Well, I’m Toni Mahfud 23 years young and an artist living all around the world. I’m a really private person, when people don’t know me in person and especially on the internet x social media etc. I don’t share my whole life or too much about me the real me. To me Instagram is a separate world im able to control myself and let people see, that I want them to. Is it via drawings or Photos, when I travel. But to get into my art, Ive basically been drawing since I was 3 years old, when my parents noticed my love for scribbling around, I got my first canvas in the kindergarden! Its actually funny to think back on how I got into my realistic style that I’m known for today. I started with mangas and anime but were wondering by Time why their noses , eyes, and most looks look this unrealistic and stared little by little transform them and so I got into this really realistic but still abstract style of mine. I still have them all here in an portfolio! Its beautiful to be able to look back and see the process.
How would you describe yourself?
I would describe myself as super ambitious, too creative sometimes, cuz my brain never stops thinking of every little thing. Ive got a little mental disorder, and so all of my People I surround myself with lol (in a good crazy way.) Introvert. Not human sometimes, I think other artist know this feeling when you’re feeling like nobody understands you and your thoughts. But most importantly, super happy with all these things. I’ve went through a lot of things in my life (sounds so old ha) And those made me who iam today, a little damaged but Happy to be alive.
What other career could we imagine for you?
If I wouldn’t do all those things im doing right now, also all these Travels and working with different brands, modeling, and promoting brands on instagram. If all that wouldn’t exist tomorrow. I would definitely just sit there and would continue being an artist. You can give me paper and pens and thats enough for me. Something completely different would maybe be an astronaut! Ok, I think thats really far away but still.. Love watching documentaries about the pants and galaxies!
What Art means to you?
I feel art is everything who iam, I wouldn’t be myself if I couldn’t express myself through art in any way if its on paper or via an image etc. There is so much beauty in art cuz its so different to every person out there literally everyone feels different about it. Some may like it some may not, or hate it because they don’t understand it etc. You can hide and express your thoughts and feelings, memories, wishes, fears, everything in it.. I’m really grateful and happy to be able to do what I love and express myself though it.
Favorite project you worked on?
Hm, i have a lot of fav projects I worked on, but I think I will pick two, for my art, and photography: Art definitely my current story’s boring on called connecting souls, cuz its super personal and has a lot of meaning to me. There are still few pieces coming. I also do some time lapse videos of how I draw them on youtube. ( yes, I have a youtube channel, but only for my drawing videos.) Photo wise, I would say my project I did for YSL snd their fragrance ‚‘WHY’’ Created an image to showcase how much art means to me, that even while you’re drowning or “Failing” you should keep on your passion cuz it makes you who you are. (Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZtkTujAh2Y/?taken-by=tonimahfud )
Your worst nightmare? Most beautiful dream?
Worst nightmare would be if someone would burn my drawings. Most beautiful dream would be to be able be to fly and being weightless in the universe ha.
A lot of different things people were asking about over the years are coming, slowly, but coming soon.
What do you have in your pockets right now?
Nothing, cuz im sitting in my shorts with no pockets outside answering these questions and getting a little sunburned.
…A last word in french for our readers?
Oui, Je m’appelle Toni! (Actually had french for 3 years in school, so I know few words, but forgot the most.
Toni Mahfud is a German artist, model, social media star and a photographer, best known for his different social media accounts portraying his artistic endeavours. Always in love with the art, he started sketching and drawing at the age of 4, and while he initially drew portraits of his favourite cartoons, he eventually started drawing realistic photographs of his favourite celebrities. He started rising to fame in the year 2011 and slowly but surely as his posts started getting viral, his popularity crossed the national borders. Presently he has more than 3 million followers on Instagram, one million fans on Facebook and about 133k subscribers to his self-titled YouTube channel. He is also a model and has modelled for some popular brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Gillette. His YouTube channel is fast growing as he continues getting hundreds of subscribers every day. His speed paintings and drawings are the biggest reason for the mega success of his YouTube channel. Some of the most famous paintings that he has drawn are of Channing Tatum and the characters from the movie Maleficent.
About Toni Mahfud :
Childhood & Early Life
Toni Mahfud was born on December 2, 1994 into an artistically inclined family in Hamburg, Germany. He was always interested in creating art and even though he never took any professional training for the same, he had a good hand in sketching.
The artistic instincts led him to draw the sketches of his favourite anime characters on blank paper – when he was just 4! He was a good student in school and excelled in academics, hence, making a career in art never quite seemed like a plausible future goal for him.
He kept doodling around until he was a teenager and that was precisely the time when he realized that he can never be far away from art and this further led him to concentrate more on his artistic skills.
Rise to Fame & Social Media Career
Around 2011, as he was about to graduate from high school, the social media was becoming a rage among the youth and he started putting his artworks for the world to see and appreciate. Rightly so, he started growing his fans on social media and by the time he got out of high school, he was already a major celebrity back in his home country of Germany.
His social media fame had him making waves on Facebook, where he posted his sketches and gained thousands of followers. This continued until he created his Instagram and Twitter accounts. Along with his artwork, he started uploading his own pictures in different poses. His chiselled physique and gorgeous looks helped him attract further more people.
This helped him receive several modelling offers from top agencies such as Tommy Hilfiger and he appeared in many of their commercial advertisements. He also walked the ramp for many major designers during several fashion weeks in Europe.
What brought his popularity to the lanes of Hollywood were his portraits of Adele, Channing Tatum and Angelina Jolie from her film ‘Maleficent’. This endeavour received major publicity and he eventually got signed on with IMG modelling agency. With them he participated in promotional campaigns for brands such as Adidas, Tigha, Nike and G-Star Raw.
He is also receiving some acting offers to star in American and German films, but anything is yet to be finalised.
The multi-talented personality has also been an active photographer, blogger and communication designer. He considers himself to be a pure artist and says that he will try everything possible to be known as a famed artist.