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Cinzah

Cinzah is a New Zealand-based multidisciplinary artist. He is considered one of the founders of the New Zealand Street Art scene, a new generation of artists who created work that fell somewhat outside of what was considered mainstream graffiti constructs: creating experimental street installations, putting up paste ups and stickers, and painting character-based works throughout Auckland and Melbourne over a decade ago.

He first fell in love with this artform at an early age when he discovered the vibrant trackside graffiti of West Auckland while visiting his grandparents. As an avid cartoon fan and comic reader, seeing large-scale pieces in these familiar styles and color palettes was instantly appealing. After completing intermediate and the majority of his secondary schooling in the Cook Islands, Cinzah returned to his birth country where it was only a matter of time until he tried his hand with aerosols. In the early 2000s, Auckland was heavily dominated by letter-based graffiti, something he admired, although, growing up between Auckland and Rarotonga, he didn't feel a true connection to the LA/NY influenced letter styles and culture evident in New Zealand at the time.

He was one of a handful who created public works in an alternative format to letter-based graffiti. He paid respect to the forefounders of the New Zealand graffiti scene, though was not confined by the hierarchy and restrictions of this alternative subculture.

Since these early days of creeping around at night, he's moved on to paint at art festivals locally and internationally, has fostered a career as an award-winning illustrator, run an art gallery, curated several successful exhibitions, produced New Zealand's first feature length documentary on the public art/street art scene, popped out a couple of kids, and left the big smoke for a more relaxed pace of life in the sunny Hawkes Bay. Cinzah is also an active supporting artist of PangeaSeed, both with artwork and event production. As the New Zealand Regional Director, he recently co-produced Sea Walls New Zealand, in Napier, Hawkes Bay.

Cinzah paints from and for his environment, with a strong sense of color, movement and balance. He explores themes such as the interrelationship between man and nature, duality, mythology and story telling.

Cinzah has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand. He has also shown work in group shows and has painted in festivals and mural productions in Australia, Mexico, North America, Japan, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean.

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