“Born. 15 Dec. 1981 in Cape Town. SA. Lives and Works in South Africa.
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 and girlfriend 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.
Recent clients include: Vice DE. Wallpaper, Subbacultcha, Sz Magazin, Nike. L’officiel NL. Neon DE. Apartamento. Levis. Dazed & Confused, Spleen Magazine, Shoppinghour.”.