MR CENZ's debut US Show 'Soul Searching' kicked off Thursday night at 212 Arts in the East Village. As a fan who's enjoyed his work in London, Miami and New York City, I was thrilled to see the gallery packed with his bold canvases and intricate drawings.
A master of air-brush-style spray paint contrasted with geometric lines, Mr Cenz has expanded from graffiti roots in South London to an internationally renowned street artist painting in festivals around the world.
Mr Cenz's ethereal portrait of women echo the themes we've seen in his large-scale murals
'There are lots of artists that paint similar subject matter, but Cenz's work transcends the norm with a unique, refined style that still maintains elements of his graffiti influence. His work is so captivating that the moment you hang a piece in your home, it has the ability to change the status of the room.'
‘I used to write CENCE, first of all, with a ‘C’, then it just became CENZ. Then as I started doing pretty much full-on legit stuff, I just put a ‘MR’ in front of it, to draw a line. There was also another CENZ in Germany at the time. This was like, 15 years ago, so I didn’t want to be this person who… I wanted a totally individual name. So that’s where MR CENZ came from.’
The artist setting up the day before - he's pretty handy!
‘There were the styles of SEEN – SEEN I loved because he was very versatile, he was like a master of all styles, which I try to do. So, you know, you do wildstyle, bubble style, characters, everything. That’s what I formed my foundations on.’