KEF

b 1989 Aachen, Germany. Lives and works in Berlin.

ARTIST STATEMENT

KEF!, was born in Aachen and raised in a small German western town called Übach-Palenberg. He moved to London in 2013 after seeing the vibrant street art scene and feeling that there was a place for his style. In 2015, he decided to move to Berlin attracted by its alternative lifestyle.
The intricate style of KEF!’s work can be described as abstract graffiti. He speaks about the peace and harmony within the lines he creates and that the mission of his current life is to spread these two aspects. KEF! believes that there is an disorder in the material word and the only way he can change something is to transmit the feeling of harmony through his paintings. Every single painting is like a piece of a puzzle but also complete in itself. As an artist he works instinctively taking inspiration from Buddhist teachings and nature. Nature contains for KEF! the utmost beauty on this planet.
KEF!’s work can now be seen all across the globe and has been working among others with Urban Outfitters, Park Lane Hotel Hong Kong and Printemps Paris.

Vita

Exhibitions
  • 2017 International Contemporary Art Fair art3f Metz, Orlinda Lavergne Gallery, France
  • 2016 l’Art au sommet, Galeries Bartoux, Courchevel, France, (group show)

  • 2016 LA PIÈCE AUX HARMONIES, Akiza: La Galerie, Paris, France (solo show)
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2015 Garden (P)arty, Studio411 Galerie, Montpellier, France (group show)
  • 2015 EXP؆INVA8ION, Akiza: La Galerie, Paris, France (group show)
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2014 INSECTES & ARACHNIDES, Akiza: La Galerie, Paris, France (group show)

  • 2014 art4peace, Hoxton Gallery, London, United Kingdom (group show)
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2013 The Present, Curious Duke Gallery, London, United Kingdom (group show)

  • 2013 Wayfarer, Curious Duke Gallery, London, United Kingdom (group show)
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2013 Visitors, Neeshkat Gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany (group show)

  • 2012 Exhibition I, Neeshkat Gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany (group show)
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2012 Urban Innovaters-Urban Art Event, Apres, London, United Kingdom (group show)
  • 2012 Arthok, Atelier LAKE Streetart Galerie, Aachen, Germany (solo show)
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2011 Drawing Connections, Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy (group show)

  • 2011 I love KEF!, Galerie Icke3.0, Aachen, Germany (solo show)

  • 2010 Untitled, damenundherren, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo show)
Selected commissions
  • 2017 Installation, Hotel Molitor Paris, France
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2016 Mural, ceiling and painting on glass, Park Lane Hotel, Hong Kong
  • 2016 Watertank painting, Coart, Dali, China
2016 Mural/object painting, The Celt Experience, Caerphilly, Wales
  • 2015 Mural painting, Coartpark, Liuzhou, China
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2015 Installation, POP UP Fashion Berlin, Bikini Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • 2015 Canvas, 3 x 8 meter, Fishman Haygood, Baton Rouge, United States
  • 2015 Indoor painting, Magda Danysz Gallery, London, United Kingdom
  • 2015 Indoor design, The Dentist Gallery, London, United Kingdom

  • 2014 Indoor design, Urban Outfitters store, Hong Kong, China
Selected festivals/projects
  • 2017 Gallery Weekend, Studio 183, Berlin, Germany
  • 2017 The Haus, Berlin, Germany
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2017 Le M.U.R. Mulhouse, Mulhouse, France

  • 2016 European Parliament's EYE2016, Strasbourg, France
  • 2015 Whitecross Street Party, London, United Kingdom
  • 2015 Garden (P)Arty, Montpellier, France
  • 2014 Paint Jam, Gloucester, United Kingdom
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2013 Somerford Grove Adventure Playground, London, Untited Kingdom
  • 2013 Kindergarten Kentucky Allee, Karlsruhe (Germany)

  • 2013 totgesagte sterben länger, damenundherren, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2013 Whitecross Street Party, London, United Kingdom

  • 2013 Upfest, Bristol, United Kingdom
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2012 Auferstehung aus Ruinen, Graffiti Lobby Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Selected bibliography/media
  • TheHaus, TheBuch, German book, 2017
 Stilbruch, German television, RBB, 2017
Abendschau, German television, ARD, 2017
Liuzhou weekly, interview, chinesische newspaper, 2015 Culture news, french television, France 3, 2015 Res, Swedish, Magazine, 2015
Sophie Devineau, ''Formation, qualification, éducation, emploi'', French Book, 2014 Joe Epstein, ''London Graffiti and Streetart'', English Book, 2014

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