“I’m a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm.” Iggy Pop & the Stooges
STEFAN STICHLER (*1972)
This Frankfurt native is a true child of the generation of ‘68. His father, a theologist, and mother, an artist, gave him the kind of childhood that pointed him towards cultural and political decentralisation, environmental awareness and creative self-fulfilment.
In the 1980s this quiet boy with a skateboard began to looking at Frankfurt’s bleak street life and soon found what he was looking for. He became a connoisseur of all the highs and lows of the big city and found enjoyment in the creative force of the underground. The riotous sound of punk rock and the subversive motifs of the tattoo and graffiti artists exerted a magical draw upon him.
His sporting talent gave him a place as a leading light of the hip Frankfurt skateboarders. Sponsored by the major protagonists on the scene, the curious preacher’s son used their patronage to delve beneath the surface of Frankfurt’s communities. Behind supposedly safe worlds and in the shadows of the banks’ skyscrapers.
Progressively his sensitive reasoning and creativity dictated to him the artistic development of the impressions gained there. Stefan Stichler learned carpentry, made music and began to paint in earnest. The terms “street art” or “lowbrow art movement” had not yet been popularised in Germany, when, by virtue of his skill, he began to no longer limit his very personal, expressionistic images to established formats. He produced his own backgrounds and painted on driftwood, masonry boards and offcuts, in entire rooms, and on his own furniture and sculptures. In this way, not only the motifs, but also the canvases are 1:1 copies of his world of emotions and ideas, which would not allow itself to be restricted. Neither by the limits of propriety, nor the norms of society and especially not by the edges of a piece of paper or a canvas.
Stefan Stichler lives and works in Frankfurt am Main with his girlfriend and two children.
Profile by: André Urban, 2010
A selection of artworks by Stefan Stichler can be found here >>