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Reso

Born in 1975 - Germany

BIOGRAPHY

For Reso the city of New York has, in many ways, always played a significant role. A strong family bond enabled him to spend several weeks a year with his New York side of the family in the greater metropolitan area. It was there, that Reso was first exposed to the graffiti carrying subways, which triggered his everlasting fascination for traditional graffiti.

He himself picked up the first spray can in the late 1980’s and shortly after his local reputation as a graffiti-writer had transmerged into international fame. Up until 2004 Reso visited many of Europe’s and North America’s major cities, leaving his signature designs and graphics on hundreds of public walls.

Even after switching from spraying on walls to painting on canvas, Reso’s original style of writing is easily recognized in his most recent works. With the lettering and typography still serving as a foundation, the new elements act as a subtle picture frame, waiting to be filled with a written self-portrait.

Contrary to the artistic and typographic lettering of Reso’s merits, the simple and functional writing that we are exposed to in our every-day-life is very much influenced by the ferocious and fast-paced heartbeat of a modern-day society. According to Reso, the subtle and delicately shaped typographic differences waiting to catch our attention are rarely even noticed by those passing by on their way to work. For Reso this was reason enough to break with the norms of traditional typography.

His way of lettering is free of restrictions and his conscious, yet emotional approach away from rational functionality, has dominated his work ever since. Similar to a unique style of handwriting, he regards the shape, curve and pitch of letters as a true and honest mirror of one’s character, a revelation of the inner soul committed to share a felt emotion with those seeking to observe. Unwilling to bend to the common perception of right or wrong, letters are rearranged, transformed, modified and in a way even redefined.
In Reso’s artwork, letters develop a one-of-a-kind dynamic.

Every line, each brushstroke, even a single paint tear initiate the following before coming together in a visual masterpiece. In the solitude of his studio, he manages to channel and merge the experiences and emotions gathered during the numerous journeys that lay behind. Every destination and the sensations witnessed, but especially those experienced away from the major tourist attractions, inspire his work just as much as the close relationships to the various artists and friends he has met along the way. Every color and every shape pays tribute to a single moment, an emotion, an experience – a written self-portrait.

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EXHIBITIONS

2014
Galeria Espacio 304 - A Matter of Abstraction - duo show / San Juan, Puerto Rico
Galerie Celal - Merging Abstractions - duo show / Paris, France
44309 Streeart Gallery - Urban Abstraction - solo show / Dortmund, Germany

2013
Galerie Yves Laroche - De la ligne à l‘abstraction - group show / Montreal, Canada
Galerie Celal - Accrochage Collectif - group show / Paris, France
Galerie Neuheisel - Zeichen - solo show / Saarbrücken, Germany
Museum World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklinger ironworks-european centre of arts and industrial culture - Urban Art Biennale 2013 - group show / Völklingen, Germany

2012
Saarländische Galerie - Aufbruch - solo show / Berlin, Germany
Galerie Celal - Urban Brains - group show / Paris, France
Galerie Celal - sur papier - group show / Paris, France

2011
Museum World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklinger ironworks-european centre of arts and industrial culture - Urban Art / Graffiti21 - group show / Völklingen, Germany
Galerie Neuheisel - Back Home - solo show / Saarbrücken, Germany
Carhartt Gallery - Remix - group show / Weil am Rhein, Germany

2010
Ruttkowski68 - STOPOVER - duo show / Cologne, Germany

2009
The Showroom Gallery - Generations - group show / New York, USA
Urban Uprising Gallery - group show / Sydney, Australia
London Miles Gallery - summer print exhibition - group show / London, UK
Galerie Arsenal - group show / Metz, France
Europa Museum - group show / Schengen, Luxembourg

2008
Galerie Leisman - Inks ´n Drips - group show / St. Ingbert, Germany

2006
All City Style - group show / Frankfurt am Main, Köln, Dortmund, Hamburg, Berlin, München (Germany)

2005
Stadt Galerie Saarbrücken - ÜberBilder - group show / Saarbrücken, Germany

2003
Wollmagazin - Fusion, Nacht der Museen - group show / Kaiserslautern, Germany

2002
Universidad Pompeu Fabra - OFFF Post-Digital Culture / Barcelona, Spain

1999
Queichtalmuseum - Kunst im Atrium - group show / Offenbach (Pfalz), Germany
Universität des Saarlandes - group show / Saarbrücken, Germany

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