International artist Martin Koester was born in Hanover, Germany in 1988. Shortly after graduating from Leibniz University of Hanover in 2013, Koester began exhibiting throughout Germany.
Koester specializes in painting cityscapes; using expressive brushstrokes and a colorful palette, he manages to capture the intricacy of architectural details and the dynamic energy of urban life when it shines best—at night. Although he began with cityscapes inspired by places in Germany, his success has allowed him to travel and paint around the world, including other European cities, Asia, and the United States.
While the architectural styles may change from location to location, the artist always gravitates to how cities transform after dark. “I've always been fascinated by light in paintings, when rays of light break out of dark corners and bring cities to life, I feel beauty. I like the idea that every source of light in the city tells its own story. When I walk through a new city, I always walk slowly and discover these stories.”
Since 2018, Koester has gained an International following with successful exhibitions in in London, New York, Kuala Lumpur, Spain, Luxemburg and Denmark.