Forward Festival - Zurich 2017

Forward Festival for creativity, design and communication brings together the best international and local creative heads, who provide insights into their success stories in an exciting atmosphere.

The conference, the centerpiece of the festival is in English and accompanied by various side events, such as workshops, networking events and after parties. The festival takes place from 17 – 18 June 2017 at FREITAG F-actory in Zurich.

Amongst the participant, Nychos and Niklaus Troxler will have a speech on Saturday 17.

The Austrian urban art and graffiti illustrator Nychos has been part of the international art scene for more than 15 years now. He is well known for his huge and technically outstanding art pieces in the urban environment as well as being part of gallery exhibitions.

Raised in a traditional Austrian hunting family, death and dissection were daily business for Nychos. The proximity to animal viscera had a profound effect on him visually. He explores the theme in different styles like dissection, cross section and translucency – pushing it to playful extremes.

Recent murals in San Francisco, Miami and New York make him one of the most sought-after artists.

Nychos’ paintings and drawings have been exhibited in galleries worldwide, including several solo exhibitions (e.g. Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, Julian Kolly Gallery in Zurich, Open Space in Paris, …)

The works on canvas serve as unique compliments to his massive public works that give character to cities all over the world.

Nychos currently lives and works out of Rabbit Eye Movement, his studio and art space located in Vienna, Austria.

In 1966 Niklaus Troxler had the utterly insane idea of introducing avant-garde to rural Switzerland, by founding Jazz Festival Willisau and creating a concomitant graphic œuvre. Had he obtained a political, cultural and economical feasibility study in advance, the project would have seemed beyond all hope of ever having a chance. However, with his entrepreneurial spirit and design talent, he achieved to make the festival one of the most important in this sector.

Niklaus’ posters can be seen at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum New York and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam amongst others.

He has succeeded in merging the two domains of music and graphic design. His inspiration comes from meeting the musicians themselves and transforming the rhythms and sounds into beautifully designed posters. The characteristic themes and formal elements repeat themselves in a recognizable visual order, parallels to Pop Art and Surrealism can be found.