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Artist Retrospective: Case Maclaim

September 21, 2021
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CASE Maclaim is a world-renowned urban artist. A German native to Frankfurt, Andres Von Chrzanowski (a.k.a. CASE or CASE Maclaim) is a graffiti painter who relies on his highly developed talent to create pieces that combine brilliant photorealism with a strong note of surrealism.

Los Angeles, USA, 2015

This artist primarily uses spray paint as this street art technique enables him to get the most out of his visuals and achieve the level of perfection his incredibly life-like graffiti possess. One of Andres Von Chrzanowski’s most common pictorial motifs are the overlaying hands that symbolize unity and power. It should also be noted that CASE is a founding member of the renown East- Germany Maclaim Crew, a group that has been the urban expression’s photorealism pioneer for over two decades now.

Jacksonville, FL, 2016

Case’s visual vocabulary usually relies on the components of the human body that are abstracted from their origin and are given new narrative, frightful, animalistic or mythic elements. Such a practice enables Andres to re-question many commonly found ideas about humanity, reinforcing them with strange and awe-inspiring images. Such deep concepts and recontextualization are only rivaled by the technical supremacy of this artist.

This symbolic piece from Art Basel ’14 is dedicated to a female student named Tugce Albayrak. She was beaten to death by two guys. Just because she tried to stop those guys while they hassled two other girls. It happened near Frankfurt when Case started to paint this wall.

“The Future Is Female” in Berlin, Germany, 2016

Artist Retrospective: Case Maclaim

“The Unsung Hero” in Milwaukee, USA

To pay tribute to Milwaukee’s female working class heroes from the past, and to celebrate the present ones, Case came up with this sketch of an anonymous representative. When presenting it to the organization, he asked them to help him find a female Milwaukeean, a member of the community of the third ward district, who embodies courage, curiosity and creativity.

Dubai, UAE, 2016 The piece shows the traditional art of Arabic coffee making with the hands of an old lady pouring coffee using a Dallah ( traditional coffee pot).

“A Miracle Elixir” in Heerlen, Netherlands, 2014

“The Origin Of Things” in Blackburn, UK, 2019

Artist Retrospective: Case Maclaim

Valmontone, Italy for Memorie Urbane 2015

“The Butterfly Catcher” in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 2020

“The Butterfly Catcher” is an interpretation of a classic ancient masterpiece by Carl Spitzweg in the 1840’s — shows the importance of catching details in the moment.

To discover more about Case Maclaim visit our #CaseMaclaim page!

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