Dominic was born in Biel/Bienne, a city in the canton of Bern, Switzerland, in 1970. His father was a painter fond of Auguste Renoir. Dominic has actively participated, illegally, at the re-colouration of the city of Biel/Bienne during the 80’s and 90’s, which were the golden age of mural vandalism in Switzerland. Dominic Vonbern describes himself as a tagger who pushes the limit as fair as possible always using the same tag.
“The biggest difference between a tagger and a graffiti artist is the velocity at which the cops are running behind him.” – Dominic Vonbern
Too busy to find a way to escape the police and to get rid of the finger prints on the freshly used sparvar, he never produced any mural artwork outside illegality.
At that time there was two distinguished type of graffiti artist – the one who stays in the illegality and the other. Vonbern never derogates from the fact that graffiti is and must stay outlaw because graffiti is in his own definition “only outlaw”.
After making his own company 23 Karats as a freelance designer he lived in Japan and China for several years. After coming back from Asia he decided to settle in England where he is now living between Bern, Shanghai and Torquay.