Anton Unai is a Berlin-based artist who has specialized in making abandoned refuse into artistic treasures. His oeuvre is a dynamic mixture of materials, methods, concepts, and subjects that defies easy definition. Anton Unai personifies the creative philosophy represented by Joseph Beuys’ legacy: a profound belief in the sanctity of spontaneity, the poetry of chaos, and the rejection of traditional academia. A self-taught artist, Unai’s installations are often the result of a week-long process or action, improvised and created on-site using mostly found objects, or “golden garbage,” salvaged from the streets of Berlin.
Using materials that reflect the urban landscape, ordinary detritus like rusty sheet metal or yesterday’s newspaper, Unai’s work resurrects and reinvents the discarded relics of the modern masses. His art is at once rough and delicate, exposing sentimental and vulnerable humanity through violent gestures, provocative irony and messy compositions.
“If you love something – set it free, if it loves you – it will come back to you, if it doesn’t – hunt it down and kill it.” – Anton Unai