How & Nosm
New York City, USA
How and Nosm (Raoul and Davide Perre), are identical twin brothers known for their large scale graffiti based murals that adorn city walls around the world. The red, black, and white-based imagery is instantly recognizable and commands attention through the impressive size and the intricate detail. Initially the color palette was limited for practicality, but instead has become a distinct calling card and formal choice that has allowed these artists to push spray paint to a new level.
Born in Spain, German in heritage, and currently residing in New York, their influence appropriately extends internationally. The limited palette and complicated compositions in all of their works are visually mesmerizing, but once the viewer is over the magnitude of the accomplishment, the activities within the Work keep you coming back for more. Their stylized characters seem friendly, but while looking carefully, the viewer realizes that they are involved in some very dark activities. Alcoholism, betrayal, abuse of power, and other dysfunctional themes within society are ongoing. As you peel back one layer, another story is revealed that further complicates the message and meaning. They create a world that appears very dim and dark yet it is treated with respect – it's as though a mirror is being held up to society, a dizzying effect that requires patience and time to unwind.
The aerosol can is paramount in all their public works and is the essential ingredient they use to raise this imagery to new levels. Precise execution and determination is what has driven them. Their style is essentially who they are as artists and people, and a grittiness is hidden beneath their nuanced layers of thoughtful design and bold form.