Biography of Andy Hope 1930
Andy Hope 1930 (born Andreas Hofer in 1963, Munich, Germany) is a German contemporary artist working in a range of media, well known for his juxtaposition of art historical references and imagery from pop culture, or comic and science fiction illustration. He finds inspiration in the works of past artists, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Klee, and Kasimir Malevich, among others. The artist frequently looks to found media for inspiration, whether it means working with photographs from the press, characters derived from comics or reworking paintings found in thrift stores. Hope 1930 has developed a distinctive iconography in which superheroes, dinosaurs, Satanist creatures, spaceships, and historical villains all pop up with some regularity in his works. A harmless image pilfered from pop culture, for example, can suddenly be found adjacent to a macabre reminder of Nazi Germany.
His works have recently been featured in exhibitions in Berlin; Düsseldorf; Vienna; London; Munich; and Miami. Moreover his works are represented in a number of public collections, including Sammlung Lenbachhaus in Munich; the Abteiberg Museum in Monchengladbach; and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, in addition to renowned private collections such as The Mario Testino Collection. The artist is currently based in Berlin.