Stroke Art Fair 2017. Where Are You?

Where is Stroke? 

Last week, as I jotted down my schedule, I saw that something fun was missing and I didn’t understand why.  Why was Stroke not on my calendar and why was Stroke not happening in May?

Tracking down Marco Schwalbe, I asked him where was Stroke and why was my favourite Munich Art Fair not happening in May 2017.

The Stroke/Schwalbe story is too long for a typical Munich Artists blog post so I’m going to sacrifice a few details, cut a few twists and turns out and get to the point as fast as Munich Artists can. (I guess I could have sacrificed this paragraph….)


Divorce Affects Everyone

The biggest twist in the Stroke story happened in 2016 when Raiko and Marco Schwalbe decided to stop working together. 

Both brothers call the dissolution of their partnership a divorce which is a word that does not bring happy memories to anyone involved with that kind of thing. So, even though the two brothers worked for several years in the art world trying to bring art fairs to Munich and Berlin, they failed to keep on the same wavelength and decided to cut ties and divide up their creations.

Marco Schwalbe now has sole creative control over Stroke and he has full control over Stroke’s fate in Munich, Germany. 



The dissolution of a partnership is always tough but in late 2016 the Stroke team forged ahead and tried to find Stroke a home for 2017. This proved to be difficult. The Praterinsel was sold to Urs Brunner and the new management substantially increased the rent for the space and reduced the space footprint for Stroke Art Fair due to safety issues with the older buildings.

Artists and event organisers working in Munich know what a pain it can be to get a space that is big enough and nice enough and cheap enough to make your project happen. This is what stroke faced in their hunt for a new art fair home for the 2017 season.


After a few failed attempts to secure a location, the owners of Werksviertel/Kunstpark Ost came to the rescue and offered Stroke one of their existing building until it is demolished in three years. This amazing opportunity allows Stroke to exist in 2017 but, the timeline for the art fair had to be adjusted for the new larger space and short time frame.

werksviertel near Ostbahnhof, Munich, Germany


In an effort to make Stroke a quality event at the Werksviertel/Kunstpark Ost location, Marco Schwalbe decided to push the event back so that his team could take advantage of the larger space and rethink how Stroke would grow in this creative sector of Munich.

With a new space, Stroke will offer more quality artwork from more curated galleries.  The focus for Stroke will continue to be contemporary emerging artists that embody the spirit of Stroke Art Fairs from the past while offering serious collectors a quality selection of emerging art from around the world.


Although Marco Schwalbe and Mevena Chopova will curate the galleries admitted to the fair, Loomit will be curating the outdoor opportunities for artists to create large scale art pieces.



The Future of Stroke Art Fair

In the future, Marco hopes to take Stroke along the road towards having dedicated artistic areas (digital, Illustration) and continue to provide Munich with a fun and well curated emerging art fair event.

In the future, the fair may go back to May but Marco is waiting to see how everything goes at the new location and this year’s October date.

If you are an emerging contemporary gallery and are interested in bringing your artwork to Munich, you can apply to the Stroke Art Fair being held in October 2017.  

The fair will be happening from October 4 – October 8, 2017.

Marco will give the first opportunity to galleries who were booked for the May show and as I mentioned before, the focus of his team’s curation is emerging art for collectors who enjoy the Stroke experience.

Stroke Art Fair 2016 – Part II

PART II go here for Part I

Walk past the ISPO installation and enter the Ponyhof artclub room Displayed on the back wall are a few very large pieces. The one below is priced under 7000 Euro.  All the pieces by the artist Jakub Hubalek are monochromatic and I took a photo of the female portrait and a group scene. They both look like they are based on old photographs.  They look pretty straight forward but if you need more of a story, talk to the gallerist.

Artwork  by Jakub Hubalek Stroke Art Fair 2016
Artwork by Jakub Hubalek Stroke Art Fair 2016

In the same room, there are these two concrete blocks that I would have lugged home if I was looking for big sculptural pieces for a larger flat.  I like Valentina Murabito’s technique and the way she executed the work.

Stroke Art Fair 2016 – Valentina Murabito – Analog photograph, photoemulsion on Concrete



The artwork below is by Innerfields and I love Innerfields’ work.  Innerfields is a group of three street artists with a studio practice.  The cool thing about this group is that all three work on the artworks together and it really is seamless.  The work isn’t a collage of styles together but an Innerfields style.  The collection this year seems to be focused on the absence of the technology gadget – Let your brain insert the data.  Please don’t miss them.  The three artists are present I think. I saw two of them wandering around yesterday so I’m assuming the trio made the trip down from Berlin.

Innerfields – Stroke Art Fair 2016



We saw his work in two locations.  We’ve talked to HNRX and we want to make sure he continues making art so go buy some of his artwork.



Provenzano Fine Art

Below is an artwork brought all the way from Brazil.   The gallery is on the bottom floor of the main building in a corridor gallery space.  I really liked the work of Nick Alive but he didn’t fly to Munich from Brazil. You are welcome to talk to the two very friendly gallerists who are present and the other artists in the booth. I don’t have a price for you.. I think this piece was under 1k Euro.


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Nick Alive -Brazilian Artist at Stroke Art Fair 2016

For the Artists.  If you are part of Munich Artists or a Munich Artist and I didn’t capture your pretty face, I’m sorry. I didn’t realise there would be so many of you!  I went on the press tour and you or your artwork were not there yet or, you were so busy I didn’t get to talk with you, or, you didn’t scream at me to stop and pay attention.  I’m sorry. I love all Munich Artists and I’m encouraging people to go find you at the fair but, because of International Print Day, I don’t know if I will make it back out to the Island so we will have to do a little game planning for next year.

For collectors. I did a quick breakdown of the galleries present.

  •  14 galleries/art collectives are from Munich.
  • 10 galleries are from other areas of Germany.
  • 2  galleries are from Switzerland.
  • 10 galleries are from Turkey, UK, Netherlands, Brazil, Spain and the US. (Numbers are approximate, I’m an artist not an accountant.)

You will find excellent artwork at the fair and I’ve shown you photos of some of my favourites that were hanging or displayed when I walked with the press tour.

You will be happy with most of the prices. I’m not a big fan of paying high prices for unknown artists even those I love.  When you go, buy what you love and can afford. There is plenty of artwork to choose from and many of the artists have created artwork that is small and can be carted home on the subway without leaving you with a hole in your pocket. (Except for Valentina Murabitos Cement rectangles. You will need a forklift to get those home.)

If you are looking for more international artists, you may get a tad grumpy.  I pointed out the artists from Paris, Brazil, Turkey and Spain and you can hunt down the Polish and British  & Dutch artists.

If you are a street artist and I didn’t say hello, please email me and I will go photograph your work on the streets of Munich, Germany and share it on the website. If you are a street artist and you didn’t create street art pieces while in Munich…. shame on you.

Have fun everyone this weekend.  I wish the artists amazing sales and I wish the collectors a good art hunt.






Stroke Art Fair 2016 – PART I

Hello Mingaland.  Did you miss me yesterday?  I spent the day visiting Stroke Art Fair 2016 and unveiling plaster masks with Hazel Ang at my Studio.  Today, we are going to talk about stroke, tomorrow we will talk about masks.


We like stroke art fair because it is in Munich and we can walk there from the studio. This is version 7.0 and Stroke Art Fair is still attracting galleries with interesting artists but the art is shifting a bit towards contemporary so now the two are blended through each building like the plaid rug below. What. A plaid Rug? Yes, there is a rug underneath Viktoria Porkay’s painting “Prince Valentine.”

I found it funny that I saw this painting heading out from the gallery on my way to the studio. What fascinated me was the back so when I saw it at Stroke, I knew the universe wanted me to talk to the artist.  Ms. Porkay painted the painting on a rug/carpet. That fact isn’t so obvious from the front but very obvious when you see how the painting is attached to the frame.

Viktoria is a “young” artist.  I don’t think this fact matters but is seemed to matter to the Galerie Flash and that is how they described her… young and talented.  FYI – I don’t care how old you are, I care how talented you are. Stop associating talent with age. What matters to Munich Artists is that the work by Viktoria Porkay is creative, contemporary and in Munich.

Of course, as a female artist,  I loved that a female artists created the portrait and the artwork wasn’t labeled female art by the gallery – Very good sign for Viktoria and contemporary female artists.

Prince Valentine is one of my favourite pieces from Stroke this year. As you can see, it isn’t street art but a very contemporary portrait by a talented artist.  Go Viktoria!  We will be cheering you on your climb up the art career ladder.

Artist Viktoria Porkay – Prince Valentine

A press release came into my inbox from a greek gallery and I put it on my to do list to see their work.  To get to their booth, I passed this booth getting ready and I thought you might enjoy seeing all the work they put into a wall that is now hidden by lots of stencil art.

As you can see from the layers on the ground, this wall was super stenciled. It looked cool and I thought they were going to sell that panel which I thought was a great idea but then, when I walked by later, the whole wall was covered by little art pieces.  It was a sad realisation that all that work they put into the wall was just to showcase the tiny pieces.  I would have preferred the stencil wall and maybe a2 versions of the stencil wall that I could buy or maybe I could create a stencil using their stencils and take it home with me but this was a German gallery and that isn’t quite how German galleries work… yet.


Across from the covered stencil wall is a new gallery visiting from Turkey.  The Mixer Gallery  brought one of their famous street artists CINS (hiding behind the artwork below.) He is a very modest man who happens to be all over the walls of Turkey.  I asked CINS if he was going to put himself all over the street art walls of Munich but no one had asked him and he was flying to Berlin to have fun with people who want him to join in on the party. This made me sad. I want him to join my party, here in Munich and I would love to have one of his art pieces on our walls for a few weeks… Hello? Where is our street art welcoming committee?

CINS enjoys very organic shapes and he created collaged paper cutouts for Stroke Art Fair. CINS was very clear that he wasn’t upcycling paper but using art paper to create the coloured paper pieces.  The collages are not a planned but if you see a face in the image, it is their on purpose. Each collaged piece is priced under 900 Euro. They were doing a quick translation between Turkish Money and Euro in their heads to give me a price so if you are quick and get over there, maybe you can get a deal if you buy more than one piece. I think they are bringing a bit of Turkish business sense with them so you may have lots of fun discussing prices and buying art at this booth.  If you don’t like haggling, just go in and shout at Hazal Altun, the gallerist, “I will pay 900 Euro for that!” She speaks fluent English and is a bubbly petite woman. Nothing to be afraid of in this art booth. Go meet her and ask her about her twin sister living on the other side of the world. (Conversation starter in case you need one.) 

After talking with the artist, I was curious to see his street art so I looked him up on the internet and I found him making a street art piece that looks like one of the drawings at Stroke.  You can read the article about CINS here. (Turkish, use google translate.)

CINS Painting on the Street
CINS Street Art  (I want this in Munich)

Calligraffiti Ambassadors

I was on the press tour so lots of artists were still trying to figure out how to hang their work on the walls but Patrick Hartl was on the ball so he gets to have his photo in this article. Patrick did the organising for Calligraffiti at Stroke Art Fair and he is a Munich based street artist with a studio practice.

I own Patrick’s work and I’m a fan of the series below. The artwork is collaged and street art influenced.  Patrick started this series by taking work from his studio and ripping it up and layering it.  So it is all Patrick.   This series is priced under 600 Euro (at least at his last exhibition please consult with him and bring a few extra hundred if you plan to buy one.)

PATRICK HARTL – Calligraphy Collage work – Stroke Art Fair 2016

2WEI Art

This is an art collective showing the work of four artists.  Kaldea Nakajima’s artwork glows in the dark. The figures are have an Asian makeup flair and in her new series, she is making female figures based on different native cultures.

Kaldea will have a flashlight on hand for you to see how she has integrated the glow in the dark feature so hopefully she will remember to show you how her artwork changes with the light. Kaldea may be putting some street art out on the streets of Munich, Germany on Monday. I asked her to let me know if she does so I can go photograph it.  If you are a Munich Street artist, please go grab her and her boyfriend and show them where they can paint. Please make them feel welcome so we keep getting more cool street art in Munich.

Kaldea Nakajima – Street Artist from Paris – 2016
Dingo Babusch – Street Artist with a Studio Practice.

I loved this piece below because it combines so many things that I enjoy. It is  decades of paper layered. The artist found an advertising cylinder in Stuttgart that was being thrown away and cut out sections of it.  He took a saw and cut into the cylinder paper and created these rectangles of paper to be then stenciled.  The piece is standing like a sculpture in the display space.   This couldn’t happen in Munich. The Ads are ripped off so frequently that we only get maybe a year’s worth of ads on a circle round. They would never get thick enough to look like a plank.  If you are looking for a piece of Germany, this would be it. Priced under 2k Euro.

Artist Marok 189 – Stroke Art Fair 2016
Artist Thomas Meinicke

The ISPO installation that we talked about earlier this year is at Stroke. You  now can purchase the clouds for around 100 Euro. There are some cool ones so go get one!  The money from the sale of the clouds goes to a charity.

Next to the cloud is some small artwork by Ines Seidel for under 300 Euro

Ines Seidel 2016

Part II will be posted later today. I will also try to make a part III on Friday but I’m not sure I will be able to get over there again until Sunday.