From the artist:
My name is Fredrik Robens, I am a 22 year old artist residing on Madeira island attending the Universidade da Madeira, Visual Arts.
I was born 1999 in Dortmund (Germany). I started painting when I was around 3 years old, while facing racism in Germany as a half-cast. I’m the son of a German father and an Angolan mother. My predetermined identity crisis made me painting psychoanalytical faces, choosing monsters and „ugly faces“ as subjects of my visual language, at the time when I still wasn’t able to express properly due to traumatizing experiences that made me stuttering and decelerating the process of learning how to speak.
I studied African-Studies for 1 year in Leipzig (Germany) to raise awareness of my identity and to understand my position in society.
I was inspired by artists that have the same passion of depicting cruelty of life and suffering of people, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Egon Schiele, Francis Bacon, Otto Dix, Van Gogh, Picasso, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz and Arno Rink.
My work can be found in Amymon Gallery (Bratislava), I participated at the Luso-Angolan Market in Cascais and at the Akassa Festival in Vienna, Exhibition in Tabor (Czech Republic). And will participate in exhibition Bratislava and Praga.
At Art Center Caravel, during the exhibition