Andy Hope 1930
Born in 1963 in Munich, Germany. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
The German artist Andreas Hofer was educated at the Munich Art Academy and Chelsea College in London. He signs his work with his name translated as Andy Hope, adding the year 1930, which marks the socio-economic turning point of the 20th century. With a passion for American comics and history, he has composed a pop world somewhere between film noir, gothic. and romanticism. Invited to the Freud Museum in London, he filled the venue with paintings, drawings, and installations which provide fusion between fiction and historical reality. The artist created the fictional meeting of Robin, the hero of DC Comics and the great Russian writer Fiodor Dostoïevski for the Malaga Art Centre in Spain. The imaginary character Robin Dostoïevski resulted from it. John Wayne, Sigmund Freud, Nazis, and cowboys rub shoulders in a parallel fantasy world populated with ghosts and superheroes in political work which interlaces conceptual design and figuration. Combining popular American culture and historical German heritage, the artist’s anachronistic connections between superheroes and Third Reich symbols are surprising, juxtaposing optimistic American certitudes and Germanic gloom. With drawings, paintings, collages, bas reliefs, and installations, Andy Hope skilfully handles a changing number of mediums through which he evokes a world prolific with pop icons, dreamlike visions, and private nightmares.