"Artist? For heaven's sake. You have to ask other people about that. I try to avoid any appearance of seriousness therefore creating as much variety as possible.” Paul Santosi is not easy to pigeonhole. The guy is interested in too many things.
Born 1962 in Germany with family roots in the Balkans. Schooltime was followed by several jobs from kitchen aid to assembly hand. One day he managed to get a BA diploma in business. After a couple of years as a consultant in a PR agency he became Press Spokesman for a global machine manufacturer, followed by twenty years as a freelancing consultant and journalist.
Playing the electric bass for local bands and the renowned Aachen-based cover formation "Invisible Touch", the former Peter Sonntag student regularly lets off steam on stages across Europe. "Without music, life would be a mistake, as old Nietzsche rightly said."
And the painting thing? “In 1996 a dubious US citizen on the Greek island of Santorini slipped me a couple of crayons. I should try that, he said.” 25 years later, Santosi's oeuvre comprises dozens of mid-format paintings, most of them in pastel chalk and acrylic. His pictures may not be examples for fine craftmanship he admits: “There might be millions of artists out there with higher precision and better technique. But I don´t care. I am more interested in telling stories.”
Santosi comes from a humble background. “I like 'Appropriation Art' and use scenes and characters that you already know from other contexts. But these are neither copies nor fakes, just homages to other artists who have influenced me, such as Carl Barks, Chuck Jones, Matt Groening, Don Martin or Bernd Pfarr. If you're looking for a deeper meaning - there you go! Painting is a personal, meditative journey inwards. And that`s it. You like my paintings? Good. You don´t like em ? Good.”