Christoph Niemann

Christoph Niemann is my favorite visual communicator.  His illustrations always leaves you surprised and with a refreshing sensation. It is full of humor, the simplicity of his strokes and his color palette that is often reduced to one hue, is friendly to the viewer and make you always want more. His work is a constant leap between signifier and meaning, these terms always used and of utmost importance for the theory of communication and which are, after all, the cornerstone of meanings. I would say that if you want to understand semiotics better, he would be the best reference.

A curious fact is that his favorite colors are black and yellow, he said that the contrast is perfect, it´s clear, easy to read and better that just white and black.

Recently I visited an exhibition at the Cartoon Museum in Basel, Switzerland where I had the opportunity to see his work closely and I could found more information about him. The Curator Anette Gehring wrote the following introduction for his exhibition:

Berlin-based illustrator, artist and author Christoph Niemann (b. 1970) is a master of metaphor who can mould the complex and the multifaceted in impressively clear, elegant, poetic and humorous images, with reduced, often minimalist means. Be they quick sketches or elaborate illustrations and animations, every one of this great artist’s works is an instantly absorbing implementation of a brilliant idea. At the same time, rather than exclusively committing to any one technique or style, he constantly experiments and expands his repertoire of expressive means in all directions, be it with Lego bricks, potato stamps, painted-over photographs or computer animations. This sought-after illustrator’s clients include newspapers and magazines like “The New Yorker”, “Time”, “Wired” and “The New York Times Magazine”, but also institutions and firms, such as the Museum of Modern Art, Google and Herman Miller. He writes and illustrates his own books for adults, including “Abstract City” and “Sunday Sketching”, which originated from a blog, and also conceives digital applications like the successful apps “Petting Zoo” and most recently “Chomp”, which are geared towards a very young audience. The Cartoonmuseum Basel is honouring this multi-award-winning and inspiring artist with a solo exhibition, which will be his first in Switzerland and will comprise over 120 original drawings, prints, adapted photographs and animations.
Curator: Anette Gehrig

Christoph Niemann video conference 2016



Exercise Materials

Latin Flower Market Illustration

Inspiration Martina Paukova.

Like her, I used vectors and colorful colors. Tryed to played with the flat images and put a lot of objects.

Flower Market

Inspiration Jim Avignon.

I used materials like cardboard and acrylic paintings. The painting name is Flower seller and it´s a kind of different approach because  it is a stereotype. I tryed to traduce this topic to Jim Avignon´s style.

Flower seller

Martina Paukova

She studied politics in Slovakia before she became an illustrator.  She started to draw people putting it into different spaces where the “flatness” of the enviroment and the big number of elements she introduced to her illustration makes me remember the search and found books for children which I love.

The slovakian imagery has influenced somehow in her developement. The color and the style can be related with slovakian tradition. Although she has reach a strong style, representing people in different situations, she keeps trying to represent other objects in new ways playing with space.

She is definitly one of my favorite illustrators.

Sunday Times


Illustrators – Jim Avignon

Jim Avignon (Germany)

I like this artist because he still uses flexible materials and because he keeps going since 25 years with the same style. For him the content is the important part. He had made comercial work but at the end he prefer to do his art.

The work below is an appartment building in a place with many conflicts between the neighbors. He decided to paint a flower vase where the flowers are represented by the people who lived there showing that everybody is beautiful and nice and part of the hole.

There are persons, animals and even objects full of color and each one with with his own character, he wants to show that everything is included. The windows of the building are included in the work. When somebody looks through is automatically included and is part of the artwork.

Jim Avignon is an street artist and his style matches well in the context.


Jim_Avignon-Haus in Italy
Jim Avignon work – Haus

This video is in german but what I want to show is the process.  He paints with acrylics over linen canvas. But he practically paints over all.