Damian Yves Rohde is a contemporary Berlin-based artist who is known for his versatility. Growing up in an artistic family in West Berlin, he began experimenting with his own creations at an early age. Always directly influenced and inspired by his close contacts and the Zeitgeist (for example by the former Berliner Kunsthaus Tacheles or the Dead Chickens collective), he first began to make a name for himself as a graffiti artist.
After studying art at the Universität der Künste in Berlin (UdK), he began to work in classical painting. His abstract works are colorful and unconventional and show an unmistakable and unique character. Despite his worldwide success (shows in Paris, London and Basel, amongst others), he has remained true to his artistic roots on the street and continues to design art walls. Remarkably, Damian Yves Rohde is one of the most important street artists in Cuba. All of Havana is adorned with his (legal) artworks, created over the past decade. No local artist has painted as much in the island’s streets as he has.
‘Waiting for Damian’ is a collaboration with graffiti artist Bustart. Tracing a line between graffiti origins and contemporary street art, Bustart has evolved a style that transcends its roots, forming an immediately recognisable aesthetic. His blend of invented cartoon characters, pop-culture iconography, and clean, crisp lines of colour and text make an unmistakable mark on the streets of Berlin, and beyond. This makes for an impactful, arresting style that delights passers by with its playful composition and pop-culture references. Located just off Sophienstraße, a stone’s throw away from the Kino Central open-air cinema, the mural lies in an area of Mitte filled with street art.