Love it or hate it, the ’90s are officially back. Dad sneakers, fanny packs, and neon raincoats are taking over our streets and feed, and with them a longing for sitcoms like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or Friends. So it comes as no surprise that illustrators and graphic designers are ahead of the curve.
Interdisciplinary illustrator and visual Ju Schnee is known for her intensely bright, neon-colored, illustrations and lettering art that are all about those ’90s vibes – but with an added, contemporary twist. Originally from Austria, Schnee studied Information Design (BA) and Communication (MA) in her hometown of Graz.
Having moved to Berlin in 2017, she launched her own studio this past year, located in the hip Berlin Mitte. Schnee’s work is often created digitally and includes typographical elements. But she also paints murals in public spaces and creates engaging animated GIFs and animations.
“I am in love with shapes, colors and textures,” she further relayed in an interview with Ballpitmag. “Bauhaus, Memphis, Japanese Graphic Design and Surrealism were the most formative movements for my work,” she adds. “That’s why I work mostly with abstract and vibrant elements. Whether it’s an animation, a mural or an installation. I incorporate my shapes in every piece of my work. For me, it’s magical to tell a story just with abstract elements and special textures.”
“I am highly inspired by surreal artists such as Ernst, Magritte or Miro,” she adds. “It’s always nice to look back and realize the cleverness and finesse of these artists. I love the irony and metaphoric messages they played with and that’s also something I always try to incorporate. Also, I like to look at the current trends, like to stay up to date through art festivals or talks and go to galleries.”
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