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Self-Portrait bathtub performance with electric piano. 2015

Exploring the space between photography and the process of painting, photography and ephemeral sculpture, Krijno is carving an individual path through the current barrage of abstract photographic image making. A prolific artist who combines two-dimensional works with in-situ temporary installations, which reference the formalism of the wall-based art works. An inter-textual dialogue opens up between his artworks, and allows for an often-surprising tone to the assemblage.

Born. 15 Dec. 1981 in Cape Town. SA

Lives and Works in South Africa.

With a background in theatre and experimental video, Nico Krijno switched camps to the field of visual arts around 2008. His performance-based photographic practice is realised in a variety of media, from sculpture, participatory installation and video.

I am deeply fascinated by the tension I sense beneath the surface of things, particularly that which underlies the everyday and the mundane. I want to show that the truth is not something simple, that there are not always clear and definitive answers. So, sometimes by showing things out of context or by marrying opposites I try to force a conversation that combines irony, humour and melancholy. To this end, editing and presentation are crucial in placing nature and our constructed world either in harmony or at odds.


2011 Chain Mail, Shoshana Wayne Gallery Los Angeles. Groupshow
2011 On How To Fill Those Gaps, Museum Gallery - Cape Town. Solo Show.
2012 Across the Great Divide. White Gloss Gallery Los Angeles. Groupshow
2012 Glasgow. Eyes Closed, Eyes Open. Studio 41. Groupshow
2012 Pro'jekt LA (Part III): New Research - part of Month of Photography Los Angeles. Groupshow
2012 Fashionality. Camera16 Gallery. Milan. Groupshow. Les Belle Croix
2012 Syn/Aesthesia The Animal Hospital. Summerhall. Edinburgh. Groupshow.
2012 EXHIBITON N°1. Data Gallery. Montreal. Groupshow.
2012 WHEN FORM BECOMES ATTITUDE. Blank Projects. Cape Town. South Africa. Groupshow.
2013 WISH YOU WERE HERE, MOPLA, Groupshow.
2013. A Painters Eye, Sublime & Devine, MOPLA, Groupshow.
2013 LOW SUBJECT, The Popular Workshop, San Francisco, US
2013 Bazaar ii, Fairweather House, Woodstock, Cape Town, Groupshow
2013 Fulcrum Study, BLANK PROJECTS, Woodstock, Cape Town SOLO SHOW
2013 BLOG RE-BLOG - Groupshow - Brooklyn NY. Signal Gallery
2014. Construction - Residency Show - 133 ARTS - Johannesburg. Solo Show
2014. Uncertain Terms - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town. Groupshow
2015 New Gestures: Fabricated to be Photographed - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town

Related Links:

Rooke&VanWyk Gallery
Camera 16 Gallery Milan.
Les Belle Croix
Edinburgh International Fashion Festival
Month of Photography LA.


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Nico Krijno started taking photos at a very young age while growing up in a small town in the South African semi desert, before venturing to Cape Town to pursue his career in photography and film, using commercial, fashion & architectural commissions to support an independent, fine-art practice. Krijno's subject matter is wildly eclectic; sausages and carrots on a blindingly bright tropical shirt or a schoolgirl holding a snake sit alongside one of several portraits of his muse Mignonne. His photographs are at once hyperreal and otherworldly, pointing at the banality of existence through the semiotics of everyday objects, with humour, sexual innuendo and surreality present in equal measure. Raw and magical, the work contains a dirty realism he is beginning to make his own. His first solo show, 'On How To Fill Those Gaps' in late 2011 - and the accompanying self published book - was widely lauded and selected works has since been included in group shows in Edinburgh, Milan, Los Angeles, San-Francisco, Glasgow & London. He was nominated for the Paul Huf Award 2013.

Recent clients include.
Computer Arts, Vice DE. Wallpaper, Subbacultcha, Sz Magazin, Nike. L'officiel NL. Neon DE. Apartamento. Urban Outfitters, Mercedes Benz, Levis. Dazed & Confused, Spleen Magazine, Shoppinghour

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