Nico Krijno‘s photographs have a singular aesthetic, a wonderful juxtaposition of objects, rich colours and textures that give his work a sexual undertone, a magic realism that is utterly addictive. It’s as if he plunges headlong into the bright African day – he’s South African – and throws everything, life and reality, out of the closet and into his own hyper reality. Everything he shoots whether it be car parts on heavily patterned fabrics, beautiful girls covered in tropical fruit or dizzy tiles in a pool have his distinct surreal mark on it.
The main subject of Krijno’s work is his girlfriend who seems to delight in being the subject for his intuitive, emotional connection to life. The two work so well together in creating a world that seems so alive, colourful, exciting and full of possibility. His work makes the everyday so wonderfully unique. If you want to know how to use colour then look no further. Here’s a statement from his website:
Nico Krijno started taking photos at a very young age while growing up in a small town in the South African semi desert, before venturing to Cape Town to pursue his career in photography and film, using commercial, fashion & architectural commissions to support an independent, fine-art practice. Krijno’s subject matter is wildly eclectic; sausages and carrots on a blindingly bright tropical shirt or a schoolgirl holding a snake sit alongside one of several portraits of his muse and girlfriend Mignonne. His photographs are at once hyper-real and otherworldly, with humour, sexual innuendo and surreality present in equal measure. Raw as well as magical, the work contains a dirty realism he is beginning to make his own.
Here’s what he has to say about photography:
I’m into imagery and moods more than the idea of ‘photography’ as a fixed genre. I’m not very comfortable with categories generally. Photography is certainly more instant than the other mediums I use to tell stories – films and music. I live in South Africa, a bizarrely magical country. Wherever you turn, something strange and beautiful unfolds.