Graffiti artist




 

ZORO has taken graffiti off the streets and brought it into his studio, where it has made its way onto canvas, skateboards, Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chairs and street signs. His artwork features famous cartoon characters and colourful and imaginative letter combinations.

 



When the documentary Stylewars, which looks at New York's graffiti scene, came to Denmark in the early 80s, ZORO was a teenage boy, sitting on the sofa with his father watching the programme on TV. They were both fascinated by this new approach to drawing and painting and would spend the rest of the evening creating their own graffiti sketches.

ZORO, who loved to paint and draw throughout his childhood, immediately knew that this was something for him, and he soon started spending almost all his time in his room drawing and colouring sketches. When all the walls of his room were almost completely covered with his work, he shifted his creativity to his school's toilets, where he painted cartoon characters and letters on almost all of the walls. Before long he had painted his first legitimate piece in his old kindergarten, while the home of his first illegitimate work was a disused railway in Kastrup on Amager island.

The pace soon picked up and ZORO came increasingly fascinated by this underground world where you would go out in the dark of night to paint the city's walls and facades. Much of his time was spent doing just this.

ZORO also became interested in electric boogie and breakdancing that were part of Denmark's hip hop scene in the early 80s. He would often visit the Thomas P. Hejle youth club at Nørreport in Copenhagen, where every Friday dancers would meet and compete. All the graffiti artists also came to Thoms P. Hejle's. Here they exchanged stories about their graffiti missions and showed each other sketches and photographs of their work, and before long ZORO had hung up his dancing shoes and begun devoting himself to graffiti.

When at upper secondary school, ZORO spent much of his time painting Copenhagen's facades and along the city's railway tracks together with his good friend CAR.

When ZORO joined the military, and later on at the sergeant school in Sønderborg, he found he had less time to spend on graffiti. Then when he became a father in 1991, graffiti had to go on the back burner completely.

In 2013, ZORO resumed his graffiti career and met one of his old friends from the scene, BATES, whos was still active. BATES convinced him to go out and paint again - though legally this time - and ZORO was once again sucked into the world of graffiti and has almost painted every day ever since...


ZORO painting a wall in Østerbro in 2017 in co-operation with spraydaily.com