„etcetera23“ [eng. /ɛtˈsɛtərə/;23] was born in 1980 in Leipzig (Germany) as Andre Radke. He is known for his fine watercolor art, his acrylic fusion art works and his numerous photo projects.
His pseudonym is derived from his first cartoon character, “ETC” (Electro Techno Coleoptera), a metallic bug. When he first discovered graffiti, he took ETC as his artist name. Later in his career, he extended this name to the spoken “etcetera” and added the number 23. The number 23 has no real meaning, but it’s a number which surrounded him a lot at this time, and so the addition seemed somehow appropriate.
In the early 2000s he released some of his first photography projects under the title “USW Design” on unspokenwords.de (“usw” is the equivalent to “etc.” in German).
His first experiences with art started in the mid 90s, when he discovered graffiti and the scene surrounding it in Leipzig. Being a graffiti artist soon proved to be a risky lifestyle dominated by illegal activity, with the threat of police involvement he put away the can in the late 90s. At this time he instead began to explore the then emerging mediums of digital photography and photoshop.
In 2004, he left Germany and started travelling around the world, becoming increasingly influenced by many new art forms and artists.
He returned to the art world in 2005 in England, where he started work on his acclaimed “unspokenwords” newspaper collage.
In his Zurich (Switzerland) Studio in 2009, he discovered acrylic paints and began painting pieces for his important series “4 steps” and the “ying yang chaos theory”. He later added to these series while painting in his Sydney studio (Australia).
In 2012, he returned to Leipzig, where he built a studio with his sister. Here, he created his “Coalesce" series and other works in the same Acrylic Paint - Aerosol Fusion style. This style became characteristic of his art during this period, and is a style which he continues to revisit and explore.
In the 90s, his biggest influences came from the graffiti movement. Graffiti changed his whole perspective on art, his lifestyle and even his handwriting. While elements of graffiti continue come through in his art, subscequent years of travel, meeting local artists, visiting galleries and trying new techniques, have all helped shape his style into what it is today. His work reflects ideas, problems, solutions and feelings that surround him. He is always interested in trying new mediums, for instance while working in Vancouver (Canada) and Wellington (New Zealand) he explored painting with watercolours, producing several series over this period.
At the moment he works on a few side projects, like bookmarks and gift cards.
His main photographic interests are urban exploration, travel, night and macro photography.
Exhibitions & Artshows:
2008 Privatclub - Henley on Thames (UK)
2009 Touring exhibition „Freiheit“ (eng. „Freedom“)
2009 Westplatz - Zürich (Switzerland)
2010 Prince Albert Park - Sydney (AUS)
2011 Townhall - Wellington (NZ)
2012 Volkshochschule „Augenblicke“ (At the community college in Leipzig)
2012 - today - Leipziger Volkszeitung „Kantine“ (GER)
2013 Memory Garden - Halifax (CAN)
2014 The House - Vancouver (CAN)
2015 Yucuatan (MEX)
2016 Meridian Spa - Hamburg (GER)