Oliver Wetter is the name behind the label Ars Fantasio.
Unlike other artists or galleries he represents himself and has no interest in exhibiting or positioning himself the traditional way. You can find his work mostly online or on conventions / trade-shows in Germany.
I have a background in traditional painting and a degree in airbrush-design.
The illustration and freelance business brought me to digital painting and concept-art technique.
Today I embrace digital technology to reproduce my own work on canvas and in the best way possible by printing in Large Format to satisfy collectors and viewers alike.
At the core of my work there is the love for old master painters from 1860 to 1920. Regularly I try to learn from these masters in my artworks labeled as "Handpainted-inceptionism". These works are painted over by me and resemble pop-culture characters or creatures . The result is a honoring tribute to both the old masters and modern Pop-culture. This way my work brings relevant works of classic art in the modern living rooms and is an important part in the history of our society and culture. My work creates a missing link for museums and galleries.
My expertise ranges from traditional drawing to digital painting and sculpting.
I have participated in exhibitions, single -and group, in galleries, from Europe to the U.S.
At my very core I have decided against that model of distribution, mainly to make my work available to the public in different, more modern ways.
I don't want an elite group to enjoy my work, if possible I prefer a democratic approach that allows every kind of people from all walks of life to be able to enjoy my work and not just some chosen few.
There are a lot publications. From paid gigs for about 400+ publications on book covers that I did for the past 9 years to annual book competitions.
Here is an excerpt:
Work and tutorial featured in Digital Paintbook Vol. 3
2 Artworks featured in Infected by Art Book #5
1 Artworks featured in Infected by Art Book #4
2 Artworks featured in Infected by Art Book #3
1 Artwork featured in Lürzer´s 200 best digital artists worldwide 2015/16
8 Artworks featured in Infected by Art Book #2
Work and tutorial featured in Digital Paintbook Vol. 2
3 Artworks featured in Infected by Art Book #1
Published in Advanced Photoshop Magazine #111
Published in Advanced Photoshop Magazine #100
Published on the cover of the Professional Photoshop Book
Published on the cover of Advanced Photoshop Premium Coll. #8
Featured in Prime Art Book and Prime Wars, by 3D Total
Interview and feature in “der bildbearbeiter” German Advanced Photoshop Magazine
Work and tutorial featured in Digital Paintbook Vol. 1
5 works featured in Machines and Magic edited by Craig Musselman
Featured work in Exposé 2, 3, 4, 8 + 9 by Ballistic publishing
Erotic Fantasy Art – vol.2 by Ilex Press
Featured artist in ImagineFX issue 65
2 artworks in “Gothic Art now” edited by Jasmine Becket Griffith foreword by Gerald Brom