Sebastian Kruger was born in Hamlin, Germany in 1963. He studied painting and
graphic arts and quickly moved on to make his living as an illustrator and painter.
Kruger’s works are appreciated and collected by many Hollywood notables, and his
painterly twists on Bogart, Schwarzenegger John Wayne, The Rolling Stones, are
classics of their kind.
Perhaps never before has an artist displayed such an acute ability to capture the
essence of those who occupy the public eye.
Perhaps Kruger's most remarkable talent is his ability to bring diverse painting
techniques and styles to a given subject. Kruger's works range from pencil
drawings, to near abstract paintings and then to the near photo realistic, and he has
mastered each difficult variant with remarkable skill. Though the foundation of most
caricature may rest in the exaggeration of the certain of the subjects features,
Kruger often ignores the obvious, and focuses on more subtle aspects, still
conveying the essence of his subject in a most profound and amusing fashion.
Despite such exaggerations and maniacal morphs, Kruger approaches nearly all of
his subjects with a level of respect and sincerity. His goal is to reach inside of them
and pull out the very essentials of their character. This requires a certain empathy on
the part of the artist, as well as the requisite artistic skills. Sebastian Kruger has had
three popular art books published of his works and has a yearly art calendar from
Morpheus. Kruger's art can be seen frequently in Playboy magazine and has also
been featured in the likes of Stern, L’Espresso, Penthouse, and Der Spiegel and USA
Today. He has recently been working on select motion picture projects.
“Kruger has a genius for capturing the essence of his subjects through caricature.”
—The London Times
"Mick with Wasp"
"40 x 40" (Rolling Stones)
"10 x 10"
"John Lee Hooker"
"Laurel and Hardy"