Michael Moebius developed a love for art at an early age, cartooning became his first passion. He started studying painting at the academy of arts in Dresden, and in 1998 he got a big breakthrough, he steeped himself in the techniques of Andy Warhol and Titian. His works have gone on to be featured on the covers of Playboy, GQ, and Vogue. The artist currently lives and works in the United States. It was at this time, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, that Michael was able to make his way to the United States. His talent as a painter and photographer was readily apparent, and he quickly became a sought-after favourite of collectors.
Michael is a contemporary German painter known for his illustrative portraits of celebrities blowing up a piece of bubble-gum. In his works, iconic figures such as Audrey Hepburn, The Beatles, Queen Elizabeth II, and Marilyn Monroe, are given fresh life through the artist’s simple addition of a coloured bubble. “As a child and growing up I would dearly hold on to the then-forbidden items,” he explained of his communist upbringing. “These really influenced me with their colours, designs, and scents.” It was during a stint working in a parallel field of architectural illustration that Michael happened upon a book featuring the pin-ups of Alberto Vargas. A new love affair took root, and Michael decided that figurative art would be his life’s work.