Born in the then-communist East Germany, Michael Moebius was forced to put art aside; however his passion was stronger and he’s now become one of the most demanded artists worldwide, as he explains in this interview:
As a child I hadn’t really noticed any difference as this (East Germany) was all that I knew. However I always had an affinity for the beautiful baroque architecture surrounding me and tended to escape in this. In my earlier teen years I began to notice that something was not right with the system.
Did this political situation force you to put art aside, or did you always keep doodling?
Yes, almost everything was controlled as I grew to learn. Almost all of the items which we received from the west part of the world such as magazines, toys, soda cans were forbidden in east Berlin. Even Donald Duck was a threat to East Berlin
Did you have any artistic influence coming from your family?
No, but as a child and growing up I would dearly hold on to the then forbidden items I’ve mentioned and these really influenced me with their colors, designs and scents.
Was there any artist you always looked up to?
Yes, Vargas, Warhol, Picasso, Caravaggio, Titian to name a few.
In what moment did you decide to dedicate your life completely to arts? What triggered it?
While I was forced to serve in the East German army which was just prior to and during the falling of the Berlin Wall.
It all starts with an idea, then I carefully move on to sketching and creating the final piece. This will vary with each medium I use.
In your case, is there any direct relationship between the artist and the buyer/collector?
Yes and no, my work can only be acquired through galleries. But I absolutely love meeting and developing relationships with my collectors.
Where can we currently see your work?
My work is currently on exhibit at 4 galleries:
– Maddox Gallery, London
– Art Angels, Los Angeles
– Mouche, Los Angeles
– Izzy Gallery, Toronto
My advice for young artists is that if the passion is there they should keep pursuing it.
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