Christoph Niemann’s work may appear simple, but the thought that goes into it is simply amazing. Little wonder, this artist, author and animator stand tall in the international arena with a fan following of over 800,000 on Instagram alone.
Niemann blends everyday objects into his art giving them a whole new meaning. Whatever Object he uses is most apt and brings out the feeling that he wants to convey. Take the example of one of his illustrations using strawberry as a person’s head, who he depicts as totally dejected in life or the aerial shot of a cup of coffee as the head of a man who has got up in the morning and is stretching. He also paints canvases with minimal colours, relying more on white spaces.
Leading magazines, such as The New Yorker, WIRED and The New York Times Magazine, regularly publish Niemann’s illustration. Incidentally, he has contributed 26 covers to The New Yorker since 1998. Not only this, his art is being displayed in numerous solo and group exhibitions, year after year.
Niemann has earned the singular honour of drawing live from the Venice Art Biennale and the London Olympic Games. Unbelievably, he has also sketched the New York City Marathon, while actually participating in it! Not only this, his work has been showcased in an episode of Abstract, an original Netflix series.
The New Yorker’s US Open issue carried Niemann’s first Augmented Reality Cover and a hand-drawn 360-degree VR animation. His long list of clients includes Google, St. Moritz, Hermés, The Museum of Modern Art, LAMY, etc. Niemann was inducted into the Alliance Graphique Internationale as a member and also into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2010.
Niemann has also authored several books that include the monograph ‘Sunday Sketching’, ‘Words’ and ‘Souvenir’. He has also published ‘Conversations’ with Nicholas Blechman. His apps PETTING ZOO and CHOMP, developed with Jon Huang, have been well received by the kids.