Born in 1970 - Germany


Michel "Cren" Pietsch, born in April 1970, grew up as the son of a Frenchwoman and a German in Lehrte near Hannover. In his childhood and youth, he visited the French part of his family with his parents on a regular basis. So not only his family’s roots are in the French Departement du Nord and in Lower Saxony in Northern Germany, but also his artistic beginnings.

Today, Cren lives in Berlin and currently works in a studio in the former GDR broadcasting centre in Berlin-Köpenick.

On the train rides to France in the early eighties Cren encountered the hip-hop culture for the first time when he discovered the emerging graffitis along the railway track. Fascinated by the graffitis, he began to design his own letterings shortly afterwards – in the beginning with pens on paper. In 1989, he used a spray can for the first time. Since then, he has painted walls with his letterings in more than 14 countries and on three continents. In his 25-year career, he incorporates the impressions from his various journeys and from the exchange with numerous artists in the development of his calligraphic compositions on various image carriers.

Lettering is Cren’s great passion. It is the origin and until now the basis of his artistic work. The intention of his work is to inspire the observer to a thoughtful scrutiny of letterings. Cren breaks the common rules of typography by breaking down the lettering in single letters. Then, he modifies and structures them according to his individual rules in order to re-construct them in an aesthetic cumulation of the single letters as a new composition.

In the following spontaneous artistic process, Cren completes the letters as basis of the work through combining them with graphic, expressionistic or concrete elements, resulting in the final arrangement. By merging different components - and the resulting extension of the lettering - his letters appear as abstract elements at first sight and not directly as letters. For the untrained eye, the lettering does not appear as part of the composition. Cren’s works invite the observer to question the first impression and to delve into it more intensively in order to let the letters become present and tangible.

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Gruppenaustellung “Stadtbesetzung”- Städtische Gallerie im Park- Viersen
Group exhibition “Morceaux de Rue”- Gallerie Wallworks - Paris
Group exhibition “This is Street-Art"- Museum of Callella - Barcelona
Group exhibition “Villette Street”- Parc de la Villette - Paris

Group exhibition “Urban Heroes” - Kooperative K Hagen
Group exhibition “Dirty Works V” - 30Works Galerie Köln
Group exhibition “Berlin Graphic Days” - Urban Spree Galerie Berlin
Group exhibition “Pièces Détachées” - Galerie Wallworks Paris
Group exhibition “Urban Art Clash” - Urban Spree Gallery Berlin

Group exhibition “Intérieur Rue” - Galerie Wallworks Paris
Group exhibition - Cons Space 002 Berlin
Solo exhibition - La Bohéme Gallery Deauville France
Group exhibition “The Circle Show” - Urban Spree Gallery Berlin
Group exhibition “Mini meets Urban Art” - BMW World Munich
Group exhibition “Urban Art Clash” - Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin-Mitte

Solo exhibition - Cube Berlin-Neukölln
Solo exhibition - Bürgerhaus am Schlaatz Potsdam
Group exhibition “Graffiti on Vinyl” - Zollamt Stuttgart
Solo exhibition “The Fence” - Yard5 Berlin

Group exhibition “Hallenkunst 2011” - Chemnitz
Group exhibition “Subway Maps” - Galerie Mathgoth Paris
Group exhibition “Orderly Madness” - de Lichtfabriek te Haarlem
Group exhibition “Stroke Spezial-Tag” - UrbanArt Messe Postbahnhof Berlin
Group exhibition “Graffiti on Vinyl” - Lebensmittelladen Magdeburg
Group exhibition “Neuköllner Hängung II” - Michaela Helfrich Galerie Berlin
Group exhibition “40 ans de pressionnisme” L´art du graffiti
collection of the French architect Alain Gallizia - Grimaldi Forum Monaco

Group exhibition “Chair Affair” - Kesselhaus Galerie Lahr
Group exhibition “Berlin Choreography of a city” - Forum Factory Berlin

Part of SNNC “Black and white - Tour” exhibition

Group exhibition “Le Tag”
collection of the French architect Alain Gallizia - Grand Palais Paris

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