Bram Reijnders (1974) captures “urban magic” during his global expeditions. Active on six continents, Reijnders is, in his own words, mostly inhaling the impressions of our times and exhaling these impressions as an aesthetic manifestation in his art. His oeuvre finds its origin in the soul of the artist which, overloaded with today’s information flow, constantly absorbs the noise in search of essence and the spirit of our time.
His work contains a lot of contrast: the ripped pieces of billboards combined with youthful themes and a smooth, lush finish. Reijnders invites us to “undress our adulthood” and rationale to enjoy the beauty that emerges from his images. By decontextualizing these pieces of reality and adding new urban images, pop culture, and mass consumption items in them.
Reijnders travels as a collector of the ordinary to world cities to photograph “urban magic” while diving into different cultures. As a nomad of art he went to the most dangerous neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro and captured it.
Once he was caught in the middle of a bullet rain and had to hide underneath cars. The tension and heavy energy in these areas are risky at times, but also provide edge and were very beneficial to his portfolio. According to Reijnders, you have to step out of your comfort zone to really grow and make an impact.
This is what really works for the artist himself. Nowadays Reijnders has exhibited in galleries and art shows in New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Berlin and Paris.