“I want to create a personal space, an infinite universe, a haven where thoughts can wander and the gaze can be bewildered, concerns and negative thoughts can disappear…so we can just be.”
Mikael B manages to transform impressions and experiences into an abstract design language that exudes energy and joy as he creates his conceptual works of art with spray and acrylic. As an urban contemporary artist, Brandrup has developed his own identity and special signature, deeply rooted in his early years as a graffiti artist. From the start, the artist sought to depart from the traditional ways; he has his own, unmistakable style, which he is eager to share with the outside world. His life unfolds on the basis of an awareness of being present and acting in the present.
The works are attractive and open to interpretation. It is art that we step into and experience with our entire body. A universe where everything can happen – a mindset that also permeates Brandrup's life. He juxtaposes and challenges art historical references from Baroque to Cubism, expressed in utterly contemporary fashion with spray paint.
Raised on Tuse Næs, west of Copenhagen, Brandrup already exhibited a strong need to express himself visually as a child. It all started with his notebook drawings during school hours; his parents immediately acknowledged the need and allowed him to paint with spray cans on large wooden boards in the family’s backyard. As a teenager, Brandrup quickly became part of Copenhagen’s graffiti environment in Sydhavnen, where he painted several hundred walls in a few years.
He has always had a desire to give back and use his art to make a difference. For this reason, the artist founded the Mikael B Foundation in 2017, where all charity projects come together. It started with a school in Cambodia but has since spread to projects in favor of saving the world seas, planting trees to reduce CO2 in collaboration with The Perfect World Foundation and, last but not least, he is an ambassador for the Red Cross.