It was only until Nychos met friends of the Lord’s crew in Austria that he made the strong connection with Oakland, which he now calls his second home. He illustrates the Risk of painting big murals – the endless permissions, organization and equipment involved, in addition to the gruesome task of spray-painting the art. His newest concepts nicknamed ‘Translucent Fear’ involve ZERO space for error. He gets ONE shot at painting semi-transparent x-ray skins over anatomical bone structure to create a slick glassy effect.

Video shot by Christie Goshe and Jessica Jones, edited by Christie Goshe.

Audio setup by Daniel Craig. Photos by Tim Kempf.

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Blending themes of morbid corporeality with the colorful, hyper-loony aesthetic descended from comics and cartoons, the Austrian urban artist and graffiti illustrator Nychos has developed a unique style that performs with powerhouse effect whether on the street or in the gallery.

Raised in a traditional Viennese hunting family, death and dissection were daily business for Nychos. The proximity to animal viscera had a profound effect on him psychologically and visually - he now explores the theme of dissection in his art, pushing it to playful extremes. In Nychos’ world, Spongebob has a skeleton, people live inside rabbits and there is always something wicked underneath. Pumped up on the visual adrenaline of comics, heavy metal and graffiti, Nychos’ work reflects the immense energy and technical focus necessary to produce work on the massive scale he has reached on the streets.

“I created the Rabbit Eye Movement as a way to connect all the “Rabbits” out there who are active in the Urban Art Movement.“

Photo credit: Hannes Friesenegger

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