Kai “Raws” Imhof was born in 1990, in Königs Wusterhausen, Germany and raised in Berlin. After finishing his A-level at the Emmy-Noether School in Berlin-Köpenick, he started the training as a graphic designer at the Best-Sabel Designschule in Berlin, which he finished in 2015 by winning the best graduation work award.
After that, he decided to become a full-time artist and videographer.
Raws’ artistic career started in 2004 when he was painting the streets as a graffiti writer. During his early years as a sprayer, he painted illegal bombings and tags on walls in his neighborhood.
Due to clashes with the police, he decided (around 2008) to deal with the artistic side of graffiti writing.
Inspirered by movements like Bauhaus or Blauer Reiter and artists like Kandinsky, Richter or Picasso, he combines his addiction to clean graphics, layout and arrangement with a classic graffiti style.
Raws applies here his idea of “neograffism”, his aim is to reduce graffiti to the basic shape to find out how far he can go so that the shapes are still seen as graffiti.
… La vie en Raws !
arrival chairlift Nationale express [Alt. 2400m],
photo: Jatniel Lopez, Aleiko studio & VAF