Ever since Michel Pietsch (born in 1970 in Lehrte, Germany) first took up a spray can under his alias Cren in 1989, writing has been the origin and basis of his artistic work. Based on his experiences as a graffiti painter, Cren considers writing as the central pillar of communication and as an essential everyday carrier of information. With his colour-intensive works, which range from graffiti to abstract painting, Cren has been extremely successful for years. He has already painted walls in more than 4 countries and on three continents with his lettering.
Cren breaks the established rules of typography by splitting the typeface into its individual letters and then reconstructing them as a whole.
The letters as the basis of the work are completed with graphic, expressionist or even figurative elements to form the final arrangement. The final works invite the viewer to question the first impression and to engage more intensively with the letters beneath them.
Cren works in a studio in Berlin-Köpenick. His works have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Paris, Barcelona, Cologne, Berlin and other places. Together with Akte One, Cren designed a space for the street art project "The Haus" in Berlin.