Markus Genesius

Germany 1974

Graffiti, Painting, Murals

Markus Genesius
Markus Genesius
October 27, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Markus Genesius, also known as WOW123, is a renowned German graffiti artist who combines figurative motifs and classical writing in his work. Born in 1974 in Bremen, a city in northwestern Germany, he started his career with illegal sprayings on subways and trains, followed by order paintings and finally exhibitions throughout the world.

He is represented by 44309 Street//Art Gallery in Dortmund.

Street Art by WOW123

street art in Spain - 2015 - mural
Wow123 – Spain – 2015

CASE began painting in the beginning of the 1990s and he quickly gained attention for his photorealistic imagery in combination with areal-abstract illustrative elements. Although he was often criticized for his unusual approach by the members of the emerging German graffiti scene, he kept experimenting with colour to push the boundaries of pictorial language.

After he was caught spraying graffiti on a train, he decided to work on legal projects fairly early on in his career. His first really big façade was created in 1995 in Walle, as a freelance contract work. It was done in collaboration with his friend and artist Daim from Hamburg.

Mural in France

Chaos is a Circle of Squares - Toulouse - 2014 - mural - festival
Wow123 and Case – Chaos is a Circle of Squares – Toulouse – 2014

After a commercial education and the opportunity to visit the Upper School of Design in Bremen, he went to New York in 1995 to meet some of the forefather of modern street art, like SEEN, T-Kid and TAT’s Crew. All of them influenced Genesius’ work and his feeling for typography. Additionally, collaborations in France, the UK, Australia and South Africa followed.

To date, Wow123 realized more than one hundred projects throughout the world. Along with artists such as DAIM, Daniel Man, Cantwo, Atom, Kent and Flying Förtess, he forms the second generation of German graffiti founding fathers.

His paintings and drawings have been exhibited in many galleries including Affenfaust Gallery, Hamburg; Montana Gallery, Barcelona; Mr Freeze Gallery, Toulouse; Wow Gallery, Berlin; Wow Gallery, Bristol; 53 Art Museum, Ghouangzhou, China; Culture Studio Westend Bremen, Bremen; Disrupt Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand; Museé des Beaux Arts Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland; among others.

Phantom Images at Wow Galerie

Phantom Images - Keil Collection - Wow Galerie, Berlin - 2014
Wow123 – Phantom Images – Keil Collection – Wow Galerie, Berlin – 2014

The artist lives and works in Bremen.

Images Courtesy © Markus Genesius

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Similarities, with Atom One44309 Street Art Gallery, Dortmund, GermanyGroup
2014UnknownAffenfaust Gallery, Knotenpunkt, HamburgGroup
2014UnknownMontana Gallery, Barcelona , SpainGroup
2014Die SechsteKap Horn Art, zARTbitter, BremenGroup
2014Have a good Night, Have a good DayMr Freeze Gallery, Toulouse, FranceGroup
2014Phantom Images – Stopover BerlinWow Gallery, Keil Collection, Berlin, GermanySolo
2014Phantom ImagesWow Gallery, Heidelberg, GermanySolo
2011No parkingContemporary Art Centre, Huarte, SpainGroup
2011See No EvilWeapon of choice Gallery, Bristol, UKGroup
2010Graffiti from Germany to China53 Art Museum, Ghouangzhou, ChinaGroup
2010Red Town, Aerosol-Urban Art from Germany to ChinaExpo Weltausstellung , Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2010Graffiti Handmade Ecb Hendrik Beikirch, wow123-Markus GenesiusArt circle, Hameln, GermanySolo
2009Can t live without my SpraycanCulture Studio Westend Bremen, Bremen, GermanyGroup
2009Spring6! Jimmi.D Passler, Wow123Gallery of Bremen, Bremen, GermanyGroup
2008Graffiti my (R)evolution Class of 1988Culture Studio Westend, Bremen, GermanyGroup
2007Street Session - Wow123, Smash137, AskewThe Loft, Auckland, New ZealandGroup
2004The Most DedicatedDisrupt Gallery, Auckland, New ZealandGroup
2003Still CrazyWorldatelier Gallery at Klingspor Museum, Offenbach am Main, GermanyGroup
2003URBAN DREAMMuseé des Beaux Arts Charleroi, Charleroi, BelgienGroup
2002Nacht der Bremer Jugend, Wow123 feat Daim, Akut & DeeoneTown hall of Bremen, Bremen, GermanyGroup
2001Rocking da NorthMuseum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, FinnlandGroup
2001UnknownPovazska – Art Gallery, Zillina, SlovakiaGroup
2000Rocking da NorthMuseum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, FinnlandGroup