MYMO currently lives and works in Berlin. She is a painter, illustrator, muralist, installation and animation artist. Her work has been shown thoughout the world in galleries, museums, on the streets, in various printed and electronic media in places ranging from Europe, Australia, United States, Africa, South America and South Korea.
She became notable through her own uniuqe visual language.
Her work has a strong immediately recognizable visual signature, and communicates directly with the viewer. She is one of the influential female urban artist of her generation. Known by her street name MYMO she has a large following in the street art community. Since she has been working on the streets from the late 90s,
and always drawing from her childhood on, she found her urban themes in the hip hop and skateboarding scene. Therefore her artwork has it‘s basement in the art movement of mission school respective low brow art.
From simply creating art for herselves, her recognizable style brought her to work in many different kind of fields in series of commercial sucess like creating advertisements for popular products, designing products, working in films and being hired to paint and create art work, in well known locations.
Part of her influences come from Africa. She likes to combine abstract forms with Pyramid shapes, Triangulars, and vivid colorful patterns. These patterns trace back to her North African roots, especially her wall installations show a visual funky and psychedelic energy.
Her art shows often a special sense of humor, sometimes cherful or impish, sometimes it shows a sarcastic comment, too. In some of her paintings you can see stories of the source of creation related to the endless universe and it´s power. A lot ot times you will find little spirits in her work who tell about their own individual
story. These beings, citizens of a fantastic parallel universe, are meant to support interaction and
communication in the urban context of the everyday, leading to a positive change in our world. This work is like a reflection to the contemporary society.
Life is a treasure hunt for her. What some people leave behind on the streets becomes value for her.
She loves to repaint the things she finds, hangs these pieces as installations in her studio and creates something new with it. With a multi media attitude she don’t restrict herself to any particular one.
She constantly develops new possibilities of aesthetic expressions with the help of various techniques
(from street and canvas painting to collage, from animation films to installations).
Mymonsters stand for her creations or creatures. It is a creation process called MYMO.
MYMO has been traveling to many places for the past years. This travels have a direct relationship with her artist practice, where she created and curated exhibitions, workshops, and lectures. She focuses on
interaction and communication between different cultures.
She has given lectures at a range of respected Institutions and Art and Design Conferences including
Pictoplasma Characterdesign Conference Berlin/Germany and Semipermanent Art and Design Conference in
Australia, She curated Artshows in Cape Town/South Africa "something New" and Berlin/Germany "Put wheels on it".
LITTLE MOON MONSTERS Workshop was one of this broad cross-section of projects. Together with Sya Bengezela eV MYMO developed creatures from the pickingup of waste dumps with the help of 12 years old Town Ship Kids of Nyanga Cape Town South Africa. It became an upcycling art workshop were they produced mixed-media sculptures. Integrated in an exhibition by Pictoplasma Characterdesign Conference in Berlin all sales proceeds go to SHACOs little Moon Literacy Program for children ages 5-7, to help them get into Nyanga primary school.