has lived in Berlin for a while so he believes that his art is an amalgamation of all that he has collected. The effect of his roots combination and life of travel is obvious in his art – through small bits of culture and life from everywhere he went and everyone he met.
Why Axel Void?
Axel made contact with the graffiti scene at the early age of 13. Powerful in ts expression, it was an experience which influenced his forms of expression and the conception of his artworks, taking a parallel path with the commercial world of contemporary art. Axel is now a part of a generation of young painters who derive their dynamics from graffiti culture and urban art, very much in demand.
In the growing up years he studied at Contemporary Art institutions and Fine Art schools in Cádiz, Granada and Sevilla, where he remained active until he moved to Germany in 2010. As mentioned before, for a period of three years he lived in Berlin before deciding to change his environment again and move to the city of his birth Miami where he currently resides.
It is difficult to classify his work as he himself admits that it is an expression, and cannot really be intellectually understood. He enjoys moving between several kinds of different media such as mural, installation, oil and acrylic painting, audio and video recording and drawing which display his radical vision. This is in line with the kind of voice he would like to share.
An urbanist he does not shy away from bring out and showcasing that which is disturbing and unpleasant. That which is challenging to the psychological and imagination. The social issues that are many times interrupted by ironic statements, dominate the content of Axel Void’s work. Looking at his work it can be read that in working and creating the way he does, choosing the surfaces he does – he holds a mirror to society, and that he reminds us of how fleeting time is and the importance of remembering. For those who have been immigrants and wanderers and travellers this is something that they would resonate with.
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