Hendrik Beikirch making art

Hendrik Beikirch

Germany 1974

Urban Art, Photorealism, Painting


Hendrik Beikirch
Hendrik Beikirch
May 12, 2017
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls. jean.gallard@widewalls.ch

As someone who has come a long way with his intimate and detailed portraits of people, Hendrik Beikirch has recently decided to start exploring narratives that have historical elements of the Soviet realism. Although he mostly uses a limited black and white color palette, his paintings leave the sense of honesty and humanity. Besides working on canvas and paper the artist also uses walls of the buildings as an art space, so he can be defined as the member of the urban movement as well. Widely spread personalized works transferred to large-scale pieces show the power of mixing street and fine art.

Hendrik Beikirch ecb Aleksandr street graffiti work foundation portrait tracing
Hendrik Beikirch – Aleksandr, 2016 (Left) / Vladimir, 2016 (Right)

Hendrik Beikirch’s Education and Approaches

Hendrik also known as ECB, was born in 1974 in Kassel, Germany. In 1989 the artist made his first mural with a spray can, and during the 1990’s he became popular in the street art scene. In 2000 he graduated art education at the University of Koblenz-Landau. He is one of those artists, who always look for new approaches, constantly upgrading processes. In his case, Beikirch is focused on putting together public and private, individual and societal. The audience can see an experiment in his works, in which he tries to incorporate indoor techniques and compositions made on canvas, over to the outdoors, and vice versa, where outdoor spaces become interior elements. By making monochromatic and highly detailed portraits of anonymous characters and persons he achieves to make viewers wonder about their history.

Beikirch is focused on putting together public and private, individual and societal

Hendrik Beikirch ecb Vlasov, graffiti paint work foundation week contact project
Hendrik Beikirch – Vlasov, 2016

The Mural in Morocco and Other Projects

ECB is famous for incorporating facial expressions like lines of wrinkle and traces of the living experiences in his art, thus exploring the visual image of humanity. Though he sometimes elongates or compresses the imagery, his intention is to stay true to photorealism as much as possible. With the help of the foundation Montresso from Jardin Rouge, he created the series called Trade – Tracing Morocco. It consists of paintings of the locals that he met and spoke with, with a mission to preserve and elevate their stories, which are disappearing. His project Treasures represents the continuity of his artworks inspired by the traveling. Here he shows the unique Siberian characters with faces deprived of the smoothness of youth. In 2012 ECB created a 70-meter-long portrait of a fisherman in South Korea, now being Asia’s highest mural. The travels to Canada, USA, Mexico, Thailand, Australia, and India are used as places for both work and pleasure.

His intention is to stay true to photorealism

Hendrik Beikirch ecb Mural art graffiti paint people week
Hendrik Beikirch – Mural art, Brooklyn, NYC


ECB works have been shown around the world. For example, in 2013 he has displayed his art at the CityLeaks Festival in Cologne, and in 2014 at the Cultura Nova in Heerlen. Besides there, his pieces were part of the collections at the 101exhibit, Miami, at the Kolly Gallery, Zurich, in 2017 at the Galerie Droste, Wuppertal and in many other locations worldwide.

The artist lives and works in Koblenz, Germany.

Featured image: Hendrik Beikirch making art – Photo via graffuturism.com
Other images courtesy of Galerie Droste and the artist; All images used for illustrative purposes only

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017TreasuresGalerie Droste, Wuppertal, GermanySolo
2015Tracing MoroccoJardin Rouge, Marrakesh, MaroccoSolo
2015WaitingRuttkowski;68, Cologne, GermanySolo
2014Scope New YorkGalerie Wolfsen, NY, UsaGroup
2013After the darkUnit44, Newcastle, United kingdomGroup
2013Biennale graffiti fine artMube, brazilian museum of sculpture, Sao paulo, BrazilGroup
2013Transsib-greyhoundRuttkowski68, cologne, GermanySolo
2013Pieces of the skyGalerie wolfsen, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2012GraffuturismSoze gallery, Los angeles, USAGroup
2012Urban voidPlatoon kunsthalle, Seoul, Republic of koreaGroup
2012Tallest mural in Asia / BusanBusan cultural foundation, Busan, Republic of koreaGroup
2012Group show Cbk amsterdam, Amsterdam, the NetherlandsGroup
2012Vom leben gezeichnetKunstverein friedberg, Friedberg, GermanyGroup
2012CounterpartsForum kunst rottwei, Rottweil, Germany Group
2012German graffiti avant-gardeGoethe-institute, Bangalore, IndiaGroup
2012PaintopiaLauritz, Aarhus, DenmarkGroup
2011Scope Art Basel Miami101exhibit, Miami, USAGroup
2011Art Wynwood101exhibit, Miami, USAGroup
2011Between night and day101exhibit, Miami, USAGroup
2011Expression beyondRizzordi art foundation, St. petersburg, RussiaGroup
2011Urban script continuesKunstencentrum signe, Heerlen, the NetherlandsGroup
2011Urban art graffiti 21European centre for arts and industrial culture, Saarbrücken, GermanyGroup
2011BetweenRuttkowski68, Cologne, GermanySolo
2011Group showAyden gallery, Vancouver, CanadaGroup
2011Group showVncent Michael gallery, Philadelphia, USAGroup
2011Group showGalerie golkar, Bonn, GermanyGroup
2011Group showOne gallery, Newyork, USAGroup
2010World expo shanghai, reading village - painting cityDafen art museum , Shenzhen, China Group
2010Artworks AsphaltkulturGlassworks, Amsterdam, the NetherlandsGroup
2010Zerfall und zukunftAliseo art projects, Gengenbach, GermanyGroup
2010Graffiti handmadeKunstkreis hameln, Hameln, germanyGroup
2010HallenkunstChemnitzer markthalle, Chemnitz, Germany Group
2010 xllGallery progres, Belgrade, SerbiaGroup
2010Commissioned muralNewyork, USASolo
2010Commissioned mural for the city of yekaterinburgStenograffia, RussiaSolo
2010strokeMunich, GermanyGroup
2009D ‘ rawSchunck glaspalais national gallery heerlen, Heerlen, the NetherlandsGroup
2009Public ProvocationsCarhartt gallery, art basel side event, Weil am rhein, GermanyGroup
2009Under the paving stonesGanzkinder gallery, Cologne, GermanySolo
2009Einen sommerPretty portal, Düsseldorf, GermanySolo
2009Life performance Eurocultured, Dublin, IrelandSolo
2008Group showGalerie springmann, Freiburg, GermanyGroup
2008Group showGalerie d’art atelier 9, Grenoble, FranceGroup
2007Feeling BlueGallery n2o, Lyon, FranceSolo
2007Group showCarhartt gallery, Weil am rhein, GermanyGroup
2006Balcan ExpressGalerija collegium artisticum, Sarajevo, Bosnia and HerzegovinaGroup
2006Group showCarhartt gallery, Weil am rhein, GermanyGroup
2005Straight conceptsKulturzentrum kesselhaus, Weil am rhein, GermanyGroup
2005Graffiti war gestern zweReithalle klenzepark, Ingolstadt, GermanyGroup
2005Group show603qm, markant, Darmstadt, GermanyGroup
2004OpeningK31 gallery, Lahr, GermanyGroup
2004Everwanting streetsRöda sten, Gothenburg, SwedenGroup
2004LinesK31 gallery, Lahr, GermanyGroup
2003Fusion at nacht der museenWollmagazin kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, GermanyGroup
2003Kunst im atriumDas atrium vom hamburger holzhafen, Hamburg, germanyGroup
2002EinblickeGalerie am steg, einblicke, Aschaffenburg, GermanyGroup
2002Beside the wallHalle 02, Heidelberg, GermanyGroup
2002Urban discipline 2002Bavaria st. pauli brauerei, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2001Urban discipline 2001Museum für kommunikation, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2001Kunst im atriumQueichtalmuseum, Offenbach (pfalz), GermanyGroup
2001Dark side of the moonAltes wasserwerk, Offenburg, GermanyGroup