Mike Dargas Exclusive on STYLABL

"I think my work has different layers that each viewer sees differently. Some might just see beautiful women, some might see an erotic motif and others might see a deeper meaning. In the end it’s more about what a work moves within the viewer, not what I had on my mind while paining it."
-Mike Dargas

Nicole: Your work is incredibly hyperrealistic and erotic at the same time. Can you kindly tell our readers your favorite subject to paint matter and why?


Mike: My favorite subject in my work is probably the art of bringing images to life. I love details like light conditions, depth of focus and structures. I guess the viewer sees the woman, whereas I see the details.

Nicole: Are there messages in each piece that you want your audience to think about when viewing your work?

Mike: I think my work has different layers that each viewer sees differently. Some might just see beautiful women, some might see an erotic motif and others might see a deeper meaning. In the end it´s more about what a work moves within the viewer, not what I had on my mind while paining it. I am thankful that people want to see my art. That’s by far the greatest reward of all.

Nicole: What appears to be honey and chocolate have greater meaning to you, I have read. Can you tell our readers the meaning behind the two liquid choices?

Mike: Adding a material to my portraits is a tool I use in my current series. The series started in 2014 and was previously influenced by the media and things happening around us. I have witnessed a process of transformation in my latest works, figuratively and conceptually. I believe that one should trust his own perception when it comes to interpreting art.

Nicole: What artists do you admire?

Mike: Caravaggio, H.R. Giger and Dali were the reason why I focused on realism. I love their work and have admired them since I was a child.

Nicole: What art hangs in your home?

Mike: At home I always hang my own works to see what effects they have on me,  but I should change that some day and place other artists’ work there.

Nicole: What is next for you? Gallery shows? Collaborations?

Mike: There are some great shows coming up, like an upcoming presentation of three new works at C24 Gallery in New York by the end of February. At the same time I will attend the German fair “Art Karlsruhe”.  Afterwards I have to prepare my upcoming solo show at Opera Gallery London, opening this summer. I´m looking forward joining Art Basel Miami by the end of the year. I’m thrilled when I start thinking about it!

Nicole: If our readers want to connect to both you and your work, where can they go?

Mike: You can check my Instagram. I love social media because I can share images of my work in progress that I sometimes miss at my exhibitions.