Art Steffen Kern’s illustrations look like photographs
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Steffen Kern’s illustrations look like photographs

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Giulia Guido

Lately in the art world, the theme of deception seems to be a constant. Some photographs look real and instead are made by Artificial Intelligence, amazing places and architectures exist only in the Metaverse, billboards seem to come out of the margins and come at you. It is as if our eyes and minds have to be constantly challenged in order to still be amazed. German artist Steffen Kern also tricks us, but he does so with more ordinary means, ensuring the result. 

Born in 1988, Steffen Kern began his studies in art at a young age and to date counts countless participations in exhibitions and solo shows. His technique is simple enough to leave one bewildered, and the only materials he uses are simple cardboard on which he creates with ink, watercolor and colored pencils

So far, nothing strange, except that every gesture, every pass of color by Steffen Kern is aimed at reproducing the typical elements of analog photographs such as thick grain, flashes of light, particularly marked chiaroscuro. This technique is the real star of his works, which is why the subjects are often common places and objects: a living room, a steak on a frying pan, a bedroom. 

Steffen Kern’s drawings look like photographs and are a beautiful illusion.

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Steffen Kern
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Written by Giulia Guido
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