Aurelius Michaelis (° 1980, Augsburg, Germany) produces paintings, drawings and works of art with mixed media. His focus is on acrylic painting.
By using abstraction, Aurelius tries to approach a variety of subjects in a multi-layered manner, likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical, and believes in the idea of the function that follows the form in a work.
His pictures react directly to the surroundings and use everyday experiences and feelings of the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that go unnoticed in their original context. With a conceptual approach, he wants the viewer to become part of art as a kind of additional component. Art is entertainment: it is important to him that the works can touch the viewer and put them in the work of the artist.
His works do not refer to recognisable forms.
The results are deconstructed to the extent that the meaning shifts and the possible interpretation becomes diverse.
By creating situations and breaking the passivity of the viewer, he creates intense personal moments that are masterfully created through rules and omissions, acceptance and rejection, and entice the viewer around in circles.
Often, when you look at your paintings several times, you discover new details again and again.
His works are based on inspiring situations: visions that reflect a feeling of undeniable and cheerful contemplation, combined with subtle details of strange or eccentric, humorous, imaginative elements.
Aurelius currently lives in a small town near Vienna in Lower Austria. Here he built a house with his wife and two children and, in addition to his job as construction manager, has enough space for his art of painting.