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Mirko Reisser (DAIM)

Born 1971 in Lüneburg, Germany.
In 1989 Mirko Reisser sprayed his first works. He already realized his first commissioned pieces in 1990.
1991, right after his graduation from secondary school, he began to work as a freelance artist and called himself DAIM.
The artist started the fine arts program at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland in 1996. In 1999, he co-founded the studio collaboration getting-up in Hamburg.
Mirko Reisser (DAIM) has been represented by ReinkingProjekte and further galleries.



2017 – 2020

  • Realization of a wallpainting for the outdoor gallery project Kunstby from the City of Næstved / Denmark
  • Participation at STAMP – Internationales Festival der Straßenkünste, Hamburg / Germany
  • Realization of a wall painting for Nike WHQ Campus Expansion at the World Headquarter, Portland, OR / USA
  • Participation at SCALE WALL ART 2017, Siemens Campus, Munich, Germany

2014 – 2016

  • Participation at Charity Art Auction Überleben – Foundation for Torture Survivors
  • Realization of the wall painting round trip und Sea&Sun the Cruise Ship Mein Schiff 4 by TUI Cruises
  • Realization of the wall painting Progress at the worldwide first IKEA city-center store in Hamburg-Altona, Germany, together with getting-up
  • Creation of the design concept Rhythmus der Stadt for noise prevention walls with a size of 40.000 m² / 43,744 sq. yard on train-lines in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, Germany, together with getting-up
  • Participation in the 4th Volvo Art Session 2014, Zurich, Switzerland as the new ambassador for Volvo Car Switzerland

2009 – 2013

  • Participation in the artists’ residence programme sommer.frische.kunst – Kunstresidenz, Bad Gastein, Austria
  • Realization of the 700 m² / 837 sq. yard wall painting Transform for the transformer station HafenCity for Vattenfall Germany, together with getting-up
  • Participation Volvo Art Session 2011 and 2013, Zurich / Switzerland
  • Participation at Charity Art Auction Überleben – Foundation for Torture Survivorsthe helping hounds of hellLebensKünstler and 15² – Kunst macht Schule, Germany

2005 – 2008

  • Realization of wall paintings at the Chemical Company Dr. Weigert and Restaurant Abendroth in Hamburg / Germany
  • Winner of the competition of designing the alternative currency Alto, Hamburg / Germany
  • Participation in Charity-Art-Project SOS-Childrensvillages, London / UK, ARTaids for AIDS-Hilfe Hamburg and SOS-Kunststück for SOS-Kinderdörfer, Germany

2003 – 2004

  • Wall painting within the scope of the exhibition Mexique-Europe, Allers-Retours, 1910-1960 at
  • LaM – Lille Métropolis Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
  • Contest participation for conformation the Spielbudenplatz at Hamburger Reeperbahn / Germany, together with getting-up
  • Realisation of a 400 m² / 478 sq. yard wall painting at the pumped-storage hydropower plant, Goldisthal, Germany for Vattenfall Europe.

2000 – 2002

  • Organization and realization the Urban Discipline – Graffiti-Art exhibition series in Hamburg, Germany and publication of the catalogue, together with getting-up
  • Planning and realization of the 2000 m² / 2392 sq. yard banner Das neue Hamburg und seine Partnerstädte (The new Hamburg and its twin cities) at Dock 10, Blohm + Voss at Hamburg harbor, Germany. Official opening by the major of Hamburg, Ortwin Runde
  • Participation in the Graffiti World Tour through Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and the USA
  • Participation in the Mural Global – Worldwide Mural Campaign in the context of the Agenda 21 with a sponsorship of the UNESCO, São Paulo, Brazil (within the scope of the Graffiti World Tour)
Solo exhibitions




  • 30th anniversary, Hangar 107, Rouen / France
  • The Swiss Connection, Kolly Gallery, Zurich / Switzerland
  • Überblick, Hanse-Office, Brussels / Belgium




2010 – 2012

2007 – 2009

  • ID, Kunstverein Buchholz, Buchholz i.d.N. / Germany
  • tapingDAIM, REINKINGPROJEKTE, Hamburg / Germany
Group exhibitions


2018 – 2020

  • Shifted Tags, Kunstverein Villa Streccius, Landau i.d. Pfalz / Germany
  • Art and the City: Graffiti in the Internet Age, Street Art Museum, St. Petersburg / Russia

2016 – 2017

2014 – 2015


2010 – 2012

2007 – 2009

2005 – 2006

  • Modern06, Residenz Munich / Germany
  • Coming soon… eingeworfen durch Rik Reinking,Projektraum Blashofer Berlin / Germany
  • What would I be without you…, City Gallery Prague / Czech Republic
  • sculpture@CityNord, Galerie Peter Borchardt, Hamburg / Germany
  • Minimal Illusions – working with the collection Rik Reinking, Villa Merkel, Esslingen / Germany
  • Schon vergeben – Sammlung Rik Reinking, Art Cologne / Germany
  • getting-up,K31 gallery, Lahr / Germany
  • smell of paint in the air, Westwendischer Kunstverein Gartow / Germany
  • Passion of collecting,Collection Federkiel, Collection Reinking, Alte Baumwollspinnerei Halle 14, Leipzig / Germany
  • smell of paint in the air, Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik, Halle K3, Hamburg / Germany

2000 – 2004

  • Gezeichnet Graffiti, Kunsthalle des Kunstvereins, Darmstadt / Germany
  • still crazy, Worldatelier Gallery at the Klingspor Museum, Offenbach am Main / Germany
  • Young primitives, Groninge Museum, Brugge / Belgium
  • getting-up, FREIRAUM, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg / Germany
  • Graffiti Art Oggi, Art Contemporanea Hirmer, Castello di Meleto, Chianti / Italy
  • Z 2000 – Positionen junger Kunst und Kultur, Akademie der Kuenste Berlin / Germany

1991 – 1999

  • Aufstand der Zeichen, Toskanische Saeulenhalle, Augsburg / Germany
  • A Tribute to Style, Kallmann Museum, Munich / Germany
  • Graffiti auf Leinwänden, Galerie Cosmix I.Q., Hamburg / Germany


  • Sammlung Artfonds21, Frankfurt / Germany
  • Sammlung Gunther Sachs, Germany
  • Sammlung Hoste, Munich / Germany
  • Sammlung Reinking, Hamburg / Germany
  • Sammlung Klingspor-Museum, Offenbach a.M. / Germany
  • Collection MuCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations), Marseille / France
  • Sammlung Altonaer Museum, Hamburg / Germany


  • Oliver Nebel, Frank Petering, Mirko Reisser, Andreas Timm (Hrsg.): EINE STADT WIRD BUNT. Hamburg Graffiti History 1980-1999. (In German/ English). Double-H Publishing, Hamburg, Germany (2021). ISBN 978-3-00-069133-1.
  • Galerie Borchardt (Hrsg.); Wolf Jahn: TAKING OVER: Mirko Reisser (DAIM). (In German). Hamburg, Germany (2021). ISBN 978-3-00-069134-8 (Exhibition catalogue).
  • Hangar 107 (Ed.), Christian Omodeo, Nicolas Couturieux, Jean-Guillaume Panis; Mirko Reisser (DAIM): 30th anniversary | Mirko Reisser (DAIM). (In: French / English). 1st. ed., Rouen, France (2019). ISBN 978-2-9567403-2-2 (Exhibition catalogue).
  • Michael Sutter (Ed.); Mirko Reisser (DAIM): mirko reisser (DAIM) | monolog. (In: German). 1st. ed., Kunsthalle Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland (2018) (Exhibition catalogue).
  • Olivier Fahrni (Ed.), Sonja Fessel: Mirko Reisser (DAIM) @ zone contemporaine. (In German). 1st ed., zone contemporaine, Bern, Switzerland. (2016) (Exhibition catalogue).
  • Mirko Reisser, Johannes Stahl, Belinda Grace Gardner, Arne Rautenberg, Rik Reinking: Mirko Reisser (DAIM): 1989 – 2014. (In English/German) 1st ed., Drago Media Kompany, Rome, Italy (2014). ISBN 978-88-98565-01-6.
  • Mirko Reisser, Lena Mwinkand, Sarah Behrend: DAIM: daring to push the boundaries. (In English/German) 1st ed., getting-up, Hamburg, Germany (2004). ISBN 978-3-00-014155-3.
  • Mirko Reisser, Gerrit Peters, Heiko Zahlmann (Ed.): Urban Discipline 2002: Graffiti-Art. (In English/German). Volume 3, 1st ed., getting-up, Hamburg, Germany (2002). ISBN 978-3-00-009421-7.
  • Mirko Reisser, Gerrit Peters, Heiko Zahlmann (Ed.): Urban Discipline 2001: Graffiti-Art. (In English/German). Volume 2, 1st ed., getting-up, Hamburg, Germany (2001). ISBN 978-3-00-007960-3.
  • Mirko Reisser, Gerrit Peters, Heiko Zahlmann (Ed.): Urban Discipline 2000: Graffiti-Art. (In English/German). Volume 1, 1st ed., getting-up, Hamburg, Germany (2000). ISBN 978-3-00-006154-7.
Further reading


  • Anne Vieth (Aut.): Wände Walls: photodocumentation in conjunction with the exhibition project. Broschur, German / English. Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany (2021), pp. 3f. (exhibition catalogue).
  • Julien Kolly (Ed.): Kolly Gallery 2019. Original Edition. Hardcover, English. Kolly Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland (2020). ISBN 978-3-033-07863-5, pp. 184ff.
  • Heidi Pfeiffenberger: Style Writing: skripturale Ästhetik zwischen Text und Bild. (In: German). Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany  (2018). pp. 31, 89f (Dissertation).
  • Börries von Notz (Ed.); Jenny V. Wirschky: Die Wiederkehr des immergleichen: Mirko Reisser. Der Hamburger Graffiti-Writer hinter dem Pseudenym DAIM. In: Hamburg History Live, Nr: 09, (In: German). Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg, Germany (2018). pp. 78ff. 
  • Christine Schön, Arne Rautenberg: Shifted Tags: Erben des Graffiti. 1st. ed., Paperback, (In: German / Englisch). Kunstverein Villa Streccius in Landau e.V., Landau, Germany (2018). pp. 61ff, 81 (exhibition catalogue).
  • Lokiss (Ed.); Stéphanie Lemoine, Nicolas Gzeley, Julie Vaslin (Aut.): GRAFFITI – 50 ans d’interactions urbaine. Original Edition. Hardcover, French. Hazan, Paris, France (2018), ISBN 978-2-7541-0942-0, pp. 19, 84, 132f., 161, 172, 208f., 264, 283.
  • Belinda Grace Gardner: Transitorisch: Strategien gegen die Vergänglichkeit. Gestaltgebungen des Ephemeren in der Gegenwartskunst von Meret Oppenheim bis Christian Boltanski. (In: German), 1st. ed., Transcript (Urban Studies), Germany (2017). ISBN 978-3-8376-3767-0, pp. 161-171.
  • CROSS THE STREETS: 40 Years of Street Art and Writing. (In English/Italian). 1st ed., DRAGO Arts and Communication, Rom, Italy (2017). ISBN 978-88-98565-22-1. pp. 8f, 14f, 36, 283 (exhibition catalogue).
  • Street Art Banksy & Co.: L’Arte allo stato urbano. (In Italian). 1st ed., Bononia University Press, Bologna, Italy (2016). ISBN 978-88-6923-131-5. p. 52 (exhibition catalogue).
  • Addicted to Walls: Zeitgenössische Wandarbeiten im Ausstellungsraum. German, 1. Ed., Anne Vieth (Author). Verlag Silke Schreiber, Germany (2014). ISBN 978-3-88960-137-7, pp. 123, 292 (Dissertation).
  • Rik Reining (Ed.), Milena Kotseva: Street-Art™: meanwhile in deepest east anglia, thunderbirds were go…. (In English/German). 1st ed., Gudberg Verlag, Hamburg, Germany (2014). ISBN 978-3-943061-08-6. pp. 94ff (exhibition catalogue).
  • Jérome Catz: street art mode d`employ. (In French). 1st ed., Flammarion, Paris, France (2013). ISBN 978-2-0812-9903-0, p. 51.
  • Rafael Schacter (Ed.), John Fekner: The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti. (In English). 1st ed., Yale University Press, USA (2013). ISBN 978-0-300-19942-0, pp. 344, 376.
  • Annett Reckert, Rik Reinking: POESIA – Werke aus der Sammlung Reinking. (In German). 1st ed., Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Delmenhorst, Germany (2013). ISBN 978-3-944683-00-3, pp. 174, 186 (exhibition catalogue).
  • Fabiola Naldi, Claudio Musso: FRONTIER: The Line of Style. (In English/Italian). 1st ed., Damiani, Bologna, Italy (2013). ISBN 978-88-6208-300-3, pp. 96ff.
  • Claire Calogirou: Une Esthétique Urbaine: grapheurs d’Europe. (In French). 1st. Ed., Éditions L’oeil d’Horus, Paris, France (2012). ISBN 978-2-35081-018-8. pp. 19, 40ff.
  • Meinrad Maria Grewenig, Robert Kaltenhäuser: Urban Art – Graffiti 21: New York, Paris, Berlin, Völcklingen. (In German). 1st ed., Wunderhorn, Germany (2011). ISBN 978-3-88423-372-6, pp. 38ff (exhibition catalogue).
  • Andrea von Goetz: Kunstresidenz Bad Gastein: Stipendiaten 2011. (In German). 1st ed., VGS Art, Hamburg, Germany (2011). ISBN  978-3-00-036083-1, pp. 68ff.
  • Cristian Campos: Graffiti and Urban Art: Pieces, Tags, Stencils and Stickers. (In English). 1st ed., Loft Publications, Barcelona, Spain (2011). ISBN 978-84-9936-771-2, pp. 176ff. (Deutsch: Graffiti und urbane Kunst: Murals, Tags, Schablonenzeichnungen und Sticker. 1st ed., Frechmann Kolón, Germany (2011). ISBN 978-84-9936-769-9, pp. 176ff).
  • Kiriakos Iosifidis: Mural Art, Vol. 3: Murals on Huge Public Surfaces Around the World from Graffiti to Trompe L’Oeil. (In English). Volume 3, 1st ed., Publikat Verlag, Mainaschaff, Germany (2010). ISBN 978-3-939566-28-1, pp. 78ff.
  • Claudia Willms: Sprayer im White Cube: Streetart zwischen Alltagskultur und kommerzieller Kunst. (In German). 1st ed., Tectum Verlag Marburg, Germany (2010). ISBN 978-3-8288-2473-7, pp. 17, 73.
  • Magda Danysz, Mary-Noelle Dana: From Style Writing to Art: A Street Art Anthology. (In English). 1st ed., Drago Arts and Communication, Rome, Italy (2009) ISBN 978-88-88493-52-7, pp. 224ff.
  • Ingo Clauß, Stephen Riolo, Sotirios Bahtsetzis: Urban Art: Werke aus der Sammlung Reinking. (In English/German). 1st ed., Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, Germany (2009). ISBN 978-3-7757-2503-3, pp. 26ff, 142ff (exhibition catalogue).
  • Deborah Lock: Children’s Book of Art: An introduction to the world’s most amazing paintings and sculptures. Dorling Kindersley TM Limited, UK (2009). ISBN 978-1-40533-659-8, p. 96. (Deutsch: Das ist Kunst!: Alles über berühmte Gemälde und Skulpturen. Übersetzt von Christiane Wagler, Dorling Kindersley Verlag, Germany (2010). ISBN 978-3-8310-1592-4, p. 96).
  • André Lindhorst, Rik Reinking: Fresh Air Smells Funny: an exhibition with selected urban artists. (In English/German). 1st ed., Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg, Germany (2008). ISBN 978-3-939583-94-3, pp. 31ff, 98ff (exhibition catalogue).
  • Dr. Gerhard Finckh, Toke Lykeberg, Asko Lehmuskallio: still on and non the wiser: an exhibition with selected urban artists. (In English/German). 1st ed., Publikat Verlag, Mainaschaff, Germany (2008). ISBN 978-3-939566-20-5, pp. 26ff, 76ff.
  • Ian Lynam: Parallel Strokes. (In English). Wordshape, Japan (2008). ISBN 978-0-615-18307-7, pp. 66ff.
  • Kiriakos Iosifidis: Mural Art: Large Scale Art from Walls Around the World. (In English). Volume 1, 1st ed., Publikat Verlag, Mainaschaff, Germany (2008). ISBN 978-3-939566-22-9, pp. 87ff, 143, 168, 223, 270ff.
  • Sven Nommensen, Iben From: Call it what you like! Collection Rik Reinking. (In English). 1st ed., KunstCentret Silkeborg Bad, Denmark (2008). ISBN 978-87-91252-23-5, pp. 22ff (exhibition catalogue).
  • Arne Rautenberg: Pimp my Word: Graffiti und die Emanzipation der Schriftkunst. (In German). In: Volltext, No. 4, Wien, Austria (2007). p. 6.
  • Eva Martens, Petra Nietzky, Rik Reinking: sculpture@CityNord: Das temporäre Skulpturenprojekt 2006. (In English/German). 1st ed., modo Verlag, Freiburg, Germany (2007). ISBN 978-3-937014-53-1, pp. 94ff (exhibition catalogue).
  • Julia Reinecke: Street-Art: Eine Subkultur zwischen Kunst und Kommerz. (In German). 1st ed., Transcript Verlag Bielefeld, Germany (2007). ISBN 978-3-89942-759-2, pp. 22ff.
  • Franz-Xaver Schlegel: still on and non the wiser: Street Art – Graffiti – Wuppertal. (In German). In: Kunsttermine. Band 1, Germany (2007). ISSN 1438-745X, pp. 143ff.
  • Ian Lynam: Traveling the Paths of Urban Pioneers. (In English). In: Font Magazine. No. 5 (2006), p. 14.
  • Hajo Schiff: getting-up: Farbgeruch in der Luft. (In German). In: Kunsttermine. Band 4, Germany (2005). ISSN 1438-745X, pp. 24ff.
  • Hanne Zech: Passion des Sammelns: Sammlung Reinking. (In English/German). In: vierzehn, No. 4, Stiftung Federkiel, Leipzig, Germany (2005). pp. 4ff.
  • Schon vergeben: Die Sammlung Rik Reinking. (In eEnglish/German). In: Art Cologne: ARTnow. Koelnmesse (Ed.), Zeitverlag, Munich, Germany (2005). ISBN 978-3-7774-2805-5, pp. 38ff (exhibition catalogue).
  • Nicholas Ganz, Tristan Manco: Graffiti World: Street Art from five Continents. 1st ed., Thames&Hudson, London, UK (2004). ISBN 978-0-500-51170-1, pp. 176ff. (Deutsch: Graffiti World: Street Art aus fünf Kontinenten. Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin, Germany (2005). ISBN 978-3-89602-677-4, pp. 176ff).
  • Farbfieber e.V. (Ed.): Wem gehört die Welt? Mural-Global: Weltweites Wandmalprojekt zur Agenda 21. (In German). 1st ed., Klartext Verlag, Essen, Germany (2002). ISBN 978-3-89861-111-4, pp. 156ff.
  • James & Karla Murray: Broken Windows: Graffiti NYC. (In English). 1st ed., Gingko Press, USA (2002). ISBN 978-1-58423-078-6.
  • Bernhard van Treeck: Das grosse Graffiti-Lexikon. (In German). Lexikon-Imprint-Verlag, Berlin, Germany (2001). ISBN 978-3-89602-292-9, p. 81.
  • Akademie der Künste Berlin (Ed.), Christian Kneisel, Ute Baumgärtel: ExhibiZion, Z 2000: Positionen junger Kunst und Kultur (Next!). (In German). 1st ed., Gestalten Verlag Berlin, Germany (2000). ISBN 978-3-931126-34-6, p. 121.
  • Bernhard van Treeck: Graffiti Lexikon (Fully revised edition; in German). Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin, Germany (1998). ISBN 978-3-89602-160-1, p. 66.
  • Guinness Buch der Rekorde: Mit allen Rekorden dieser Welt, Ausgabe 97. (In German). 1st ed., Guinness Verlag, Hamburg, Germany (1996). ISBN 978-3-89681-000-7, p. 173.
  • Bernhard van Treeck, Mark Todt: Hall of Fame: Graffiti in Deutschland. (In German).1st ed., Edition Aragon, Moers, Germany (1995). ISBN 978-3-89535-430-4.
  • Bernhard van Treeck: Writer Lexikon: American Graffiti. (In German). 1st ed., Edition Aragon, Berlin, Germany (1995). ISBN 978-3-89535-428-1, p. 38.
  • Oliver Schwarzkopf (Ed.): Graffiti Art: Deutschland – Germany. (In German). Volume 1, 1st ed., Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin, Germany (1994). ISBN 978-3-929139-58-7, pp. 88ff, 101, 120ff.

“DAIM’s program comprises the construction, as well as de-construction of a word (at some point, in between the processes of annealing and erasure, it emerges out of a synaesthetic sphere! And reveals: that it came into being out of nothingness and is always on the verge of disappearing into it again. DAIM-graffitis can be seen as fixed images of a word-formation that is constantly threatening to reassemble, denying access, escaping the demands of tangibility and, thereby, remain free and sovereign.
With every new DAIM-piece, Mirko Reisser takes possession of another piece of the world; and with every new DAIM-piece, the world takes possession of another piece of Mirko Reisser. “Shaping the character of letters and at the same time, discovering one’s own” is his dictum. The character of the letters remains variable, abstruse, in short: ambivalent (and, thus, subversive).
In between construction and de-construction, two- and three-dimensions, complexity of shape and simplification of content, between seclusion and an invitation to communicate, Mirko Reisser’s works reveal the unfathomable rift of the world – at the crossing of which the beholder increasingly struggles.”

Arne Rautenberg