The conceptual and material art of Aurel K. Basedow derives from a variety of skills that he has acquired over the past 30 years: carpentry, crafts, dyeing, and design. He has developed a wealth of motifs, based upon a powerful connection to abstract expressionism’s themes. Seemingly spontaneous and complex, the unique artworks express an almost meditative energy, maintaining a balance of chaos and control.
Born in Munich in 1963, Aurel K. Basedow completed a degree in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera. In 2007 he opened the Draga & Aurel studio with his wife Draga Obradovic. It quickly drew attention because of its ingenious customized reinvention of vintage design items. In 2015, Aurel felt an urgent need to return to painting and began furiously at his atelier in Como, Italy.
Aurel plays with superimpositions. The geometric lines, the transfer of pigments, the brush strokes: each gesture is a result of the previous one. The artist mostly uses Afghan, Moroccan and Persian rugs, cement, and drawings — the result of continuous research. Each of his paintings is living matter in continuous evolution. Resin, however, is his true symbolic signature style. It is thanks to resin that the works reflect the outside world, act as a mirror to those who observe them and become a metaphor for looking inward.