MR.CENZ has been scribbling on surfaces since 1988 when he first discovered hip-hop culture and graffiti art. He soon became obsessed with this new and exciting art form and after a few brushes with the law he decided to find ways of developing his skills legally. Since his first commissioned mural at 11yrs old he has continued progressing and experimenting with his art and set up his own company Positive Arts. This has led to a career as a professional graffiti artist, several solo shows in London and high profile commissions internationally.
His distinctive work can currently be seen all over streets of London. It features layers of intricate and flowing letterforms, shapes and line work, which are abstracted in a unique and aesthetically pleasing way. His style is full of funk and movement and fuses different skills together such as photorealism, illustration and graffiti letterforms. His work is open to individual interpretation and has been described as surrealist graffiti art for the soul. He works hard to make sure each piece he creates is very individual and distinctive in its quality. His influences range from the old school graffiti artists that inspired him as a kid such as Dondi and Mode 2 to abstract expressionist painters like Paul Klee and Roger Hilton.
His new work focuses on female faces, which he distorts in his trademark style. He works from portrait and fashion photographs to create unique interpretations, which are abstracted in a spontaneous and freestyle way to create interesting and mysterious compositions. Theses pieces are a melting pot of all the different influences and technical skills he has acquired over the years.
A few weeks ago MR.CENZ came to visit the MOLOTOW headquarters and painted the MOLOTOW Train in the backyard with MOLOTOW PREMIUM and a nice mixture of his letter style and female faces. We took the chance to film the process and asked some questions!