Cinzah ‘Seekayem’ Merkens is an Auckland based Artist/Illustrator. Over the past 5 years he has exhibited in numerous exhibitions and expeditions throughout Australasia, South East Asia and the U.S. Cinzah quite often draws directly from his own imagination and past experiences, exploring familiar themes such as Childhood Nostalgia, daydreaming, nature, travel, and studies of slightly deranged city folk.
In 2007 Cinzah was awarded the ‘People’s Choice’ Award by the Auckland Art Gallery for a collaborative installation within the Auckland art gallery as part of the ‘Off the Wall’ Exhibition. Cinzah was also invited to be a guest artist as part of the 2008 Malaysia ‘Meeting of Characters’ Graffiti art convention in Kuala Lumpur.
His work has been exhibited alongside some of New Zealand and the U.S best established artists such as Misery, The Cut Collective, Rob Tucker, Nigel Brown, Philip Clairmont, Michael Tuffery, Fatu Feeu, Greg Craola Simkins, Greg Manchester, Anton Petrov and many more. Cinzah is currently working as a freelance Illustrator represented by Watermark Ltd. At the moment Cinzah is working towards a Solo Art Exhibition in Auckland, a traveling street art tour throughout South East Asia, and another solo show in Tokyo, Japan.
Check out Cinzah’s work at various events during the Sweet Streets Festival including:
- The Award Exhibition: 8-24th Oct, 1000 Pound Bend
- Sweet Streets at BSG, group show at Brunswick Street Gallery: 8-21st Oct, with opening night 13th Oct
- Live street- mural painting (exact locations to be announced)