by Megan Miller
Steven Schwede: Inspired in
The greater variety of culture
and acceptance of art is why Steven Schwede, 32, a German
painter, moved to Berlin nine years ago.
He was born in Hamburg, Germany
and lived there all of his life, but he wanted a change.
Everyone is free to be an individual in Berlin, and there are
also greater opportunities for artists, because people
appreciate art more in Berlin, Schwede said
Most of his life he has
painted. He remembers painting with his mother at a very young
age, and says his creative family is most likely how he got into
painting. His grandfather made intricate clocks, and his mother
painted and drew.
Politics, history, nature and
his own life experiences are what inspire him to create, he
Schwede paints photo-realistic,
surreal and abstract images at his gallery located in the
Prenzlauer-Berg district of former East Berlin. Oil is the only
medium Schwede uses, due to the quality of picture that only oil
paints can make.
“Oil is the king of colors,”
Schwede says. Oil paint, he said, can make the best colors and
hold its color better over time. It is also one of the most
difficult mediums to use, he says, and the technique takes years
Schwede mostly likes to paint
outside, on the busy street in front of his gallery with people
constantly passing by.
“I like to
feel the city,” he said.