About & Above

The Low Bros is an artist duo, which is made up of brothers Christoph and Florin Schmidt – formerly active as graffiti writers Qbrk and Nerd. Their work most often centers around stylized animal characters with human features, and addresses graffiti, hip hop, skateboarding and other elements which influenced and shaped the artists’ youth in the 1980s and 1990s.
Christoph und Florin Schmidt // Photo by David Rasche

Christoph und Florin Schmidt // Photo by David Rasche

While the poses of the characters in the painted scenes come off as macho and overly masculine, a closer look quickly reveals that this is not taken too seriously. The Low Bros also address current topics in their work, which hint to future developments. Their documentation of the youth culture of the 80s and 90s is intended to conserve a former way of life. The use of contemporary methods, however, gives thematic glimpses into the future. The protagonists of their work embody codes and attitudes of city life, which are in contrast to the natural purity of the animal and nature motifs, also integral to their work. This tension drawn from the ambivalence between urbanity and nature gives rise to a whole Low Bros universe.

The work of the artist duo is fueled by the complex interaction between two-dimensionality and three-dimensionality: It is the synergy of geometric and flowing organic shapes, cubic effects, expressive color grids and multifaceted patterns that brings their work to life. Influences from design and illustration can be seen, as well as the cool and abstract video game esthetics from the 80s and 90s, and the psychedelic shapes and colors of ancient cultures. Great attention is also given to technical precision and detail.

The accentuated play of light and shadow intensifies the contrast and unites the seemingly un-unitable, such as street life and subtle natural mystique. This is done, however, in a rather light-hearted way, thanks to many humorous details, which become apparent upon closer examination. Ambivalence with a wink – this is how the world of the Low Bros could be described; a world where painted scenes are transformed into surreal places of wonder.

The artist duo Low Bros formed in 2011 and has since created numerous thematic series featuring their characters. Their mural, canvas and multimedia projects, as well as their installations have been featured in group shows and solo exhibitions around the world. The Low Bros live and work in Berlin.


LowBros are represented by BC Gallery (Berlin) and thinkspace gallery (Los Angeles)


Exhibitions


Solo Shows
  • Upcoming
  • 06.04.2017 / StolenSpace Gallery / London, United Kingdom
  • 2018 / Mirus Gallery / San Francisco, USA
  • Past
  • 09/2016 "Perfiction" / Golden Hands Gallery / Hamburg, Germany
  • 06/2015 "Wasted Youth" / Thinkspace Gallery - Culver City / Los Angeles, USA
  • 05/2014 "Menace Beach pt.2" / OZM Gallery / Hamburg
  • 12/2013 "WOOD / HOOD" / BC Gallery / Berlin
  • 04/2013 "Menace Beach“ / Letters Are My Friends / Berlin
  • 10/2012 "Oh Deer" / Pictoplasma Kitchen / Berlin
  • 07/2012 "Wild Cats" / Montana Gallery / Lisbon
Group Shows
  • Upcoming
  • 22.02.2017 / Project M/11 „Radius" / URBAN NATION Museum for Urban Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
  • Past
  • 02/2017 / „Paint It Forward" / Tampa Art Gallery, Florida, USA
  • 02/2017 / "POW! WOW!"Exploring the New Contemporary Movement / Honolulu Museum Of Art / Hawaii, USA
  • 11/2016 / „Scope Art Show" / Thinkspace Gallery, Miami, USA
  • 08/2016 / Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) / Lancaster, USA
  • 07/2016 / "Millerntor Gallery #6" / Millerntor Stadium / Hamburg, Germany
  • 05/2016 / "Entry Point: Exploring The New Contemporary Movement" / Fullerton Museum Center / Fullerton, USA
  • 04/2016 / "What The Weekend Is Gallery" / Urban Spree Gallery / Berlin, Germany
  • 02/2016 / "POW! WOW!" / Honolulu Museum Of Art / Hawaii, USA
  • 12/2015 / "Scope Art Show" / Thinkspace Gallery, Miami, USA
  • 09/2015 / "Reasons for the Seasons" / Stolenspace Gallery - London, United Kingdom
  • 09/2015 / "LAX / LHR" / Stolenspace Gallery - London, United Kingdom
  • 07/2015 / "Millerntor Gallery #5“ / Millerntor Stadium / Hamburg, Germany
  • 06/2015 / "Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape" / Long Beach Museum of Art - Long Beach, USA
  • 02/2015 / "20" Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz“ / Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery / Los Angeles
  • 01/2015 / "La Familia" - 10th Anniversary Show / Thinkspace Gallery / Los Angeles, USA
  • 11/2014 / "Art Beekn" / ARTY FARTY Gallery / Cologne, Germany
  • 08/2014 / "Living Walls, the City Speaks" / Goat Farm Arts Center / Atlanta, USA
  • 05/2014 / "Street Art Cologne" - Book Release / Die Kunstagentin / Cologne, Germany
  • 05/2014 / "Millerntor Gallery #4" / Millerntor Stadium / Hamburg, Germany
  • 03/2014 / "An Even Eleven" / Shooting Gallery / San Francisco, USA
  • 02/2014 / "POW! WOW!" / Honolulu Museum Of Art / Hawaii, USA
  • 01/2014 / "Littletopia" / LA Art Show / Los Angeles, USA
  • 12/2013 / "Scope Art Show"/ Thinkspace Gallery / Miami, USA
  • 10/2013 / "Beyond Eden" / LA Municipal Art Gallery / Los Angeles, USA
  • 10/2013 / "The Weird Rehab" / Ort Für Gestaltung / Basel, Switzerland
  • 08/2013 / "City Leaks" / Festival Centre / Cologne, Germany
  • 07/2013 / "The Weird" / Inner State Gallery / Detroit, USA
  • 05/2013 / "Millerntor Gallery #3" / Millerntor Stadium / Hamburg, Germany
  • 02/2013 / "Bukruk" / BACC (Bangkok Art & Culture Centre) / Bangkok, Thailand
  • 11/2012 / "Emerging Artists“ / Affordable Art Fair / Hamburg, Germany
  • 09/2012 / "The Weird" / Neurotitan / Berlin, Germany
  • 08/2012 / "4560" / Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken / Saarbrücken, Germany
  • 05/2012 / "Escape The Golden Cage" / K&K Telegrafenamt / Vienna, Austria
  • 04/2012 / "Where The Weird Things Are" - Pictoplasma Character Walk / FIT / Berlin, Germany
  • 12/2011 / "Neu West Berlin" Opening / Neu West Berlin Gallery / Berlin, Germany
  • 11/2011 / "Up Down’n’Around" /Verve / Bielefeld, Germany
  • 10/2011 / "Berlin Bandits" / Neonchocolate Gallery / Berlin, Germany
  • 10/2011 / "Stroke 4.0" / Urban art fair / Berlin, Germany
  • 08/2011 / "Freedom Park" / Exhibition of Berlin wall pieces / Berlin, Germany
  • 05/2011 / "Stroke 3.0" / Urban art fair / Munich, Germany
  • 03/2011 / "Backstreet Toys" / Kupferdiebe Galerie / Hamburg, Germany