Nychos is an Austrian native, best known for his intricate portrayals of human and animal anatomy. His work brings life to otherwise grisly subject matter through the use of bright colors, and an in-depth understanding of what lies beneath the flesh. Explore our Nychos artwork for sale today, and learn more about his life and work below.
Nychos was born in Styria, Austria in 1982. He grew up as part of a family of avid hunters, and although he didn’t take to the killing of wildlife, he did become particularly fascinated with their anatomical beauty. As a child, the exposure Nychos had to the anatomy of wild beasts led to a greater respect for life and a fascination that would lead to creative inspiration for years to come.
Nychos began his career as a street artist at the age of fifteen. Initially his work focused on the dissection of human and animal bodies, before progressing into popular cartoon characters such as Spongebob Squarepants, Mickey Mouse and The Little Mermaid. The street artist’s intricate portrayal of tissue networks, colors, skeletal structures and textures have led to the development of an artistic style that has become renowned the world over.
The name “Nychos” stems from the word “Deinonychus”, a species of dinosaur, whose name translates into English as “terrible claw”. This term began to resonate with the artist early on, and came to define his work within the context of dissection. Nychos describes his art as a fusion of graffiti, heavy metal, cartoons and anatomy.
In 2004, Nychos opened a gallery and artists’ agency in Vienna, called the Rabbit Eye Movement. REM is dedicated to connecting networks of artists, and its head office is where the artist is currently based. Today, Nychos’ artwork sells for in excess of $20,000.
In 2011, Nychos joined The Weird, an international group of artists located throughout Germany and Austria. Each member comes from a graffiti background, bringing their own distinct style and flavor to the collective. The goal of The Weird is to focus on producing high-quality character designs, created in unique yet recognizable styles.
Nychos’ unique style evolved out of his simplistic typography work, such as the commonly-used dripping horror font. His approach to street art later moved on to depicting characters, before leaving graffiti all together, and instead turning his focus to what he calls “street anatomy”. Using a rich colour palette and scattered lines to create his characters – be it with a paint brush or spray can – Nychos’s art has become renowned for its intense dynamism. He sees each mural as an outlet for his inner emotions and turmoil, which is often reflected in soft, heavy, delicate or erratic brushstrokes. His work is clearly characterized by dissections, organs, bright colors, and x-ray imagery.
Through an intense fascination with dreams and the subconscious, Nychos has most recently been toying with the portrayal of transparency, a feat which he has achieved through diluted paint and a finely-tuned airbrush. This technique adds further realism to his work, allowing the viewer to easily distinguish the layers of his subjects’ anatomy.
Nychos is equally transparent about the motivation behind his work, and has expressed a desire to eliminate the fear of contact with our innards, and encourage different perspectives and attitudes. The street artist is concerned with biological and emotional connections with life and death, and hopes to communicate this through his work.
There is also an element of political commentary in Nychos’ work, as seen in some of his murals, such as his depiction of an orca in Brooklyn, where plastic can be seen weaved into its belly, or his morbid dissection of Ronald McDonald in Coney Island.
Animation is also very much at the core of Nychos’s inspiration. The street artist taps into this field through gritty murals, which he pains in the street, rather than generating them on a computer. Nychos’ use of shocking cartoon violence can be seen as a vehicle for subtler themes, such as the ephemeral nature of mortality. The street artist pays homage to iconic cartoon characters such as Spongebob Squarepants by opening them up and giving them human substance; a feat which the artist is able to imagine up through his familiarity with the inner workings of the human body.
Nychos defines himself as an artist, refusing to limit himself to the confines of street art or graffiti. Instead, he has expressed his ambition to create films about fellow artists, and released his first documentary film in 2018, entitled “The Deepest Depths of the Burrow”. The film captures the experiences of Nychos and other members of the Rabbit Eye Movement. The collective flew from Berlin to San Francisco to Copenhagen to Hawaii, and beyond, to visit other artists who all provided a unique view into their street culture. They led Nychos through the streets of their home cities, explaining the inspiration behind their work. The documentary highlights the contrast between street art and graffiti from various angles, and provides a further insight into not only Nychos’s psyche, but that of his peers.
Much of Nychos’s street art has been commissioned by others, such as “Bleed Teal”, which he painted on request for San Jose Sharks Ice Hockey Team. A mural depicting a shark, its illustrated stomach contains morsels such as a California license plate, a fish skeleton, a hockey skate and stick and even the old mask of the team’s rivals. His pieces of this nature serve as unique compliments to Nychos’ public murals that bring vivacity to cities all over the world.
Nychos’ paintings and drawings have been exhibited worldwide, including five solo exhibitions, from “Fifty24SF” in San Francisco to “Mighty Jaxx” in Singapore. The street artist has also had solo exhibitions in Detroit, New York and Turin, with his work appearing in over fifteen cities globally. Traveling the world, Nychos participates in festivals, conferences and fairs including Art Basel Miami Beach, Pow Wow Hawaii and many other events as an integral part of the international art scene.
Nychos currently lives and works out of Rabbit Eye Movement, his studio and art space located in Vienna.
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