... says German artist Tona, who prefers to let the spotlight be on his work, rather than himself, as he explains his creations
An artist based in Hamburg, Germany, Tona has visited India three times and has left his mark across the country with his unique street art.Whether you are in Bengaluru, Hampi, Gokarna, Chennai, Puducherry , Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Visakhapatnam, Chandigarh, Manali, Kolkata, Bihar or Rajasthan -there is a good chance that you have come across stencil art of boys and girls looking at you from nondescript walls, spreading cheer from an unlikely street corner. Despite having spread his artwork across the country , and the world, Tona chooses to remain anonymous. He speaks to BT from Hamburg about his experience in India and the inspiration behind his art... How did you start off as a street artist?
I am based in Hamburg and began doing graffiti in 1999.In 2002, I started doing stencils, and linocut and silkscreen printing in 2008.
Could you explain what your artworks depict?
Right now, I'm doing a series of works that are centered on kids who I photographed on the streets. I am transforming those photos into stencils and painting them on the streets.