Herakut is a contemporary German street artist duo who began painting in 2004. Both members of Herakut live and work in Schmalkalden, Germany.”Hera“, is a painter and “Akut“, a graffiti artist, who together combine traditional techniques and spray painting to depict mythological creatures and darkly comedic scenes.
- Jasmin Siddiqui (Hera) was born in Frankfurt in 1981 and is of German-Pakistani origin. She studied Visual Communication/Graphic Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden and began her graffiti art in 2000.
- Siddiqui’s partner Falk Lehmann, (Akut) was born in Schmalkalden, Germany in 1977. He studied Visual Communication/Graphic Design at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and started out with graffiti in 1991.
Herakut’s first collaboration was in 2004 at the Urban Art Festival in Sevilla, Spain. The duo produce massive murals and smaller works on canvas and paper, and their art can be found all over the world, from Kathmandu to Melbourne.
Herakut’s paintings are sensuous, savage, and always remarkable for their powerful dualism. Akut’s photorealistic details play out against Hera’s expressive, more gestural, line-work in canvases that seem poised to articulate stories of triumph and hardship. Humour and text interweave their way into the work effortlessly.
- Discover more about Herakut at their website.
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