Artist interview with Richard Reuys

Richard Reuys

Lives in : Aschaffenburg


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Richard Reuys is a German artist, born in Aschaffenburg in 1982.Reuys creates a resonant visual language that reflects many of the contemporary societal and cultural issues. In his colorful, provocative works he addresses the viewers with partly severe and partly humorous means to persuade them to look thoroughly into the often serious topics treated in his art. Depending on each idea, he uses different techniques and materials to express his intentions

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As an artist, it is important to me, not just to create (beautiful) pictures. Above all, I want to convey a message and make the viewer think.

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What would you tell to a person about your art so he would buy it?What is remarkable about your artwork?My work is created with passion and with the will to make the world a better place–even if it doesn't ́t look like that at first glance.Sometimes drastic actions are followed by great results.So if provocative works will help to bring people out of their comfort zone and start a conversation, which results in the improvement of something, why should I just create“wall fashion” that only looks nice, but doesn't ́t tell a message?By choosing and buying a peace of art, the buyer makes a statement too.

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How would you describe yourself? And your artwork?

In most cases my works convey a message and reflect our time the way I experience it. My paintings are bright, partly provocative works, that often comment on issues with colorful and sometimes humorous statements. In some cases I also create works that help me getting over something or just satisfy my need for enjoyment. I don ́t care if my paintings or sculptures fit in a living room or follow a unique style. In first order I care about making a statement and about the process of creation, which gives me satisfaction and balance.

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What drives you?

Next to an indefinable inner urge and the joy of creating, what drives me most is the anger that infests me whenI hear about the next inconceivable statements and actions of the current US President, when I read about inequity or about exploiting positions of power. There are so many things that leave me stunned every day, which I just can ́t leave uncommented. Before I came to art, I only worked through things by creating music. I still do that too, but creating art is more satisfying to me.

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What is your definition of art?

For me art is an extension of personality and a way to express thoughts and opinions as well as emotions like desire, fear, rage, pleasure et cetera. Besides that-and apart from looking impressive on your living room ́s wall or increasing your wealth by being a great investment-some of art ́s most important missions are to mirror the present and to call people‘s attention to grievances. If an artwork is able to do that, then it ́s worth being called art.

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Where do you get your inspiration?

I get my inspiration from many resources such as daily news, music, art, literature, television, social media, life and people. Themes that also find their way onto my canvases are topics like religion, sexuality, inequity, gender and politics. With my work, I want to make a contribution to liberating mankind from prudery, confinement and narrow-mindedness. Only freedom makes free and gives peace.

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Which are your favorite artists?

Well, that is hard to answer, as there are so many great artists whose work appeal to me, ranging from old masters likeCaravaggio and Bosch to young artists like Arvida Byström and Bunny Rogers. My legislating is mostly influenced by works of modern and contemporary artists like Philip Guston, Julian Schnabel, Marina Abramovic, Joseph Beuys, Miriam Cahn, Damien Hirst, Yoko Ono, FrancisBacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gerhard Richter, Jonathan Meese and Maurizio Cattelan–without any order or right to completeness