“Nik Kosmas is a Shanghai-based artist inspired by world energy, and the different forces pushing and pulling at the axis mundi. His cartoons are symbols that evoke the clashes of world visions and energies that are happening today. As parallel visions of cynicism and hope, good and evil collide in a standoff. With death and destruction of cities attached to clearly distinct visions, Kosmas brings these dichotomies to us in the familiar format of cartoons. Nik Kosmas is Big World Energy.”
— Jacob Dreyer
Nik Kosmas (b. 1985, Minneapolis, US) is genre blending-artist based in Shanghai. His work is a physical, emotional, and spiritual journey through technology, human experience, suffering, and growth. Science fiction, sports practice and science, sex and psychology are fertile fields of research and inspiration. He has collaborated with brands such as Balenciaga and exhibited in spaces such as the New Museum in New York and participated in the 9th Berlin Biennale and The Internet Pavilion (PadiglioneInternet) in the occasion of the 53rd Venice Biennale. Other exhibitions include “Post-Internet Art” at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing; “Emerald City”at the K11 Art Museum in Hong Kong; König Galerie in Berlin (2021), Woaw Gallery in Hong Kong (2021); BANK Gallery in Shanghai (2021), Temnikova & Kasela Gallery in Estonia (2020); Alyssa Davis Gallery in New York (2019); Hacienda Zürich in Switzerland (2015 & 2016). Nik Kosmas was formerly half of post-internet duo AIDS-3D, which was significant in creating the category of post-Internet art, and whose work is collected by institutions such as Kunstverein Hannover. He is also a guest editor of a special section on Numero in Berlin, which was published in May 2021.
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