Chris Drange (*1983, Germany) studied at the International Center of Photography in New York and at the Art Students League of New York. Drange received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 2015 and a master's degree in painting in 2019 at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg to pursue, and later obtained his from the same university.
Drange is best known for his use of digital found objects in post-digital paintings of contemporary influencers and social media symbolism. He depicts online images and transforms them into classical oil paintings, often on large canvases. As a statement on authorship and originality, Drange doesn't paint any of his artwork. Instead, he creates sketches from various digital found objects and sends them to an oil painting factory in China, where they are painted by hand on large-scale canvases. The amalgamation of selfies, emojis, and other depictions of social media symbols is central to his art.
Drange's work has appeared in several exhibitions and magazines, such as Kunstforum, Numéro, Weserburg, Benaki Museum, MDBK Leipzig (LINK IN BIO) and KÖNIG GALERIE (THE ARTIST IS ONLINE).