Sink Your Eyes Into Xuli’s Fantastical World of Monochrome Calligraphy and Lettering

The Hamburg-based artist creates work that feels bulletproof and tough to pin down.


Photo by Nikolaj Rohde Simonsen

Hamburg-based Jana Federov a.k.a. Xuli started out studying graphic design, but quickly figured out she was drawn to something quite niche: calligraphy. As a result, she’s spent the past few years perfecting brushstrokes, detailing and lettering to create a body of work that feels very particular in its references. Whether she’s doing branding for a client or creating a massive mural, Japanese and chicano references permeate throughout; and with her busy monochrome style, your eye feels a bit like they’re being sucked into a magnetic focal point of energy—energy that’s opaque yet street all at once.

Rather than rambling on about her work more, you should probably make up your own mind about it. Check it out below.