SatOne (Rafael Gerlach)
1977 born as in La Victoria, Venezuela
In the early 1990s graffiti came to his attention through travels around the world.
1991 starts to paint in the streets
1995 - 1999 visited a graphic-design school
Abstract in nature, SatOnes art is an expression of sensitivity present in objects that can be realized only on an instinctive level. It is not disruptive
of its surroundings, as many street expressions are, but is instead integral to them. The colorful sensuality of his works, continues the artist’s narration
of exquisiteness hiding from direct observation, being sensed only through reflection. His studio works, however, allow a greater degree of experimentation, both in style and techniques he deploys. From 2000 on,
he developed a distinct abstract style, which starts with figuration and objects, but the color fields that develop from it overcome any references
to the living world.
Objects in his artworks exist as impressions, as fields of color that invite interpretations based on sentimental value and sensations. The atmosphere is guiding the viewers to enjoy the essence of objects, rather than their realistic depiction.
SatOne distances himself from the privilege of interpretation – he opens a broader specter of possible meanings, leaving the viewers to sense the one most pertinent to them. Artists, in the likes of SatOne, who move from walls to studios, further the experimental potential of this style, and bring it closer to contemporary sensibilities and also younger generations of street art audiences.
Which project will you have finished before you come to Munich? Where are you heading to after SCALE?
Right now, i`m preparing for a huge project called “2KM3“ in St.Gervais, where a group of 11 artists is involved.
The probably largest surface i have done so far - about 800 squaremeters - is awaiting me there.
After SCALE: working in the studio again, followed by different outdoor projects.
What is you actual "artistic concern" or theme?
My conceptual murals mostly intend to involve the immediate environment and influence the surroundings vice versa. At SCALE, Axel Void is painting close to me which leads to a context of collaboration , or the opposite : to develop a strong contrast. Both ways have their charme.
What are you looking forward to regarding this project?
Some of the participants i haven`t seen since the Urban Discipline in 2002 while others i met more often in the last period.
It`s easy to follow an artists development online but i`m more looking forward to meet old friends again in person and see how their character has shaped over the years.