Ceno2 wants Singapore to see graffiti as fine art

Having gained fame as graffiti artist overseas, he wants to help create ‘distinct S’pore style’

(Monday 14 March 2016) It is odd to be recognised by strangers in the world’s major cities but not in your own backyard. For Mr Mohammad Azlan Ramlan, this is the norm. Mr Azlan, or Ceno2 as he is better known, is a 30-year-old Singaporean graffiti artist. While not a familiar face in Singapore, he is well known internationally, having done hundreds of graffiti artworks in cities such as Chicago and New York.

He visits Chicago up to three times a year and had his work exhibited there in 2014. He has also been

featured on street art websites, such as London Calling Blog.

After his O levels, Ceno2 went to the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) to study Western painting. He got his first break at 18, when Popular Bookstore invited him to paint at its Bras Basah Complex branch. He then went on to pursue graffiti full time after his national service. He was first invited to paint overseas in 2012 for an international graffiti event in Chicago and, since then, has been a regular on the international graffiti scene.

Over the years he has developed his own brand of graffiti, which he calls Graffiti Fine Art.

Media: ST Home, page B7

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