Cuddle Art by
Exhibition at Factor IJ Amsterdam
Nov. 16th - Dec. 10th. Art event on Saturday November 19th from 3pm.
Find your inner child!
I am Martin Schüler. King of stuffed animals. My entire life changed when I met my plush cat Gondula in 2018. She commissioned me to use art to encourage the world with cuddle toys. I love to paint these beings. In addition to exhibitions in Germany and abroad, I provoke through art actions and publish books with my works. Since the corona crisis, Gondula has traveled the world to gather impressions from other countries. I live in Cottbus near Berlin.
Fascination for cuddly toys
I spent a large part of my youth in a children's home and at a special school because I suffer from Asperger's syndrome. Back then, I held on to the stuffed animals that were given to me, even if they were just fabric and depictions of real animals. They gave me a feeling of warmth and security. Even though I'm an adult today, I know what value these beings have for people who are looking for a shoulder to lean on. I express that with my art.
Who is Martin Schüler?
My works are colourful, ironic and the opposite of a reality that can be cold. As a child I hated art classes because I was always told what art should look like. So, without any previous knowledge, I began to work out supposed mistakes and formed my style. I suffer from Asperger's Syndrome, which gives me a unique perspective on this world. I don't pay attention to size relations, I create artificial spaces. So far I've expressed this in the series types Cuddle=Therapy, Aura, I Am .... I have been working on the new series Chaos on Newsprint since 2022.
I Am In Therapy (2019) from series I Am ...
Wall-E (2022) from series Chaos
Comfort Teddy Lutz (2020) from series Cuddle=Therapy
Gondula (2018) from series Cuddle=Therapy
Corona Crisis Of Feelings (2021) from series I Am ...
Roffel (2019) from series Aura
This Is Miami (2021) from series I Am ...
History (2022) from series Chaos
I Can´t Live Without My Ghettoblaster (2020) from series I Am ...
Wonder Awareness (2019) from series Aura
Protagonist (2018) from series Cuddle=Therapy