Photo by Holger Edmaier
Kai D. Janik was born in Ulm (Germany) in 1990.
He is a visual artist, illustrator and art therapist.
After living in Dortmund (Germany) and Cardiff (Wales) he is now working in the area of Stuttgart (Germany). During his childhood he developed a great interest for portrait painting and drawing. He experimented with several techniques, which are now forming the foundation for his illustrations. Looking for new approaches and challenges in his own art practise as well as ways to support people with the means of art, he proceeded to study Art Therapy and Creative and Therapeutic Arts. This heavily influenced his work. Through experiments with three dimensional work and room installations, he discovered video and performance for himself. In his portrait series he is playing with a more experimental approach. For Kai, creating art is at first a process of craving knowledge and researching. This involves the unfiltered collecting of information and emotions, which are then further compressed and intensified, based on the belief that the core that remains of a topic will provide a link for the self reflection of the viewers. His work usually begins in an autobiographical perspective, which then becomes a more universal experience in the finished work. Questions about identity and the visualisation of his experiences as a trans person are core aspects of his work.
2020 - "WE ARE PART OF CULTURE", Travelling Exhibition
Contribution of three paintings
2020 - "Master [ ] Pieces", Online Exhibition
2019 - "Entkernt", Graduate Exhibition
2019 - "InsideOut", Group Exhibition
Kulturverein Provisorium, Nürtingen
2018 - "Celebrating NHS@70"
HeARTh Gallery University Hospital Llandough
2018 - "Trace", Graduate Exhibition
University of South Wales
2018 painted two murals
University Hospital Llandough
2016 – “Identität” (Identity), Group Exhibition