Nychos is a Austrian urban art and graffiti illustrator
Born in 1982 Nychos grew up in a hunting family. Being confronted by the anatomy of dead animals at an early age, has 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.
Nychos being an ’80s kid with an interest for cartoons, heavy metal, hunting and dissecting. This combination of interest ended up being some of the ingredients which inspired him when he started graffiti and painting at the age of 18.
Over the years Nychos has developed a distinctive style which stands out – his dissections and cross sections of human and animal bodies are easily recognised. His characters and art works are inspired by comics and horror movies and an obsession with anatomy and dissection. His art work has a strong, refreshing visual identity.With a combination of colorful outlines, this can be identifyd as his branding.
Nychos slices up animals and innocent childhood characters with unflinching graphic precision. His work confronts the viewer with wicked insistence, using the shock of cartoon violence as a vehicle for exploring subtler themes of mortality and temporality.
Nychos’ brightly colored, ooey-gooey images are startling. However, even with their gross-out appearances, they have a strange charm about them, and they’re not gory given the subject matter. Also, for images completed in spray paint, the details are incredible. We can see all the veins and arteries, the teeth, bones, and organs. Somehow, the combination of the cartoonish colors and the scientific approach to the bodies makes them suitable, even with the guts and nudity and everything else that goes with it to be acceptible in a public space.