… is a contemporary figurative painter who lives and works in Bochum, Germany. He has never visited art school and only studied graphic design for a very short while. Another passion has always prevailed: deejaying. In his hometown he’s been well known as a DJ and club owner since the mid eighties.
Of course, like any self-respecting artist he’s already scribbled on everything he could get hold of as a kid. Later, as a young man, he designed quite a few album covers and posters for local bands and record labels and of course he was responsible for all the flyers in the clubs where he worked.
And yet Ralf Odermann’s serious involvement with art began only relatively recently, in 2016 namely,in the form of digital drawings with Apple Pencil on iPad. To his own astonishment and delight this lead to several successful exhibitions.
In 2020, during the period of pandemic restrictions, he discovered his new love for acrylic paints, brushes and canvases. Since then, many, many paintings have been created, often vivid, richly coloured portraits, but also representations of non-real people, which he virtually invents while painting.
In his works he’s always looking for the great pose, artistic exaggeration and modern icons.