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Boris Hoppek

The variety of Boris Hoppek’s work is unlimited; he draws quickly with a reduced line, using selected colors only, thus creating his own character universe using a very specific, and often drastic visual language. The cuddliness of his bimbo-character, carried to the extreme in his very loveable puppets, stands in huge contrast to his radical themes: violence, sexuality, racism, oppression. Hoppek doesn’t care about political correctness, neither does he intend to provoke; he shows what he sees and what he wants us to see in undisguised, unmasked but very fresh and agile paintings, photos, sculptures and installations. Most of his works seem accessible on first view – but the initial impression is often completely reversed again on the second look. Hoppek, who by principle never explains his works beyond the visible, challenges the individual interpretation or analysis by the observer.
Being an acclaimed name in the Graffiti-world since the late eighties, he has taken his street approach in his very unique, professional, calm and unagitated way onto an astonishingly high level to bring it into galleries and our homes. He has successfully exhibited in galleries, museum shows and on festivals worldwide over the past years.
Boris Hoppek is an outstanding talent within the contemporary art scene. Since 2004, the heliumcowboy artspace has exhibited his works in four solo shows and on diverse art fairs. In Basel and Miami 2007, Hoppek set up huge interactive cardboard installations at SCOPE, and today he is one of the most prominent European artists coming from a background in Street Art/Graffiti. Boris Hoppek is one of the few trailblazers of this art scene who successfully managed to develop his own creative path away from purely expressing his thoughts in the streets, and consequently became one of the most sought after voices in a new era of today’s art. For SCOPE Basel 2008, Hoppek was invited to convert the water taxis commuting across the Rhine into floating artworks, bringing his narrative potential away from the constrictions of a traditional booth scenario onto the water. In 2009 he participatet at VOLTA Basel showing one of his well known punch bag installations.



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