Updated: Aug 28
My name is Fredrik Robens, I am a 21 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 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 for 1 year African-Studies 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.