Rookie the Weird

Rookie The Weird /   Robert Matzke

Germany 1979

Urban Art, Illustration

Rookie The Weird
Robert Matzke
October 14, 2015
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?

Robert Matzke aka Rookie The Weird is a German artist, a member of The Weird crew best known for his sarcasm and humor. He referrers to himself as pop-surrealist.

Matzke was born in 1979 in Dresden, the capital city of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. From 1997 to 2000, Robert trained for a cabinetmaker in Dortmund. Since he started drawing and doodling very early, doing a graffiti as well in a meantime, he started to search for a university that will combine all his interests so he started to study design, focusing on illustrations in Münster where he graduated in 2007. Since 2004 Robert Matzke aka Rookie The Weird is working as a freelance designer and artist with various publications in books and magazines.

Rookie the Weird in Heerlen, Netherlands for Heerlen Murals

Rookie the Weird - Heerlen Murals 2015
Rookie the Weird – Heerlen Murals 2015

Matzke is a member of The Weird Crew, a group of artists from Germany and Austria. The crew was founded in 2011 and counts ten artists so far. They all come from a graffiti background but currently working as artists, illustrators, lecturers or graphic designers. The crew members are CONE, DXTR, FRAU ISA, HERR VON BIAS, NERD & QBRK are LOW BROS, NYCHOS, LOOK, VIDAM and, of course, ROOKIE.

Rookie the Weird and his Illustrations

Rookie the Weird - Journey Backwards and Economy Crisis, 2014
Rookie the Weird – Journey Backwards and Economy Crisis, 2014

Rookie the Weird usually focuses on personal experience and everyday situations, adding a certain humor and sarcasm to those often banal events. His very original and personal style is defined by the artist himself as a pop-surrealism. His art is mostly whimsical and grotesque but it is always spontaneous, unique and stylistically brusque.

Rookie the Weird in Cologne

Rookie the Weird at Cologne Art Festival 2013
Rookie the Weird at Cologne Art Festival 2013

The techniques and materials he uses, as well as the locations he chooses are providing an unfinished and kind of raw impression of his artworks, whether it is an illustration or an outdoor street art.

Robert Matzke is an artist at the Contemporary Underground Art Consulting Art Is Just A Four Letter Word.

Rookie The Weird lives and works in Germany.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2008VUOTE A RENDEREMailandGroup
2008Fell und FedernCinema, MünsterGroup
2007Gegessen wird ZuhauseNacht der Museen, DortmundGroup
2006HalbzeitKingpin, DortmundGroup
2006Erhaltet den HaverkampMünsterGroup
2004Next Round KnockoutMünsterGroup