NIZEN (born 1992) is an artist from Vienna. Inspired by elements of Zen Buddhism and street art, he combines these two cultures in his paintings, creating distinctive works of art. In addition to painting, NIZEN is also active as a musician and producer and finds himself mainly in the genre of hip-hop, which often inspires his paintings.
How did you get into art?
I first came into contact with art at the age of 14, when I was interested in music production in the genre of rap. I started painting 10 years later in 2016 after a visit to the Albertina Museum in Vienna. I thought I could do something like that, bought a canvas, brushes and acrylic paints and started painting my first art pieces - which are still hanging on the walls of my apartment.
How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?
The combination of graffiti, abstract art, Zen symbolism and often humorous aspects, gives my works their own style. I combine these cultures in my paintings and thereby create distinctive works of art. With my art I want to create positive energies and convey a lightness for life.
How do you go about developing your work?
Mostly I receive ideas for new artworks during everyday activities. I then see the final product in front of me and simply follow my instincts in the implementation of the technique. The most important thing in the creation is that it’s not forced - when you are in the flow, the most beautiful art pieces will be created.
Who or what influences you?
I am inspired by elements of Zen Buddhism and street art. Whereas enjoying life is my biggest inspiration.
Make us curious. What is planned next?
I am currently increasingly engaged in the process of building upcycled frames. For this I use existing products made of wood and bamboo and give them a new life as parts of my artwork.