MIKE DARGAS GERMANY, b. 1983
Mike Dargas is an artist living and working in Cologne, Germany, and Los Angeles, California. His love for painting began at a young age when he attended art school as a child in a class of adults. Inspired by Dali, Caravaggio and HR Giga, Dargas explores themes of reality and the surreal in his hyperrealistic oil paintings and charcoal drawings. His quest for perfection results in works that read like photographs, snapshots of mental states. His subjects appear conflicted, lost in thought, or even sublimely calm. Dargas challenges both himself and the viewer to take a deeper look at the subject, in order to question human nature and emotional perception.