Boje Arndt Kiesiel | visual artist

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Boje Arndt Kiesiel

grew up in Northern Germany at the Baltic Sea and is today based in Berlin. He is a self-taught visual artist, with professional qualifications as sign painter and camera operator. After he started to experiment with graffiti in 1989-1991, the acquaintance with a classical painter put him in touch with the history of classic art and its various forms of expression. Kiesiel began to work in different techniques, explored drawing, painting and photography, and later started building sculptures and objects.

His art often shows elements of Urban Art, LowBrow and Pop Art, but is not labelled by it. His main means of expression is assemblage, frequently addressing issues of consumerism and taking a critical look on modern society, and an atmospheric form of painting, combining abstract forms with representational elements. Common to all his works is a moment of revelation, they confront, entice, evoke. His objects reflect uncomfortable truths, destroy the smooth surface of consumerism, or play with taboo topics to lead the observer out of his comfort zone. His paintings address the subconscious and stimulate deep layers of perception with seemingly objective forms that yet cannot be grasped. Within colorful surfaces that appear to be abstract at first sight he shapes figures and scenes that become visible only on closer examination. Sometimes this is reversed, and a seemingly clear figure reveals more and more layers when looking at its various details.

2008-2010 Cofounder of independent artspace nachtspeicher23 e.V. in Hamburg St. Georg
2010 - 2012 member of artist center Künstlerhaus Wendenstraße in Hamburg.
2012 winner of Anti- consumerism art contest by ArtCollectorsClub Munich.
2013 move to Berlin
since 2015 member of artist center HB55 in East-Berlin Lichtenberg