'At a time where we have been disconnected from our friends and family my work is about the importance of connecting internally with your imagination, creativity, and aesthetic pleasures in order to maintain a positive mental health. This ability to be at one with yourself, think positively and have hope for the future is fundamental in our ability to cope and rebuild our lives.' - Mr. Cenz (2020)
Mr. Cenz (b. 1975) is a London-based graffiti artist. He discovered hip-hop culture and graffiti art in 1988 and began scribbling his first walls. He soon became obsessed with this new and exciting art form and after a few brushes with the law he decided to find ways of developing his skills legally. Since his first commissioned mural at 11-year-old, he has continued progressing and experimenting with his art during his Community Art study at Middlesex University London. This has led to a career as a professional graffiti artist with several solo exhibitions and high-profile commissions internationally.
His distinctive work can currently be seen all over the streets of the world, especially in his hometown of London. It features layers of intricate and flowing letterforms, shapes and line work, which are abstracted in a unique and aesthetically pleasing way. His works are a melting pot of all the different influences and technical skills he has acquired over the years. His work is open to individual interpretation and has been described as ‘surrealist graffiti art for the soul’. His influences range from the old school graffiti artists that inspired him as a kid such as Dondi and Mode 2 to abstract expressionist painters like Paul Klee and Roger Hilton.
He has shown his works in Basel, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Ibiza and Paris.
Click here to see a video about Mr. Cenz's installation process.