Nychos is undoubtedly one of the most prolific artists in the street art world. He started out on the graffiti scene at 17, painting in his home city of Vienna (Austria). Growing up in a family of hunters, Nychos developed an interest in the anatomy and skeletal of animals and slowly merging his interest with his passion to paint together to create his signature style and he distinguished himself by painting walls and canvases with images of animals in motion whose bodies are dissected, skinned and cut into anatomical sections.In 2013, he reached a major turning point in his career on an American tour that took him to paint and exhibit at galleries in Detroit, New York and San Francisco.An off-kilter heavy metal aesthetic prevails throughout. His surgically drawn mural works can today be seen from Miami to Istanbul through Hawaii, Sao Paulo, Singapore, etc. Having founded several collectives in Vienna (The Lords, The Weird crew), Nychos has united a whole artistic scene around him, in particular through the gallery he opened in 2012, the Rabbit Eye Movement Artspace. Today he is considered as a major artist on the international scene, appreciated by lovers of illustration and graphics as well as art-lovers. His work is supported by several galleries in the United States, Asia and Europe.
Hey Sami. Alright, to keep it short I’m Nychos and I’m an Urban Artist and Illustrator, currently based in Vienna and my roots are in Graffiti.
What is your opinion of street art? And what is your main reason for producing street art?
Street Art is part of our society these days. It’s a visual output of people living in a system. That’s what makes it so important. If you’re collecting all these outputs, and I’m mainly talking about Graffiti at this point, you’ll get an idea of the different systems. I’m active in the urban sphere because I think it’s important to show all these people out there that art can be public. And should be. It’s cool to create something that can’t be own by somebody. Or is maybe owned by everybody. I don’t know. Besides all that, painting outdoors is just way too much fun and actually one of the best ways for me to mentally relax.
From what I gather, if I am not mistaken, I think you and I share the same love for Heavy Metal music, as I grew up listening to Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Judas Priest…. My question to you, is music an integral part of the creative process or just a background noise?
Haha I think I’ve already said it before. But the question deserves another clear: YES, it’s definitely part of my creative process.
As I said before, Graffiti and Urban Art are part of the society. Especially of the systems that can be found in big cities. When being active out there, you learn a lot about these systems, which means you learn a lot about societies. Only with a different approach. The thought of being able to explore different systems in different parts of the world was very interesting to me and the idea to share these experiences was even more exciting. I talked to Christian about it and at some point we knew that we wanted to make a movie out of it. So we started traveling together and he joined me everywhere my art took me. After 15 months of filming he started cutting the massive pile of footage we had and made a full-lenght documentary out of it. I’m still impressed about how he did that. Our aim was t also to show different approaches to Urban Art and of course, to introduce all these madly talented artists we’ve met on the road.
What have been your most challenging and rewarding piece of work this far?
That’s hard to say because every piece brings a different challenge along. But maybe my ”Dissection Of An Easter Rabbit” in Oakland (pictured above), because the wall was pretty wide and there was no opportunity to have a look at it from far away. Keeping the proportions right was a big challenge in this piece.
Right now I’m on America tour with ”The Deepest Depths Of The Burrow” which has its final stop in San Francisco on July, 1st. Then, I’ll be spending my summer painting murals and working on my next big exhibition at Kolly Gallery in Zurich, which is going to open in October. And besides, I’m working on some future plans for RABBIT EYE MOVEMENT. But I don’t want to take away too much yet.
Any words of advice for aspiring new artists?
Free your mind and follow the white rabbit.
Thank you Nychos for taking the time to answer our questions, we wish you the best of luck on your documentary and on your US tour. Keep in touch!