Axel Crieger was born in 1955 in Munich, Germany and studied Visual Communication. The concepts of “truth” and “reality” fuse together when the American-German artist creates his modern photo-collages of the Icon series; out of previous images and special effects he recreates new environments for famous figures of modern history. As he says, this images are “headshots” created in his mind.
As a photographer, director and designer, Axel Crieger has worked for international clients like Levis, Time Warner, BMW, Heineken, Daimler or Ford in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London or Milan. Many Hollywood stars are devoted collectors of Crieger´s works, which are also internationally awarded. Axel’s Digital Paintings are composed of a variety of photographic quotes, designs, drawings and special effects to create photographic images, which have never been photographed. His art has been exhibited in several places around the world and is represented by various international galleries and international art shows.
He has created books, TV shows, exhibitions, commercials and a variety of designs and large paintings. He met with Andy Warhol and got published in Interview Magazine, the publication founded in late 1969 by the major pioneer of the pop art movement. In 1980 Joseph Beuys, German avant-garde sculptor and performance artist (1921-1986), painted over one of his exhibits, signed it and declared the result Best of the Show. Oscar winner Michael Blake published his book “American Night”, and Muhammad Ali received “Rumble in the Jungle” for his private collection.