PC: Carly Ealey

PC: Carly Ealey

Cinzah 'Seekayem' Merkens

Cinzah Merkens is a New Zealand based multidisciplinary artist, event producer, curator and father of two, based out of Napier, Hawkes Bay.

Cinzah paints from and for his environment, often expressing his views about pressing environmental issues, with a strong sense of colour, movement and balance. His work also explores themes such as the interrelationship between man and nature, duality, mythology and story telling.

Cinzah has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand, also showing work in group shows, festivals and mural productions in Australia, Mexico, North America, Canada, Japan, South East Asia and the Caribbean.

PAST EXHIBITIONS / EVENTS

2017

-'CAPD' - works on paper - Group exhibition - Fiksate Gallery - Christchurch, NZ

2016

-'Kaaboo Del Mar' - Music and art festival - Live mural painting - San Diego, U.S.A

-'Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans' - Pangeaseed mural painting festival - San Diego, U.S.A

-'Imago Mundi - Luciano Benetton Collection “Kiwi Consciousness: New Zealand” - Group Exhibition - Treviso, Italy

-'Tropica' - Mural painting festival - Canggu, Bali

-'Love Letter to the Great Lakes' - PangeaSeed Mural painting festival - Toronto, Canada

-'Blue Week Conference' - Sea Walls mural and guest speaker with PangeaSeed - Grenada , West Indies, The Caribbean

-'PangeaSeed Sea Walls - Murals for Oceans' - Mural Painting Festival (Event Coordinator and participating artist) - Napier, New Zealand

-'Sea Change' - Pangeaseed Sea Walls Group Exhibition - Napier, New Zealand

2015

-'Street Prints Mauao' - Art Festival - Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, NZ

-'The Idea Collective' - Installation/ Exhibition - MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology) - Auckland, NZ

-'Graffiato' - Art Festival - Taupō, NZ

-'First Coat' - Art Festival - Toowoomba, QLD, AUS

-'Made in New Zealand' - Group Exhibition - Creative Hastings - Hawkes Bay, NZ

-'The Blanks' - Traveling Group Exhibition - Allpress Gallery - Auckland, NZ

-'Tiny Traveling Gallery' - Group Exhibition - Depot Artspace - Auckland, NZ

-'Black Magic Phantasy' - Group Exhibition - Gallery One -Auckland, NZ

-'All Fresco' - Art Festival - Auckland, NZ

-'No Thing' - Group Exhibition - Yes Collective -Auckland, NZ

-'Get Up Festival' - Art Festival - New Plymouth, NZ

-'Eco Fest' - Live Painting Performance - Auckland, NZ

-'Biolumination II' - Group Exhibition / Installation - Q-Theatre - Auckland, NZ

-'Silo Paint' - Live Painting Performance - White Nights - Silo Park - Auckland, NZ

2014

-'Rhythm and Vines' - Live Painting - Gisborne, NZ

-'Devonport Arts Festival' - Public Mural work - Auckland, NZ

-'Kings College Exhibition of Fine Art' - Auckland, NZ

-'OE/14' - Group Exhibition - Endemic World - Auckland, NZ

-'Art Walk Mexico - Mexico City, MEX

-'Sea Walls Murals for Oceans Festival' - Isla Mujeres, MEX

-'Board Exhibition' - National Gallery of Victoria - Studio, Melbourne, AUS

-'The Big Egg Hunt' - Auckland, NZ

-'VEFA' - Group Exhibition - Auckland, NZ

-'Get Up Festival' - New Plymouth, NZ

-'Street Legal Festival' - Kawerau, NZ

-'Splore Arts Trail' - Interactive Installation - Tapapakanga
  Regional Park, NZ

2013 

-'Cosmological Beginnings' - Solo Exhibition - Endemic World - Auckland, NZ

-'Graffiato' - Mural painting festival - Taupo, NZ

-'Just Another Group Show 2013' - 1000 Pound Bend - Melbourne, AUS

-'Just Another Book 13' Group Exhibition - JAA Projectspace - Melbourne, AUS

-'Kings College Sale of Fine Art' - Group Exhibition - Auckland, NZ

-'10000' - Solo Installation - 1885 - Auckland, NZ

2012

-’Just Another Book Launch’ Exhibition- Just Another Project Space -
Melbourne – Australia

-’Fresh Produce’ – Group Show – Cut Collective Space – Auckland, NZ

-’Graffiato’ Group Exhibition – Taupo, NZ

-'Graffiato' - Mural painting festival - Taupo, NZ

-’The Great West Coast Migration’ – Traveling Art Exhibition -
  Roq La Rue Gallery – Seattle, U.S.A
  Grass Hut Co – Portland, U.S.A
  Spoke Art Gallery – San Francisco, U.S.A
  Lebasse Projects – L.A, U.S.A
  The Artery – Cost Mesa, U.S.A
  Space 4 Art – San Diego, U.S.A

-’Works on Paper’ – Just Another Project Space – Melbourne, Australia

-’Whole’ – Group exhibition – Comb Gallery – QLD, Australia

-’Painting for Charity’ – Group exhibition – Unitec Gallery -AK, NZ

2011

-’Aotearoa Skellywag Crew’ – Group show – Rakino’s Bar -AK, NZ

-’The Dirty 13′ – Basement Theatre – AK, NZ

-Kings College Sale of Fine Art 2011, AK, NZ

-’WCC x Sara Blake x NZ Showcase’ – The Edge Events Centre – AK, NZ

-’Sink or Swim’ – Group show – M Event Space – Tokyo, JAP

-’The Sole Project’ – Art Station – AK, NZ

-’Unimportant Works of Art’ Exhibition – Rebel Yell Gallery – AK, NZ

-'Graffiato' - Mural painting festival - Taupo, NZ

-Red Bull Wreckers Yard – Finals – MELBOURNE, AU

-Red Bull Wreckers Yard – AK, NZ

-Sketch @ Khuja -January & May events -AK, NZ

-Expression Sessions – Live Painting – AK, NZ

-Soul Sessions – Live Painting – AK, NZ

-Big Day Out – Live Painting – AK, NZ

2010

-’Big City Island Kids’ Solo Exhibition, Rebel Yell Gallery, AK, NZ

-Kings College Sale of Fine Art 2010, AK, NZ

-’Little Shop of Horrors’ – Group Exhibition

Rebel Yell Gallery- K Rd, Auckland

-’Sweet Streets Exhibition’ – Brunswick Street Gallery – Melbourne -AU

-’Sweet Streets Award Exhibition’
Thousand Pound Bend Gallery, Melbourne- AU

-’Bedfellows’ Group Exhibition – High Seas Gallery – AK, NZ

-’Space Jam’ – Live Art and Music Installation- Khuja- AK, NZ

-’Art Fusions’ – Carmel College Sale of FIne Art, AK, NZ

-’Red Bull Stereopticon’ – Wellington, NZ

-’Land of the Rising Stars’ – Tokyo, Japan

-Article 19, Amnesty International Charity Art Auction, Shed 10, AK,NZ

-’Collaborative Show 2010′ – A Fine Line Gallery, Matakana, NZ

-Soul Sessions festival – live painting – AK, NZ

2009

-’Mugshots’ – Oh Really Gallery – Sydney, AUS

-’100 Clams’ – High Seas Gallery – AK, NZ

-’See Saw’ Solo Installation and live painting performance – Cassette #9, AK, NZ

-Kings College Sale of Fine Art – AK, NZ

-Art Auction – Oh! No! My son is an artist!-Northern Steamship, AK,NZ

-Cut Collective Spring Clean Show -CCHQ Sutdios, AK, NZ

-’Hard Cover no Jacket’ – Oh Really Gallery, Sydney, AUS

-’FRSH FSH’ Group Show - Union Fish Building, Britomart, AK, NZ

2008

-’Nameless Board Art Show II’ – Depot Artspace, AK, NZ

-’Villain Custom Toy Show’ – No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne

-’CutOuts’ -Per Square Metre Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

-’Fatally Yours’ – Crewest Gallery, LA, U.S.A

2007

-'Off the Wall' - Auckland Art Gallery, NZ

-'50c Mixture' - Smyth Galleries, AK, NZ

-Dirty Brushes'- Outerspace Gallery, AK, NZ

-'Public Press' - Sideroom Gallery, AK, NZ

-'Nonsensickal'-  Up There Gallery, AK, NZ

-'Art Fusions' - AK, NZ

-'They Were Young Once' - Satelite Gallery, AK, NZ

-'Arts Back- and it’s selling itself Art Exhibition'- AK, NZ

-'Sex Toys For Your Mama - A Selection of collectable Art toys'- Depot Artspace, AK, NZ

-'Canceptual V.2' - Crewest Gallery. Los Angeles, U.S.A

-'Finale' - Treehouse Gallery, AK, NZ

2006

-'King’s College Sale of Fine Art' – AK, NZ

-'The Nameless Skateboard Art Show' – Depot Artspace, AK, NZ

-'Showcase' – Satellite Gallery, AK, NZ

-'Collaborative Extravaganza' – Treehouse Gallery, AK, NZ

-'Alice’s Wonderland' – Treehouse Gallery, AK,NZ

-'What Thuf' – The Underwater Studio, Hamilton, NZ

-'Seekayem vs. Pretend' – Treehouse Gallery, AK, NZ

-'Team Supreme' – Depot Artspace, AK, NZ

-'Treehouse Gallery Official Opening' – Treehouse Gallery, AK, NZ

-'Two Dudes' – Depot Artspace, AK, NZ

 

AWARDS / ACHIEVEMENTS

2013

-Australia Illustrators Association Awards

1x Silver – Advertising Series

1x Silver – Self Promotional.

1x Highly Commended – Self Promotional

2012

-3×3 Illustration Annual (New York) -Self Promotion Section

-3×3 Illustration Annual (New York) – Childrens Illustrations Award – Merit

2011

-Best Awards
Gold Award for ‘World of Difference’ Campaign with Watermark ltd.
More here

2010

-Australia illustrators association Awards
1x Gold, 1x Silver for ‘World of Difference’
collaborative campaign with Watermark ltd.
1x Bronze Award – for ‘Mr Gumball’ Self promotional illustration.
More here
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-The American Children Publication Awards
1x Gold for Sydney’s Child Illustration – Cover design.
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SELECT MEDIA, PUBLICATIONS AND ARTICLES

 

Art Walk Mexico - La Roma District - Mexico City - VIEW HERE

Art Walk Mexico - La Roma District - Mexico City - VIEW HERE

Juxtapoz Feature for Sea Walls - Isla Mujeres - VIEW HERE

Juxtapoz Feature for Sea Walls - Isla Mujeres - VIEW HERE

High Snobiety Article on Sea Walls Murals For Oceans - Isla Mujeres - VIEW HERE

High Snobiety Article on Sea Walls Murals For Oceans - Isla Mujeres - VIEW HERE

New York Times feature on Sea Walls - Murals For Oceans - Isla Mujeres - VIEW HERE

New York Times feature on Sea Walls - Murals For Oceans - Isla Mujeres - VIEW HERE

The Opening Hours feature on 'Cosmological Beginnings' Exhibition - VIEW HERE

The Opening Hours feature on 'Cosmological Beginnings' Exhibition - VIEW HERE

Article in Whanganui Midweek - 2015

Article in Whanganui Midweek - 2015

Bay Buzz Issue No.22  - Interview

Bay Buzz Issue No.22  - Interview

Northern Advocate Article on Kaikohe community mural project - VIEW HERE

Northern Advocate Article on Kaikohe community mural project - VIEW HERE

One Percent Collective - Supporting Artist Interview - VIEW HERE

One Percent Collective - Supporting Artist Interview - VIEW HERE

T-Squat - Arts & Culture Magazine - VIEW HERE

T-Squat - Arts & Culture Magazine - VIEW HERE

Red Bulletin Article about Dregs, a documentary I co-produced in 2012

Red Bulletin Article about Dregs, a documentary I co-produced in 2012