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Jim Avignon, Painter and Musician

Talking Germany's host Peter Craven talks with Jim Avignon about art, activism, and fatherhood.

Jim Avignon paints his works in acrylic on paper or cardboard, and most of his works are priced under a hundred euros. His style is witty, eye-catching, and often contains more than a hint of social commentary. Berlin was the springboard of his career, and one of his early works has been immortalized on the remnant of the Berlin Wall that’s now the East Side Gallery. In 1997, Berlin was also the birthplace of Neoangin – Avignon’s musical alter ego. With his slogan "art for everyone," he’s taken a stance against the artificially inflated price structure of the international art market. From watches, to buildings, to sweatshirts – for Avignon, a canvas can be anything. He prefers to exhibit where he feels understood and appreciated – mainly in small galleries, ideally accompanied by a great party. After six years in New York, Jim Avignon lives with his partner and daughter in Berlin.

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