Gen Atem

Born in 1970 - Switzerland


Gen Atem, alias Gen-U-One, is a pioneer of European street art. His work from the early 80?s, paintings on metro trains and on walls, and live shows in public places in Zurich, Paris, Barcelona, Copenhagen and many other cities played an important role in the establishment of the European culture of street art.

During the 80s, he has lived in New York, where he has had several exhibitions and performances with Rammellzee, a pioneer and an old member of the hip-hop culture school and an artist known internationally.

After graduating from his graphic arts studies, Gen Atem has studied eastern philosophy, meditation and calligraphy in a Buddhist monastery for seven years and has become a Zen-priest. His street art experience and his relationship to the eastern philosophy inspire his work constantly.

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“Transformed by Intention”, Annasatoko gallery, Istanbul (Turquie)
“Die Grenzwelt”, performance, Zukunft Club Zurich (Suisse)


“Organic Structures”, Annasaktoo gallery, Istanbul (Turquie)
“In the name of…”, performance, Annasatoko gallery, Istanbul (Turquie)
“Die Grenzwelt”, performance, Zukunft Club Zurich (Suisse),
Stroke, Urban Art Fair, Munich (Allemagne)
“Hurt” , performance, Helmhaus Museum Zurich (Suisse)
“Container”, performance, Spunk Culture Club, Zurich (Suisse)
“Similitudes”, Galerie Ziegler, Zurich (Suisse)
“The Aerosol Experience”, Zurich (Suisse)

“Experience”, Galerie Ziegler, Zurich (Suisse)
“5/1”, Il Rivellino Art Gallery, Locarno (Suisse)
“Uberpush”, Offspace Pfauen, Zurich (Suisse)
“Gen Atem vs. Anthony Chrétien”, Il Rivellino Art Gallery, Locarno (Suisse)
“Executions”, Milk Gallery, Istanbul (Turquie)
“How to Execute a Sentence”, performance, Milk Gallery, Istanbul (Turquie)

“Meditated Vandalism”, Galerie Parzelle, Basel (Suisse)
“Existence”, performance, Galerie Parzelle, Basel (Suisse)
“Delete”, Starkart Gallery, Zurich (Suisse)

“Pages”, Blamblam Gallery, Zurich (Suisse)
“Going over pages”, performance, Blamblam Gallery, Zurich (Suisse)
“Give and take”, performance, University of Arts Zurich (Suisse)
“Stark Art”, Starkart Gallery, Zurich (Suisse)

“Istanbul”, Johann Jacobs Museum, Zurich (Suisse)

“Anarchy and Aerosol”, Historic Museum Baden (Suisse)

“Confession of a Monk”, Gallery 210, Zurich (Suisse)
“Shadows and Dust”, performance, New York City (USA), Berlin (Allemagne),
Moscou (Russie), Le Caire (Egypte) et Hong Konk

“Exercises in Self Presentation”, Eigen+Art Gallery, New York City (USA)
“Time Train”, performance, University of Medicine Zurich (Suisse)
“The Team”, performance, Moods Club Zurich (Suisse)

“Time Stoppers, Knotted Minds, Ikonoklast Panzerism”, SMS Gallery, New York City (USA)
“Kunstszene Zurich”, Galerie Susi Brunner, Zurich (Suisse)
“Sons of Sludge 5-0”, Rote Fabrik Aktionshalle, Zurich (Suisse)

“Strategy of the Unreadable”, SRO Gallery, Zurich (Suisse)
“Letter Formation Functions”, performance, SRO Gallery Zurich (Suisse)

“The Gargoylian Books of Stock”, performance, Yaki Kornblit Gallery, Amsterdam (Pays-Bas), SMS Gallery, New York City (USA)
“Echos of Wild Style”, Kunsthaus Oerlikon Zurich (Suisse)
“Graffiti is Dead”, performance, State of Zurich, Head Office of

“Retrospective of the Equation”, SMS Gallery, New York City (USA)
“Style Mentalities”, Galerie Artagogo, Zurich (Suisse)

“Whirl”, performance, City of Zurich, Departement of Culture (Suisse)

“Wild Writers”, City of Zurich, Public Transport Authority (Suisse)

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