Berlin based brothers Christoph and Florin Schmidt – formerly active as graffiti writers Qbrk and Nerd – formed Low Bros in 2011. Their mural, canvas, multimedia projects, as well as their installations, often center around stylized animal characters with human features, and address graffiti, hip hop, skateboarding and other elements which influenced and shaped their youth in the 1980s and 1990s. They also address current topics in their work, which hint to future developments. The protagonists of their work embody codes and attitudes of city life, which are in contrast to the natural purity of the animal and nature motifs, also integral to their work. This tension drawn from the ambivalence between urbanity and nature gives rise to a whole Low Bros universe. It is the synergy of geometric and flowing organic shapes, cubic effects, expressive color grids and multifaceted patterns that bring their work to life.
Great attention is also given to technical precision and detail. The accentuated play of light and shadow intensifies the contrast and unites the seemingly un-unitable, such as street life and subtle natural mystique, in a rather light-hearted way, thanks to many humorous details, which become apparent upon closer examination. Ambivalence with a wink – this is how the world of the Low Bros could be described; a world where painted scenes are transformed into surreal places of wonder.
Low Bros’ numerous thematic series featuring their stylized animal characters have been featured in group shows and solo exhibitions around the world. Influences range from design and illustration to the cool and abstract video game esthetics from the 80s and 90s, and the psychedelic shapes and colors of ancient cultures.