"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."
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.