Olaf Breuning is a New York based swiss-born artist who creates videos, sculptures, drawings, and installations that investigate kitsch, cliché and popular culture. His unique mode of pastiche follows an eclectic approach, drawing icons from sources anywhere between Edvard Munch and Andy Warhol. In his color photographs “Marilyn” Breuning painted the bodies of nude models to evoke the signature styles of influential 20th century artists like Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Jackson Pollock, and On Kawara. For more images visit his website www.olafbreuning.tumblr.com.
Whom do you look up to?
I look up to things around me, the world, the universe, random things inspiring me….
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
Sure there are some key people in my career but the biggest influence would be life itself – and how strange it is.
How would you describe yourselve in one sentence?
I am a very fortunate person who should not complain!
What made you want to become a photographer?
My father gave me a camera when I was seventeen. From that moment on I was obsessed with it.
Quotes and Wisdoms
How do you define creativity?
The awareness to be alive and create something out of that.
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
Nothing comes from nothing”
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a photographer?
I “learned” to be a professional photographer in Switzerland as a young man in a commercial company….I would say that was a big challenge…had to carry around tons of material for shootings…like a mule.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
I would change nothing I think I knew with 21 what i had to know….
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for photography?
I probably would do it for a big box of milk chocolate truffles….
All images © Olaf Breuning
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