Super Future Kid

Immersive fantasy with an open invitation.

Super Future Kid, real name Steffi Homa, was born in East Berlin in 1981, 9 years before Germany’s reunification. She now lives and works in London.

Accolades

Super Future Kid’s show Two for Me, None for You in 2020 at Mindy Solomon Gallery was named “one of this year’s most immersive outings” by ARTNET.

Did you know?

According to the artist, the name Super Future Kid relates to her identity as a “professional child”. She stated “Even when I’m 120 years old one day, I’ll still be Super Future Kid!”.

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Practice overview

Super Future Kid makes technicolour cartoonish painting, sculpture and installation. On canvas, ultra-smooth textures recall a digital rendering, but in fact are created by hand with spray paint and acrylic. The people in the paintings go about ordinary pastimes. The Notorious D.O.G. (2019) for example shows a man walking a dog, while Goldilocks (2018) depicts a muscly pink woman in a neon green bikini lifting a barbell - prodding archetypes of femininity. 3D works turn a mixture of concrete and papier-mâché into emoji-like faces, nodding to the impact the internet has had on the artist - “I think none of what I make would exist if it weren't for digital culture.”

Born in East Germany during communism, Super Future Kid attests her candy-coated aesthetic to encountering Western consumerism for the first time after the Berlin Wall fell. This nostalgia for childhood and adolescence in the 1980s and 90s manifests in pop-culture references pulled from video games, music, the early internet and children’s toys. In addition, the contrast between East and West carries through to the juxtapositions in her practice at large: “I'm trying to balance forces that simultaneously collide and repel one another. Like something that is equally savage and silent, roaring and soft, gentle and rugged.”

“Thinking back, it's kind of crazy how much those brutally raw pixel graphics of early games captured my imagination.” Super Future Kid