About the Artist
AVAF (Assume Vivid Astro Focus)
Assume vivid astro focus was founded by Eli Sudbrack in 2001. Sudbrack began working with Christophe Hamaide Pierson in 2005 as a duo that often morphs into a collective, depending on the different projects they are involved in. AVAF works in a vast array of media, including painting, drawing, installations, video, sculpture, neon, wallpaper, decals, and often confronts gender, politics, and embedded cultural codes through pop imagery and neon colors. The duo brings a passionate collaborative spirit to every aspect of their work—from conceiving projects in tandem, to employing an extensive range of references and materials, to executing large-scale installations with expert, animated, diversely talented teams. AVAF approaches every project with a combination of all-encompassing, unbridled vision and keen pragmatism.
Their work often and easily segues into the fashion industry and popular culture. They have collaborated with designers from Comme des Garçons—providing their imagery for both printed and digital matter—to Lady Gaga, who incorporated their art into the “Gaga's Workshop” display at Barneys New York.
Born in 1982, he lives and works in Athens as a street artist. Started doing graffiti in 1996, studied architecture at the University of Thessaly U.TH., where he graduated in 2009. His work has been presented internationally in numerous exhibitions, festivals and special commissions.
In his studio “thisismybworld”, he works in a wide spectrum of projects from painting and illustration to urban installations and sculpting, while at the same time he travels and paints walls in cities all over the world. He works in the language of things consumed and discarded – from his subject matter to his chosen canvases. b. adorns crumbling and deteriorating city walls with Christmas trees, corporate logos, birthday cakes, religious insignias and other recognizable images with a certain degree of value. His playful images capture the world we’ve created, patched together from a random assortment of unassuming yet visually compelling objects.
He has represented Greece at the 13th Biennale of Architecture in Venice, has exhibited works at the Benaki Museum, the DESTE Foundation and at Art Athina in 2013-14 and 2018. He has made murals, projects and exhibitions in Miami, New York, London, Beijing, Tokyo, Osaka, Dubai, Rio De Janeiro, Cape Verde and more.