I was born in 1970 near Cologne.
I studied at the school for Graphic and Design in Münster, where I graduated with the silk screen album "Abenteuer eines Weichenstellers" by the author H.C.Artmann. While I was studying, I worked on the two books "Lovecraft" and "Dorian".
Now I live in Prenzlauer Berg/Berlin and work in the same studio as the comic artists Fil, Naomi Fearn and Mawil on Kastanienallee in Prenzlauer Berg.
I work as an illustrator for books, Cds, advertisement, magazines and animation.
In 2006 the book "Cash - I see a darkness" came out and has since then been translated into fourteen languages.
I spend one month in Cuba in 2008 and worked on sketches for a travel book, which was published in the same year and has yet been translated into greek, chinese and korean. I also used this trip to do some research for a book about Fidel Castro, which appeared in Germany in 2010 and has also been translated into many languages.
In 2012 my book "The Boxer" about a jewish boxer appeared in Germany.
"Berlinoir", a series about vampyres in Berlin, was republished in 2014 in a all-in-one edition by my publishing house Carlsen.
I am doing a lot of workshops in countries like Mexico, Brasil, Jordan, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Canada with the Goethe Institute. In 2013 I had the chance to work with ARTE in a refugee camp in Northern Iraq. The results can be seen here: ARTE Refugees
My new book about the somali runner Samia Yusuf Omar was published by Carlsen under the title "Der Traum von Olympia" this year.
In September 2017 my book "Mercy on me" about the life of singer Nick Cave was released and comes along with an album sized Artbook. More infos about the book here:
1996 "Lovecraft" won the "Max und Moritz" award of the Comicsalon Erlangen for the best german album.
2003 ICOM Award for "Scherbenmund", best Artwork.
2007 "Peng!" award for the best german comic book, festival Munich, and "Sondermann" the award of the book fair in Frankfurt for "Cash".
"Max und Moritz" award as the best german publication 2008 for "Cash".
ICOM Award 2008 for "The secrets of Coney Island", best Artwork.
"Les prix des ados" 2009 at the festival for music and literature for the french version of the Cash book, "Cash - Une vie".
B.Z. Cultural award 2013 for outstanding cultural achievement
2013 "Peng!" award fo the best german comic book for "Der Boxer".
Grand Prix 2013 of the festival in Lyon for "Le Boxeur"
2013 German award for children and youth books for "Der Boxer".
2016 Jahresluchs award for "An olympic dream"
2016 Catholic children books award for "An olympic dream"
2016 Gustav Heinemann peace award for childrens books for "An olympic dream"
2018 Max und Moritz as best German comic book artist
2018 Rudolf Diercks Award for "Nick Cave - Mercy on me" as best comic biography
2010 Eisner Award for "Cash"
2010 Harvey Award for "Cash"
2010 The readers price of the inmates of Montpellier prison for "Cash"
2009 "Sondermann" the award of the book fair in Frankfurt for "Havanna"
2011 "Peng!" award for the best german comic book, festival Munich "Castro".
2012 "Max&Moritz" award for the best german comic book, comic salon Erlangen "Castro".
2012 Great prize of the comicfestival Algier "Castro".
2014 Ignatz award for "The Boxer"
2016 German children books award for "An olympic dream"
2017 Prix Charles-Henri Salin for "An olympic dream"
Foto von Wolf-Dieter Tabbert, www.sw-menschenbilder.de