Heiko Zahlmanns art career started back in 1989 with writing graffiti all over Hamburg, Germany and elsewhere making a profession out of his passion pretty soon. He was an active and known member of the European graffti art scene but also to the early Street Art scene contributing to it not only as an artist but also as a curator and organizer of shows such as the „Urban Discipline“ shows in 2000 and 2002 with artists like Banksy participating in it that he realized together with his artist group Getting Up.
Over the years he has focused more and more on sublimating the aesthetics of that subculture into fine contemporary art. His current work is the result of a continuous process in which he has stripped away the form of the letters used to build the works, whilst reducing the vivid color of graffiti art to dual or monochromatic schemes. Through this conceptual process Zahlmann’s works gain a more formal aspect.
His concepts range from applying art to architecture and sculpture and from painting to drawing. The three-dimensional graphic and geometric works are transformed fonts which produce a haptic perception onto concrete walls in the form of reliefs or prints. In these reliefs, the wall itself becomes the medium. The letter and the word are still the artists starting point when he goes to work. The letter though loses the task to tranposrt information. It is freed of this necessity in Zahlmann’s art. The artist is rather reflecting about form. In a more gestural process Zahlmann produced a body of work of monochromatic paintings by writing letters with a spatula onto wood.
Zahlmann was born in and is currently based in Hamburg. He is working worldwide.
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