Edgar Müller was born in Mülheim/Ruhr on 10 July 1968. He grew
up in the rural city of Straelen on the western edge of Germany. His fascination
with painting began in his childhood, with paintings of rural scenes of
Edgar went to the high school in the neighboring town of Geldern, where
an international competition of street painters took place. Inspired by
the transitory works of art which met him on his way to school, Edgar
Müller decided to enter the competition. He took part for the first
time at the age of 16, going on to win the competition, aged 19, with
a copy of the famous "Jesus at Emmaus " (Caravaggio). In the
years that followed, he entered many other international competitions.
Since 1998 Edgar Müller has held the title of 'maestro madonnari'
(master street painter), born by only a few artists worldwide. The title
is awarded at the worlds largest street painting festival, called The
Grazie Festival, which is held in the small pilgrim town of Grazie in
Italy. Around the age of 25, Müller decided to devote himself completely
to street painting. He travelled all over Europe, making a living with
his transitory art. He gave workshops at schools and was a co-organizer
and committee member for various street painting festivals. Müller
set up the first (and so far only) Internet board for street painters
in Germany - a forum designed to promote solidarity between German and
International street painters.
For many years Edgar Müller presented people the great works of old
masters, drawing his perfect copies at the observers feet. Müller
invited his audience to share his fascination with the old masters art,
helping them to gain an in depth understanding of the old masters view
of the world.
Despite attending courses with well-known artists and extensive studies
in the field of communication design, Edgar is actually an autodidact.
He is always looking for new forms through which to express himself. Inspired
by three-dimensional illusion paintings (particularly by the works of
Kurt Wenner and Julian Beever) he is now pursuing this new art form and
creating his own style.
Because of his grounding in traditional painting and modern communication,
Müller uses a more simple and graphic language for his art. He paints
over large areas of urban public life and gives them a new appearance,
thereby challenging the perceptions of passers-by. The observer becomes
a part of the new scenery offered. While going about their daily life,
people change the painting's statement just by passing through the scene.