“I'm part of this planet. And nature is reality. My art is a new interpretation of that reality.”
Herr von Bias’s colorful murals seem to be in perpetual motion. An enervating and sharp mix of street art, tagging, comic and psychedelic styles that sometimes border on the abstract, his work is a reaction to the place where he grew up, the largest Plattenbau estate in the GDR, Marzahn.
“To understand my work, you need to know where I come from. I grew up in the East Berlin suburbs. If you drive through Marzahn today, everything is beautiful and green and the houses are renovated and brightly painted. The early ‘90s, on the other hand, were characterized by grey dreariness. The place was a huge concrete desert. After the euphoria of the reunification faded, mass unemployment, violence and shattered dreams remained. It was around ’93 or ’94 when I noticed the first splashes of color on our Plattenbau buildings. Some strangely shaped, colorful letters that suddenly adorned the facades captivated me. Once, we saw a graffiti sprayer. I watched him for hours, totally fascinated. Of course, we also dusted off his empty cans. Later, we got ourselves a few cans and started spraying all over the place. This subversive, anarchistic idea of graffiti had grabbed me. If the world is too grey for you, then make it colorful.”
In celebration of ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ 20th anniversary, HRVB applies his signature colour candy style to this pop-culture infused mural. With an almost psychedelic palette, Spongebob is taken to new sensory heights, taking us all for a ride on Gary the Snail.The mural was created above Berlin’s famous ‘Lido’ music venue, in the Wrangelkiez district of Kreuzberg, known for its ‘counterculture’ arts and entertainment scene.