Mixed media, acrylic paint, spraypaint, stencil
60 x 110 cm
The city of Koblenz in Germany stands architecturally divided, its old town’s narrow streets and cosy courtyards surrounded on all sides by modern expansions. As such, it seems an appropriate birthplace for Wolfgang Ohlig, whose visual artistry would reimagine traditional concepts with an urban aesthetic.
And while Ohlig was born in 1969, it wasn’t until the late 1990s that his VISEone alias emerged, initially exhibiting his creativity as a graffiti writer. But this short-lived period of his career would be abandoned for musical aspirations, ones that resulted in him being a hip hop DJ and producer with a major record label deal.
Though, a decade later, his fine arts side could no longer be denied.
Upon discovering the designer toy art movement in 2007, Ohlig was invigorated with ideas and returned wholeheartedly to a visual medium. By 2010, Ohlig’s VISEone alias had received international attention for his augmented vinyl sculptural forms, transforming mass-produced plastics into unique works of art. But, less than four years later, VISEone was prepared for new conceptual challenges, taking the form of his stylized graffiti tags reimagined as abstract metal sculptures. Further peeling his street art aesthetic off of the walls and onto more traditional mediums, VISEone added canvas works to his oeuvre in 2015.
And while it has been decades since VISEone‘s work has adorned a city’s wall, he remains a thoroughly urban artist. One, though, that continues to pioneer ways in which express his aesthetic.
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born 1969 is an urban artist from germany – best known for his lowbrow custom designs of urban vinyl toys which were embraced within the toy niche, as well as crossing over to influential design media like Notcot and Design You Trust.
His works - owned by international collectors - have been shown around the world.
VISEone started his creative path in the early 1990's as a graffiti writer when character design was his main field. Due a musical career (end of 1999) as a national booked hiphop DJ and producer with a major record deal he took a break from painting before he stepped back in 2007 when he discovered the urban vinyl scene.
Since then he constantly created unique custom works on vinyl platform toys and released several limited editions of his iconic style.
VISEone is best known for his dripping style where he combines his graffiti roots and his love of lowbrow and comic design.
He belongs to the top designers in the urban vinyl scene and his works are all sold out and sought after.
20 years after VISEone's last piece on a wall he went back to his roots of graffiti paintings but went one step further:
He creates - part life-sized - sculptures cut and bent out of heavy metal where he peels off his classic graffiti tag to put it into the open space to show a dynamic and 3-dimensional way of graffiti writing.
VISEone lives and works in Germany.