Hera (Jasmin Siddiqui, born in Frankfurt, West Germany, in 1981) and Akut (Falk Lehmann, born in Schmalkalden, East Germany, in 1977) merged their artist names and styles shortly after meeting at an Urban Art festival in Seville, Spain, in 2004. Prior to that, they each had different, distinctive artistic techniques reflecting their opposite personalities.
Hera chose to use few colours and focus on line work, composition, and lettering. Akut specialized in photorealism and, along with his crew MaClaim, travelled the world to various graffiti jams. Combining their two technical specialties, they committed themselves to a Street Art that serves as “bridge-building”, connecting art and social work. Their main interest is to beautify neglected communities, involve children in workshops, and donate their time and talent to humanitarian projects, such as working inside refugee camps in the Middle East and in Germany. To finance their charity work, HERAKUT exhibits canvases and drawings in three to four solo shows a year.
Their latest exhibitions were in Los Angeles and Chicago, and their next show will be in Paris in November 2016. HERAKUT’s two books, HERAKUT: The Perfect Merge (2008) and After the Laughter(2011) are available online. The third HERAKUT publication is still in the making.