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Tona

Germany

Tona, German street art artist, began painting his stencils in Hamburg in 1999. He is one of the artists close to WCA of Artiste Ouvrier. His work has been exhibited in New York, Venezuela, Canada, South Africa, Tel Aviv, New Delhi and recently at the Galerie Lithium in Paris. Frequent traveler, Tona's work talks about his artist residencies around the world. Essentially India for his latest artworks.

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Painting on the streets; painting for the streets.

A dogma internalized by Tona.

Painting breaks all barriers as it doesn't require a language to communicate.

Whilst painting, kids are usually seen curiously hanging around him, and their lives are captured by him, through photographs.

These photos then transform into heavily detailed stencils, which are then painted in another city on another wall.

And so, their personalised stories start journeying across the crumbling facades of this world.

How will these images communicate with the passerby's?

Elucidated by the response and interaction that is brought upon whilst viewing.

It`s a game. A visualization. A alleged observation without comment.

These images don`t try and change the course of society.

Instead they are interested in a slow and cautious contact with the onlookers – extracting a visual and emotional frequency from within.

Tona's neverending search for an emotional connect becomes a permanent activity for him. Preferring the most unclean spaces to paint, with his keen interest in decay- One of life's paradoxes; since his stencils are overtly clean in appearance.

Tona's motifs travel with him and often spreads independently through digital networks. From the photo, to the stencil, to the wall, to the memory, through the lens of a camera, into the world, into the universe...

Everything is in flux, although the image stays firmly fixed on the wall, eventually it will collapse with it or disappear under a new layer of paint.

Somehow everything is connected and time remains a sensation.

Translation © 2018 by Anpu Varkey

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Tona, Smirk, Painting

Tona

Smirk, 2016
58.5 x 50 x 1 cm
Painting

€ 850

Tona, Headsup (on old platine), Painting

Tona

Headsup (on old platine), 2018
34 x 17 x 4.5 cm
Painting

€ 650

Tona, On the verge, Painting

Tona

On the verge, 2018
67.5 x 25.5 x 4 cm
Painting

€ 1,090

Tona, Rocknroll, Painting

Tona

Rocknroll, 2018
70 x 50 x 3.5 cm
Painting

€ 1,300

Tona, Floret, Painting

Tona

Floret, 2018
45 x 29.5 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€ 900

Tona, Hoody, Painting

Tona

Hoody, 2018
45 x 29.5 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€ 900

Tona, Würmchen/Mite, Painting

Tona

Würmchen/Mite, 2018
61.5 x 56.5 x 3.5 cm
Painting

€ 1,600

Tona, Thumbs up, Painting

Tona

Thumbs up, 2018
69 x 42 x 2.5 cm
Painting

€ 1,050

Tona, Jacketed, Painting

Tona

Jacketed, 2018
67 x 40 x 1 cm
Painting

€ 1,050

Tona, Sweetz, Painting

Tona

Sweetz, 2018
61 x 56 x 3.5 cm
Painting

€ 1,600

Tona, Schoolboy 2, Painting

Tona

Schoolboy 2, 2018
77 x 37 x 2 cm
Painting

€ 1,000

Tona, Batsman, Painting

Tona

Batsman, 2018
46.5 x 66 x 4 cm
Painting

€ 1,250

Tona, Petz, Painting

Tona

Petz, 2018
115.5 x 59 x 4 cm
Painting

€ 1,700

Tona, Schoolgirl, Painting

Tona

Schoolgirl, 2015
66 x 50 x 0.5 cm
Painting

€ 850

Tona, Yes Yo (on old platine), Painting

Tona

Yes Yo (on old platine), 2018
20.5 x 27.5 x 4.5 cm
Painting

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Tona, Bored, Painting

Tona

Bored, 2018
60 x 40 x 4.5 cm
Painting

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Tona, Crouch, Painting

Tona

Crouch, 2018
40 x 24.5 x 1.5 cm
Painting

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Tona, Thumbs, Painting

Tona

Thumbs, 2018
101 x 62.5 x 4 cm
Painting

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Tona, Slipknot, Painting

Tona

Slipknot, 2018
61 x 56 x 3.5 cm
Painting

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