The works of Mike Dargas elude a clear temporal distinction. Even if the representations can stand as indications of a contemporary Western zeitgeist, the images lose their temporal determinability through their static transience and acquire an essence of infinity.
Above all, his most recent paintings impress with their oversized and hyper-realistic representation of people. The artist plays with the effect on the observer right from the beginning. Although the works appear to be photographs from a distance, on closer observation the large scale of the portrait establishes the macroscopically precise observation of the artist and his masterly intercourse with colour shading and colour shift rich with nuances, that sharpen the view of the picturesque.
Mike Dargas has studied various painting techniques since his early childhood when he developed a passion for realism, which over the years as developed in to hyper-realism. He attracted attention at the age of eleven recreating old master paintings with pastel and chalk on the pavement in front of Cologne Cathedral. Shortly after, Mike graduated in his youth from an adult art class after only one and a half years. Inspired by artists such as Dali, Caravaggio and HR Giger, he has learned and honed different techniques in painting and three dimensional art.
Mike Dargas has exhibited internationally throughout Germany, Belgium, UK, Austria, Spain, Turkey, and the USA. His works are included in numerous private collections around the world and have been featured in international art fairs.
Born in 1983 in Cologne, Germany
Lives and works in Cologne, Germany and Los Angeles, USA
Love and Other Crimes, Maddox Gallery, London/UK
Healing Beauty, Art Angeles,Los Angeles/USA
Healing Beauty, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
Transformation, C24 Gallery, New York/USA
Opera Gallery, London/UK
Art Karlsruhe, with WHITECONCEPTS, Karlsruhe/DE
Mike Dargas, Ponyhof Gallery, Munich/DE
Opera Gallery, London/UK
Art Miami, represented by Maddox Gallery ,Miami/USA
Winter Contemporary-Maddox Editions, London/UK
Texas Contemporary with Maddox Gallery,Texas/USA
Contemporary Art Fair Istanbul,with C24 Gallery,Istanbul/TR
Art Miami, with C24 Gallery, Miami/USA
Contemporary Art Fair Istanbul, with C24 Gallery, Istanbul/TR
Art Karlsruhe, with WHITECONCEPTS, Rheinstetten/DE
Contemporary Art Fair, with C24 Gallery (New York), Istanbul/TR
CONTEMPO Fine Art, Vienna/AT
Enric Miralles meets Mike Dargas, Palau de Casavells/ES
STROKE Art Fair, Munich/DE
Neue Photokunst & Friends, Gallery Display, Cologne/DE
Freud lässt grüßen, Galerie Atelier I.S., Brussels/BE
art;pul art fair, Cologne/DE
ARTig, Kommandeursburg, Cologne/DE