Robert Jahns is a master of illusion. When he isn’t traveling the globe photographing exotic landscapes, he’s behind his computer, carefully crafting dreamlike vistas that couldn’t possibly exist in the real world. The Hamburg-based digital artist, better known as Nois7, is a bonafide Instagram star whose creations of dazzling cityscapes and fanciful panoramas have amassed him more than one million loyal fans. Working within a blend of realist aesthetics and surrealist sensibilities, Jahns compositions form awe-inspiring scenes, like a reindeer with trees for antlers, or an elephant weightlessly hoisted over New York City by helium balloons. We spoke with Jahn about his artistic practice, his inspiration and the future of Nois7.
How long have you been practicing digital art and what inspired you to initially start creating your compositions?
Your work seems to live in a sort of surrealist alternate universe, why do you think you’re drawn to this aesthetic realm?
A motif that is recurrent in your compositions is that of contradiction and impossibility, why do you think this is?