Danja Akulin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1977. He moved to Berlin in 2000 to study at the University of Arts, and still lives and works there today. As a student, he studied under Georg Baselitz and Daniel Richter. His aesthetic black and white drawings are minimalistic and conceptual.
In the Penumbra
In his drawings, Danja Akulin captures light and shadow, thus preserving moods and emotions. He receives inspiration from his environment, as well as his dreams and memories, and depicts objects such as barcodes, fingerprints or even landscapes and trees. His longtime teacher and mentor Georg Baselitz supported and helped shape his artistic work and vision. Other artists such as Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter also influenced the work of Danja Akulin.