Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlands
About Michiel Folkers
Gieler (Michiel Folkers) was born in 1982 in The Netherlands. In the late 90’s he began experimenting with graffiti in Amsterdam. For years, he remained active with spraying letters on walls and as he got older, graffiti evolved in streetart and he also started to experiment on canvas. The street influences can still be recognized and by using hand torn collected street posters, he is able to compose unique images on canvas captivating the viewer with the voice of the people and his own. Blending urban elements in a highly intricate way, he creates compositions that differentiate him from his counterparts. Since 2014 he has been diligently creating this body of work by replicating the captivating beauty of pop icons with his own style. As an emerging artist from The Netherlands, his collage works are always being provided with posters he collects from walls out of the streets; he has developed a technique of ”Sustainable art" which gives a living and edgy character to his paintings. He also uses other old materials, like damaged brushes, blunt stanleyknives or other older and sometimes broken tools. Since by working with these tools and materials the result is always more surprising and exciting. The technique he is using is mostly a combination of acrylic, spraypaint and silkscreening. Since 2014 he is using posters (he collects from walls out of the streets), hand tearing all the posters creates a unique image on canvas. His style can be described as pop art, collage art or stencil art. Recurring topics are animals, women and heroes (or anti-heroes) always…’street inspired’. Gieler lives in Amsterdam, the city where he started doing graffiti years ago. He also works on commissioned base.