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Lacuna

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Lacuna

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Lacuna

Lacuna is an anonymous artist who combines modern street art elements with classical oil painting. He reflects on the social interactions between people and analyses historical events pictorially. His works are like narratives and some are preceded by extensive research.
 
In his childhood, Lacuna came across the book The Yellow Star by Gerhard Schönberner about the prosecution of Jews in Europe between 1933 and 1945. This book had an enormous impact on him and subsequently influenced his work. He became politically active in the anarchist and anti-fascist movement. During this time, he read a how-to-do article about graffiti writing in a political magazine. Lacuna had already been painting political slogans on walls, but this article planted the roots for his further activities. After several trail draft pieces on paper, he sprayed his first graffiti on a wall at the end of 1994.
 
The limitation of spraying nothing but his own name restricted Lacuna. He found himself unable to express his feelings and thoughts in the way he was aiming for. Many people cannot read or understand graffiti lettering. He therefore started to draw figures with pencil on paper in order to convey a wider range of issues that included solutions as well as reflections of society in addition to an emotional context besides anger or dismay at the state of the human world. The early works of Blek le Rat and Banksy encouraged him to include people in his graffiti. In 2002, he cut out his first stencil and sprayed it on a wall.
 
Stencilling makes precision possible. Lacuna prepares the work at his own leisure in the studio before transferring it to a wall. Through stencils, he passes his criticism on society and current political affairs in a direct, subtle, and humorous way. He highlights alternatives and includes his own perspectives. Many of his paintings are done in black and white to concentrate on the message and the meaning.
Today he combines the stencil technique, with which he worked in public spaces for over 20 years, with classical oil painting, which he used in his studio on canvas. He unites this combination of apparent opposites and opposing forces like yin and yang to create a new body of works. At the same time, he remains true to himself and still sprays without permission in public spaces.

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