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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.

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About the works

His creative world is made up of dreamlike images which takes shape in his mind like “headshots”. A sort of combination of truth and imagined reality created through images that have never been photographed.

Axel Crieger’s work aims to design new realities and to tell virtual stories combining a variety of tecniques with a true sense of style to masterful compositions. His protagonists are mostly historical personalities who are placed in a situation saturate by the artist’s historical knowledge.
Nowadays he creates his art in a virtual space, which he seldom leaves, creating pictures of ideas, dreams, personal choices and public perception.

His work has garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards and is available in small editions.
His works can be found in many private and public art collections like the Miller Collection Los Angeles, Jones Day International, Abdi Ibrahim Istanbul, Aberdeen International, Begum Agakhan Zurich, McKinsey&Company Moscow, Muhammad Ali Los Angeles, Ernst&Young London, EON Ag Germany, Consulate of the Netherlands, Istanbul, Robert Lee Hong Kong, KMP Singapore, Silvio Denz Paris, Young&Rubicam Tel Aviv, just to name a few.

Featured works

La Belle Au Bois Dormant

Dolce Vita Roma

The Requiem Hommage de Basquiat


Tribute to Alexander McQueen

Hommage To Alexander McQueen