Pop Surrealism

DOME /   Christian Kramer

Germany 1975

Urban Art, Pop Surrealism


Christian Kramer
October 13, 2014
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

The illustrator and street-artist DOME lives and creates his art in the southwest German town of Karlsruhe. Fascinated by art in the streets he discovered spray paint as a medium in 1994 and started painting walls. He found his niche creating art that examines the human body and the human condition in a surrealistic manner.

In 2011 he had the idea to isolate parts of the body and draw them individually. He developed a system of “modular construction” where he can construct his artwork out of pieces that are drawn in increments of 45 degrees; a body part is drawn and then rotated 45 degrees and drawn again, and then again, etc. This method allows him the flexibility to quickly change a portion of the composition without starting the entire composition over. The parts are drawn on heavy paper and cut out so they are ready to be glued together for each new composition. Once everything is in place, he paints the subjects of his surreal world with pens, india ink and acrylic, and the figures come to life.

Just as a piece of music can unexpectedly transport us to a world of contemplation, his works invites the observer to stop and explore the thoughts and emotions experienced while gazing upon the surreal images before him.

Inspired by the baroque architecture, floral patterns, brackets and altars are included in his artwork. He often presents his figures  in landscapes, on stages and platforms, which are accompanied by banners of words with a font that was created by the artist himself.

Dome has left a trace in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Almere, Sittard, S’Hertogenbosch, Antwerpen, Maaseik, Paris,Lyon, Toulon, Sevilla, Jerez, Elche, Cordoba, Gran Canaria, Matarro, Stettin, Koszalin, Lodz, Padova, Bari, Thessaloniki, New York, Chicago, San Diego, Mexico City, Weil am Rhein, Stuttgart, Berlin, Muenchen, Rome, Milano, Bassano del Grappa, Vienna, Savona, Zürich, Torino, Schopfheim and Saarbrücken.

He lives in his birth town, Karlsruhe.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2013Street Art DopingWarsaw, PolandGroup
2013SketchmateChieri, ItalyGroup
2013Wynwood EmbassyMiami, USAGroup
2013Shoot for the moonWynwood, Miami, USAGroup
2013UntitledSTA Gallery, Tel AvivSolo
2012NachtgestaltenArt society Schopfheim - Schopfheim, GermanyGroup
2012Urban Painting NightUrban Painting Gallery - Carugate, ItalyGroup
2012Urban Art ShowCity Gallery - Saarbrücken, GermanyGroup
2011Urban PaintingCastello Visconteo - Visconteo, ItalyGroup
2011Summer exhibitionGallery Rheinstrasse - Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2011New contemporary artArt society Freiburg - Freiburg, GermanyGroup
2011Kunst schenkenGallery Rheinstrasse - Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2010Great stuffOpen Lab Gallery - Genova, ItalyGroup
2010Milano Design WeekUrban Painting Gallery - Milano, ItalyGroup
2010Zerfall und ZukunftAliseo Art Projects - Gengenbach, GermayGroup
2010Schwarz auf WeissSNNC - Wanderausstellung - GermanyGroup
2010Stroke 02Nuthouse Gallery - Munich, GermanyGroup
2010Summer ShowUrban Painting Gallery - Milano, ItalyGroup
2010Das andere EchtGallery X Hoch 4 - Ingolstadt, GermanyGroup
2009Street art passageMuseumsquartier - Wien, AustriaGroup
2009Urban Signs 4Gotec House of culture - Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2009Street Art PaintingSAP - Walldorf, GermanyGroup
2009Kunst im TresorIntoxicated Demons Gallery - Berlin, GermanyGroup
2009Urban ArtGallery Jenzen - Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2009Stroke 01Nuthouse Gallery - Munich, GermanyGroup
2009Member exhibitionBaden Art society - Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2008UntitledCarhartt Gallery - Weil am Rhein, GermanyGroup
2008Urban Signs 3Gotec House of culture - Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2008Exhibition for Urban ArtsCarhartt Gallery - Weil am Rhein, GermanyGroup
2008Addicted to detailsIntoxicated Demons Gallery - Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008Infart 3Museo Civico - Bassano del Grappa, ItalyGroup
2008Solo showGallery im Schlachthaus - Karlsruhe, GermanySolo
2008Urban PaintingAtrion, Milano, Carugate, ItalyGroup
2008Member exhibitionBaden Art society - Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2007Urban Signs 2Gotec House of culture, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2007Carhartt GalleryCarhartt Gallery - Weil am Rhein, GermanyGroup
2007Member exhibitionBaden Art society - Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2006Gallery OpeningWildwuchs Gallery, Freiburg, GermanyGroup
2006Kunst Kultur KongressFärberei, Munich, GermanyGroup
2006Urban SignsGotec House of culture, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2005Member exhibitionBaden Art society, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2004Graffiti war GesternReithalle, Ingolstadt, GermanyGroup
2004Member exhibitionBaden Art society, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2003OstasinnDie Faerberei, Munich, GermanyGroup
2002X – flammableGotec House of culture, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2001OstasinnDie Faerberei, Munich, GermanyGroup