The New York Optimist
July 2008, Vol. 01: Issue 01
40 by 40 Ronnie
40 by 40 Mick
40 by 40 Keith
40 by 40 Charlie
Sebastian Kruger

was born in Hamlin, Germany in 1963. He studied painting and graphic arts and
quickly moved on to making his living as a caricaturist, illustrator, and painter.

Kruger's works are appreciated and collected by many Hollywood notables and his
painterly twists on Bogart, Schwarzenegger, John Wayne and The Rolling Stones are
classics of their kind.

Perhaps never before has an artist displayed such an acute ability to capture the essence
of those who occupy the public eye. Kruger's most remarkable talent is his ability to
bring diverse painting techniques and styles to a given subject. His works range from
pencil drawings, to near abstract paintings, to the almost photo realistic and he has
mastered each difficult variant with remarkable aplomb. Though the foundation of most
caricature may rest in the exaggeration of certain features, Kruger often ignores the
obvious and focuses on more subtle aspects, still conveying the essence of his subject
in a most profound and amusing fashion. Despite such exaggerations and maniacal
morphs, Kruger approaches nearly all of his subjects with a level of respect and
sincerity. His goal is to reach inside of them and pull out the essentials of their
character. This requires a certain empathy on the part of the artist, as well as the
requisite artistic skill.

Sebastian Kruger has had three popular art books published of his works and has a
yearly art calendar from Morpheus. Kruger's art can be seen frequently in Playboy
magazine and has also been featured in the likes of Stern, L'Espresso, Penthouse, and
Der Spiegel and USA Today.
He has recently been working on select motion picture

"Kruger has a genius for capturing the essence of his subjects through caricature." -The
London Times
Fidel Castro
Laurel & Hardy
Dear Kruger fans

In the recent Scorsese film, Shine the Light, both Ronnie Wood and
Keith Richards are individually asked "which of you is the better
guitarist?" To which Keith gave an answer that may best explain the
point Sebastian Kruger makes when articulating his latest release, The
Guitarists. Keith (snickering after being told that Ronnie said 'of
course I am', followed by a cheeky schoolboy grin) replied "Well the
truth  Performing Ronnie is, neither of us are very good... But
together we are ten times better then any other guitarist."
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