SatOne - Berlin Harddisc sign, 2014 - image via graffuturism

SatOne /   Rafael Gerlach

Germany 1977


Rafael Gerlach
June 17, 2014
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Depicting the scenes of the imaginary world and abstract forms of science fiction, Rafael Gerlach aka SatOne creates futuristic graffiti that expresses humanity and emotion through their organic shapes. His interesting approach opens up a new dimension in which graphic design, abstract art and illustration merge into the unified whole. Adopting the story as the most integral part of creativity, his pieces always have something to say. Non-figurative in the essence, whether or not obvious to the viewer, his images seem like captured moments of distorted reality. SatOne’s works have a strong resemblance to the visual forms of Futurism, emphasizing the dynamic interplay of divided surfaces, colors and shades.

SatOne - Untitled, Munich, Germany, 2014, photo credits 2016 school love cookies sat add
SatOne – Untitled, Munich, Germany, 2014, photo credits

The Early Interest in the Street Art

Gerlach was born in la Victoria, Venezuela, but two years later, his family moved to Munich, Germany. His first interest in painting on the streets began when he was fifteen years old. His studies of graphic design brought him the job positions in various advertising agencies. Since 2003, he is a freelancer, doing illustrations for different media, as well as photography, design and murals. He also worked for companies as Adidas, Asics, Gravis, Burton Snowboards and Ford. His paintings have been exhibited numerous times and his murals are covering the walls around the world.

SatOne became interested in street art at the age of fifteen

SatOne - Untitled, photo credits 2016 sat add school cookies
SatOne – Untitled, photo credits

Street vs. Studio

Considering painting on the streets as a great attraction for the artist, SatOne enjoys having a large audience and having spontaneous conversations with people. Choosing a ruined and abandoned buildings, it offers interesting combinations of surfaces for painting. He finds interesting the fact that all these works could disappear over the night if somebody decide to crash down those buildings, leaving the photos as the only evidence of their existence. On the other side, work in a studio has a totally different meaning, forcing the artist to deal intensely with himself. With a perfectionism as a driving force, he used to devote all of his free time to art. Recently, SatOne discovered that his development depends on his sense of freedom only.

The freedom is his drivig force for creativity

SatOne - Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2014, photo credits 2016 school cookies sat english just home add red
SatOne – Abstract, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2014, photo credits

Expressing the Future

Being a part of a group Graffuturism, a movement which tries to explore the commonality between the similar graffiti artists, he has met a lot of like-minded people who he now cooperates with. With extreme skill, SatOne merges geometric forms and non-figurative color fields into dazzling kaleidoscopes of both great dynamics and luminous intensity. Only at a distance does one recognize contours emerging out of the vibrant matrices that may then actualize into humanoid figures. Although futuristic and abstract, his characters possess organic forms and faces. His distinctive style uses visual language in a course between technocracy and imaginary world.

The artist is represented by Openspace Gallery, Kolly Gallery and 999Contemporary.

SatOne lives and works in Munich, Germany.

Featured image: SatOne – Berlin Harddisc sign, 2014 – image via
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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group  
2016Key StimulusOpenspace Gallery, ParisSolo
2015SatOne 886 Geary Gallery, San FranciscoSolo
2015Graffuturism 5 Year Anniversary Group 886 Geary Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2014(De)constructTanit Galllery, MunichGroup
2013URBAN ART FESTIVALCologne, GermanyGroup
2013Graffuturism ParisOpenspace Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2013Sweet, little IndiaLa Grille Gallery, Lausanne, SwitzerlandSolo
2013Vivid BunchDie Kunstagentin, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2012ChromologMunich, GermanySolo
2012STROKE.06Urban Art Fair, Munich, GermanyGroup
2012Escape the golden cageVienna, AustriaGroup
2012Futurism 2.0Black All Studios, London, GBGroup
2012Public Provocations 4Carhartt Gallery, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2012GraffuturismSoze Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2011ChromologFirstlines Gallery, Munich, GermanySolo
2011Munich ContempoArtfair, Munich, GermanyGroup
2011STROKE.05Urban Art Fair, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011STROKE.04Urban Art Fair, Munich, GermanyGroup
2010Summer ShowUrban Painting Gallery, Milan, ItalyGroup
2010Fall of MankindBaraka Street Gallery, Cracow, PolandSolo
2010Al otro lado del muroContemporary Art Center, Huarte, SpainGroup
2010A great StuffOpen Lab Gallery, Genova, ItalyGroup
2010La memoria en el laberintoCentro de Congressos, Elche, SpainGroup
2010STROKE.03Urban Art Fair, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010STROKE.02Urban Art Fair, Munich, GermanyGroup
2010On the Red Carpet Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2010Urban Painting Summer ShowMilan, ItalyGroup
2010Fuori SaloneMilan Design Week, Milan, ItalyGroup
2010Zerfall und ZukunftAliseo Art Project, Gengenbach, GermanyGroup
2010Synthesis & IntegrationPop up Gallery, Moscow, RussiaGroup
2010Ink & MovementNeue Urbane Kulturen, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2009Kunst im TresorIDG Gallery, Munich, GermanyGroup
2009Gegen die WandKunstforum UPK, Kassel, GermanyGroup
2009Of might and mayGalllery xhoch4, Ingolstadt, GermanySolo
2009Born under PunchesGallery Abtart, Stuttgart, GermanyGroup
2009Graffiti RepositionedAtelierfrankfurt, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2009STROKE.01Urban Art Fair, Munich, GermanyGroup
2009BuscapeModena, ItalySolo
2009Solo ShowInoperable Gallery, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2009Clean & DirtySC Gallery, Bilbao, SpainSolo
2009Intoxicated DemonsGallery Jenzen, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2008Infart 3Museo Civico Nuova Ala Contemporanea, Bassano del Grappa, ItalyGroup
2008Group ExhibitionCarhartt Gallery, Weil am Rhein, GermanyGroup
2008MetamorphoseSoda book store, Munich, GermanyGroup
2008Rock the City 2Calle de la Alhóndiga, Segovia, SpainGroup
2008Bread&ButterBarcelona, SpainGroup
2007ConvocatoriaGalerie Luis Adelantado, Valencia, SpainGroup
200724/7 Art Productionat “documenta 12“, Kassel, GermanyGroup
2007Die youngNeurotitan, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2007Die youngNo New Enemies Gallery, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2006Urbane ZeichenGotec, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2005xhoch4 Gallerie 4Ingolstadt, GermanyGroup
2005Markant603 qm, Darmstadt, GermanyGroup
2005Urban SignsPalazzo Fogazzaro, Vicenza, ItalyGroup
2005Bread&ButterBerlin, GermanyGroup
2004Representa 04Centro Cultural Ernest Lluch, San Sebastian, SpainGroup
2004ModartSerieA, Munich, GermanyGroup
2004SpacemakersLothringer13, Munich, GermanyGroup
2003ModartAlte Chemie, Munich, GermanyGroup
2003Still CrazyKlingspor Museum, Offenbach, GermanyGroup
2002Urban DisciplineAstra Hallen, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2002GamblecanKunstverein Gera, Gera, GermanyGroup