Mike Dargas is a German visual artist and painter whose hyperrealistic oil portraits have earned him global admiration.
Discovered on Instagram just a few years ago, the artist had already dedicated much of his life to the pursuit of his craft. Having carved an incredibly successful career as a painter, Dargas is known around the world and has exhibited extensively in Germany, as well as Turkey, Austria, Spain, the UK and the US.
Here at Maddox Gallery, we are delighted and honoured to share some of his works. Visitors to our central London galleries never fail to stop and stare at the stunning portraits which catch the eye and capture the imagination.
With the talented young talent enjoying a stratospheric rise in the art world, many individuals are looking to invest in Mike Dargas art for possible future appreciation.
If you are looking to buy Mike Dargas art as an investment piece, or simply as an incredible focal point for your home, please contact us to arrange a visit to see his works up close and truly appreciate the craftsmanship and patience involved in their creation.
An artist from early childhood
Mike Dargas was born in Cologne, Germany in 1983, and showed an extraordinary talent for drawing and painting which was noticed and nurtured by his mother.
Painting from the age of three, Dargas first displayed his talent publicly at eleven years old, drawing ‘old master’ paintings with pastel and chalk on the pavement in front of Cologne cathedral. This same year, he was accepted into a prestigious art school, graduating after a year and a half as the only child in a class of adults.
Citing artists such as Salvador Dali, Caravaggio and HR Giger as major inspirations, Mike Dargas studied a range of techniques contributing to his mastery of hyperrealistic techniques.
Mike Dargas art has moved through various mediums
For Mike Dargas, art as a career started in a tattoo studio at just fourteen years old. He soon developed a huge reputation, receiving numerous awards and prizes.
He soon found his true passion in oil paintings, many of which explore the covering, coating and hiding of skin as something of a throwback to his days as a tattoo artist.
“In the end I never studied art but I never stopped painting and exploring different styles and techniques. Even when I had my own tattoo studio in Cologne, Germany, I focused on portraits.” – Mike Dargas
Mike Dargas art often features its subject partly covered in a dripping liquid that resembles honey or melted chocolate. Those substances add a seductive and sexually charged element, and give an ideal opportunity to show the artist’s incredible talents to their fullest.
“I used honey at first and was amazed by the effect. It was intoxicating. Then I tried other materials with a similar impact. I had valuable raw materials, gold and diamonds on my mind.” – Mike Dargas
He starts his process by taking a series of photographs which then form a basis for his oil paintings, many of which tower over the viewer at over two metres in height.
Dargas plays with notions of perception by producing oversized and hyperrealistic portraits which appear to be photographs when first seen from a distance. On closer observation, it becomes clear that artworks are made up of brushstrokes rather than pixels, and all of the rich textures and materials have been expertly replicated.
The artist studies his subjects with enormous intensity, giving each painted portrait an intense and intimate facial expression. Subjects often appear lost in thought, making it possible to them to reflect the viewer’s thoughts or emotions.
“I try to capture a certain moment, a feeling that I see in my motif. Oil paint allows me to work very detailed and in every new work I try to get closer to the perfect image.” – Mike Dargas