Who is Paul Hitter?
Paul Hitter is a Romanian painter, who developed his own new art style, named Balkan Expressionism. Paul Hitter is working in his free time as a Barkeeper, and throws gipsy parties in the early morning hours. Paul Hitter is afraid that he doesn’t have enough time to paint all the pictures he has in his mind. Paul Hitter is a gold digger, and by digging he found a hidden treasure. He found out that he just has to paint about things he knows from back home in Romania, and generally in the Balkans, but also stuff of his immigrant life. Paul Hitter lives in Germany, in exile. Paul Hitter experienced a lot of stuff, from street life in a poor neighborhood in Bucharest, art schools, stadium Hooligan, communism, revolution, neo-communism (eastern block democracy), life on the road and life abroad, immigrant jobs like washing stairs for example…Paul Hitter loves to read, from literature to history, from Bible to Coran, from philosophy to cheap written books you read while taking your shit on the toilet. Paul Hitter loves music, and he grew up in the spirit of his father, who taught him a lot of blues, r&b, rock and roll from the 60&70′s..Paul Hitter is actually The One and Only Paul Hitter.
Why do people like Gerhard Richter?
Wow…strange question man! Well, i really dunno why people like Gerhard Richter. I mean there has to be some quality in there, but i really think that the public in the end has no real choice. You know , there are some people in the art market who are deciding who goes upfront, and who is staying in the back. So i guess these guys decided that Richter has to go in front. Another reason may be, the diversity of his works. From photo realism to abstract…he is hitting a lot of targets and styles there. Personally i don’t really like his work. I don’t really like photo realism, and also i am not very found of abstract works. It is just not my area. I need stories behind a painting, i need subjects…
I also had the occasion to have a teacher at the art university in Munich, which was and ex student of Richter. I must say that i was pretty disappointed. These people are working with a projector. Actually more than half of my class was working like this. They were taking photos of various objects or persons, then they were projecting the photos on a canvas, copying the drawing, and then for days and days and weeks and months, just sitting quietly on a chair and painting realistic, brush after brush, after brush…. dunno looked for me as a whole place filled with monkeys. There was sort of no brain involved…no explosion, no joy…fuck it, i am not really the ZEN type of guy. I mean what can you say in front of such a painting? Only that it is well done… copied… maybe it’s a german thing…i mean it fits them somehow, knowing already that they are very correct as a nation, correct and living in order. I prefer the old style mad guys like Ensor for example. This photo realism looks to me very fabricated, very cold, it frightens me, there is a lack of life and humanity inside. So it makes my eyes sad. But fuck it man, who cares what i have to say about Richter in the end? :))
Humans. I guess this is the first thing that one should learn about the Gipsies. That they are Human. So next time you see one, try a little exercise. Before the word Gipsy comes on your tongue , try to think of him as a person, a human being.
Gipsies are very special people. They are very similar to artists, and most of them are artists. Artists of survival in harsh conditions, and very good artists when they play their music. I mean they are artists even when they pickpocket you. It takes a lot of practice you know?
Gipsies are usually very poor. It is a situation that has to do also with their way of not adapting to our society. And to be honest, i wonder if they should really adapt!? They are a sort of quiet protesters. Why should one adapt to this world we are living into? Why would any normal human being want to go to work, break his ass, so that the state takes half of what you earn through taxes, so that a couple of ass-holes up there throw some cocaine parties on a yacht with multiple luxury bimbos? Gipsies where slaves until the middle of the 19th century in Romania.
Gipsies are a very big inspiration for me. They are very interesting for me, their whole story is very interesting to me, the way they kept their life on the road and traditions is very special.
Of course, some of the Gipsies are criminals. But, why should i care if a criminal is Gipsy or not Gipsy. The law has no skin color. On the other hand, what would you do if you were born a gipsy in a poor favela, and even if you would want to work, nobody would hire you because you are…Gipsy! Would you do better then them? Would i do better then them?
If you get to know them and get to be friends with them, gain their trust, gipsies are wonderful persons. Very pure in a savage way, they are coming from the past. I mean, i can see more or less how people are today, and even more how will they be in the near future… and it looks pretty scary…so it is very nice to have people like the gipsies, just being totally different.
There is another thing i like about the Gipsies. Probably it has to do with them not having a country. So by not having a country, gipsies newer started a war.
When I’m drunk..
When i am drunk…depends. But when i am drunk there is always music. No matter if i am happy drunk or worried drunk…there is always music. When i am drunk i never paint. I take my work seriously, so i would never paint when i am drunk. Also i take my drunkenness seriously so i would never paint when i drink. Alcohol is a powerful thing, and i have respect for it. It can ease your life or it can turn your life into a nightmare.
When i am drunk i like to wonder around town and get even more drunk. I like to hear live gipsy music, dance, laugh and cry, make new friends… When i am drunk i love to have immigrant friends around me, talk about interesting things, share life stories, cultures are clashing, music is getting louder and louder, neighbors knocking at the door at 4 o clock in the morning, and usually getting very very surprised when you open the door and they see inside a guy or two playing live music for you…
The problem is that when i am drunk, i tend to be more honest. And when you get to be really honest to somebody, usually it ends in tears of rage. It’s kind of harsh to look at a guy, and tell him, hey buzz off fucker , you’re a stupid idiot!
Politics…hmm..i guess politics is a human of every human being actually. Maybe this has a lot to do with my background. We cannot trust politicians in Romania. I mean fuck it man…they wanted to overthrow our dictator. So they did. It was all orchestrated. You know, 20 years after the shit happened, and innocent people died on the streets, you hear that actually CIA and KGB worked together and made this happen. And of course couple of thousand dead bodies behind…yeah fuck it, who cares, one more or one less…we are anyway 6 billions right?
Politics is not dirty, politics, i mean the way it is done nowadays…it’s a crime man. Media being bought, news are censored and things are shown in a different way that they really are…it’s all sick. Politics looks always good on paper…only on paper. Politics is like this: 2 or 3 years ago Gaddafi was friends with Tony Blair, and with Berlusconi, doing business together, and everybody in the west ignored the fact that he was ruining his own people. Well suddenly, they decided that Gaddafi has to disappear… And that was it. What politics?? At the conference after the second world war, they divided the world. Russia gets this, Western world gets this…Romania was left to the communists. So, what opinion should i have on politics?
Look at Former Yugoslavia! Now everybody knows that the whole war was orchestrated! People died, they killed each-other like flies…and what happened? Milosevic the former Serbian president die in Hague, just a couple of days after calling Bill Clinton as a witness in the trial. Ha ha! Very fucking funny!