Nico Krijno (1981)

Nico KrijnoExploring 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.

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. This will be the first show at The Ravestijn Gallery, Nico Krijno lives and works in South Africa.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015 Under Construction, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
        New Gestures: Fabricated to be Photographed, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town, SA
2014 Construction - Residency Show, 133 Arts, Johannesburg, SA
2013 Fulcrum Study, Blank Projects, Woodstock, Cape Town, SA
2011 On How To Fill Those Gaps, Museum Gallery, Cape Town, SA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 Uncertain Terms, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town, SA
2013 Wish You Were Here, MOPLA, Los Angeles, US
        Low Subject, The Popular Workshop, San Francisco, US
        BLOG RE-BLOG, Signal Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, US
2012 Eyes Closed, Eyes Open, Studio 41, Glasgow, SC
        Pro'jekt LA (Part III): New Research, Part of Month of Photography Los Angeles
        (MOPLA), Los Angeles, US
        When Form Becomes Attitude, Blank Projects, Cape Town, SA
        Fashionality, Camera16 Gallery, Milan, IT
2011 Chain Mail, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, US

Selected Press
A great interview for during UNSEEN 2015 here!
An interesting write-up on Nico’s work by Dazed Digital here!
Another article regarding his photographs from Another Africa here!