Painting, to him, is calculated spontaneity, says Arno Hinz, a former Art and Creative Director at large German advertising agencies, who has been living together with his wife Monika on their own vineyard near Torrox since the end of the 1990s. There, in a large garage converted into his studio, he creates above all one thing: art.

Born in Königsberg, Hinz studied painting, photography and graphic design at the State Academy of Art in Bremen, before gaining a foothold in the advertising industry and later as a freelance photographer and illustrator for print media such as Stern and Playboy – creating illustrations for brands such as Melitta, Milka and Maoam. In parallel, however – and this is where the true artist’s heart beats ­ he continued to create his own projects, his own works of art, with a particular focus on structures.

These are structures he has also recently begun to approach digitally, enhancing his painted creations in pixels, so to speak, intermingling these to create what we would like to present to you in this issue of our illustrious magazine: powerfully colourful eyecatchers.

Reduced image content is intended to throw light on a wide variety of facets of human existence, a subtle, at times ambiguous poetry with concealed irony: it is no coincidence that Hinz’s works have titles such as “Nonversation” or “Silly Con Carne” – an ad man remains an ad man, even if he paints and illustrates.

And this painting and illustrating has already taken Arno Hinz around the globe. He worked for many years, for example, in Saudi Arabia for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – and designed, among other things, concepts for publications about the Thumama National Park and the diplomatic quarter of the country.

Today, however, he enjoys life on the Costa del Sol – where the landscape continues after all these years to fascinate him and inspire him to create new works of art. Hinz also likes to get out and about with his camera, for example, to capture what is all around him (and us) in the name of art. This is sometimes experimental with multiple and long exposures, sometimes with a clear focus on what fascinates Arno Hinz most about art: the structures of life