Raphael Grischa - artist

Raphael Grischa/ Raphael Grischa

Switzerland 1986

Street Art, Sculpture, Painting, Murals


Raphael Grischa
Raphael Grischa

Raphael Grischa aka iHad is a Swiss contemporary artist born in St. Galen in 1986, currently living in Berlin. He is well known for his sculptures, photographs and murals.

Art by Raphael Grischa

Raphael Grischa - Wildslide, 2015
Raphael Grischa – Wildslide, 2015

When Grischa was in 10th grade, he studied graphic design, but left the studies because he felt there wasn’t enough encouragement and that he didn’t learn as much as he wanted. The road took him to Berlin, for a six-month internship at Prinz Pi. After a year spent in London attending studies, he came back to Berlin. The internship at Prinz Pi helped in opening a lot of doors for a young artist. There he met Raf Camora, for who he later made the artwork for various albums.

Art by Raphael Grischa

Raphael Grischa - Moskau Mafia Ballerina, 2012 - installation view
Raphael Grischa – Moskau Mafia Ballerina, 2012 – installation view

Beginnings were difficult for Grischa, mostly in terms of finance. Every single piece of art created was a big risk. His parents divorced, and his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. All of that didn’t stop him as he fought for his place in the world of art. Mostly working in sculpture, photography and street art, he became recognized. After a trip to Los Angeles, he was offered to do a big mural in the streets, and an article about him came out in LA Times. That was a huge boost for his career. Experimenting was crucial in the process of self-discovering, and now the artist known exactly what he wants to create.

Art by Raphael Grischa

Raphael Grischa - She Photography, 2012 - installation view
Raphael Grischa – She Photography, 2012 – installation view

He is represented by Guillaume Daeppen Gallery in Basel, Switzerland.

Raphael Grischa lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

All images courtesy of the artist.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Outside Lies MagicThe Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2014Les Enfants TerriblesGalerie Daeppen, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2014You Are the Artist Vol. 2Direktorenhaus, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2013You Are the ArtistJe Regrette, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2012SHEGallery Daeppen, Basel, SwitzerlandSolo
2012Flutu ArteQuadrado da Urca, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilGroup
2011Suisse IssuesCarambolage, Basel, SwitzerlandSolo
2011Suisse IssuesConexion, Berlin, GermanySolo
2010Backyard ExhibitionConexion, Berlin, GermanySolo
2009Mutate Britain: One Foot in the GroveLondon, EnglandGroup
2009Kool KillerKunstraum, Winterthur, SwitzerlandGroup
2009Papergirl #4Alte Post, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2009Dirty DancingSuperplan Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008Color your LifeVolos, GreeceGroup
2008Urbanfeeback ExhibitionMarkthalle, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2008Concrete CanvasSt. Gallen, SwitzerlandGroup
2008Junge Kunst 3St. Gallen, SwitzerlandGroup