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ABOUT TIKA

TIKA is the visual language of self-taught artist Maja Hürst. The recognizable universe of shapes and textures originate in the broad nosed character which Hürst has first drawn in 2003 while she was working as grafic designer in Mexico DF. The imagery is a discourse of aspects of todays global society and the nearly forgotten traditions and sagas of the past. The strictly regulated way of living in modern megacities is catalyzed into reduced grafic shapes on grid precision, filled with savagely applied textures and scratches through layers of dust, paint and history reminding of wild vintage tropicalism. Abstract human figures interweave with animals and objects to let our day to day life joust with our human inheritage of tales and symbols. It reminds of the circles of eternal vanity and leaves a hint of myth.

Maja Hürst is constantly traveling, never based longer than a few month at one place. Currently she lives as artist in residence in Bangkok and is based between Berlin, Rio de Janeiro and Zürich. The nomad was born in Switzerland in 1978. Raised in Cairo and Cologne, the ancient remnants of the pharaoes and romans have had a deep impact and sparked a great interest in history and mythology from early age on. After wanting to become an archeologist, circus acrobat, mermaid, farmer, architect or sientific illustrator she received her diploma with nomination at the ZHdK in Visual Communication in 2004. Deeply rooted in d.i.y. culture she had a grafic design studio with friends where she focused on manual multiplying techniques like wood- or linocut, silkscreenprint and stencils. She experimented with any material going throuh her hands, like cloth or toiletpaper, testing if it can be squeezed through a laserprinter. Mainly working on flyers, posters and illustration for Zürichs party, skate and squat scene her love for hip-hop and dancehall made her to start to dj under the moniker Chiri Moya. Out of her curiosity for other dayjobs she has also worked as bike messenger, pizzaiola and snowboard instructor, spending the nights painting walls and such which she has started in the late 90ies. Since 2007 she is fulltime focusing on studiying and producing artworks. 

TIKA can be found as building bracing murals in Cape Town, Cologne, Atlanta, Sofia, Bangkok, The Gambia, Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, Berlin, Alexandria, Zürich, to name a few. On canvas, burned in wood or painted behind glass, Maja Hürst's studiowork has been on display at various solo- and group expositions at museums and galleries around the world. 



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CURRENT / FUTURE

01 resindency, Toot Yung Art Center, Bangkok — 04
04 24 Fruit Salad, Party, Jam Club, Bangkok
04 25 artisttalk, catalouge release, Toot Yung Art Center, Bangkok
04 05 SAWATIKA, solo exposition, Toot Yung Art Center, Bangkok — 05 20
04 30 mural festival, Zürich
05 mural festival, Brugg 10 — 11
05 15 group show, Die Kunstagentin, Cologne — 07 31
05 mural festival, Wittenberg 16 — 18
05 30 AQUATIKA, solo exposition, Ahoi Ahoi, Basel — 07 01
06 19 Wasserschlacht & Party, Basel
06 28 AKROBATIKA, solo exposition, Gartenflügel, Ziegelbrücke
09 mural festival, Winterthur 11 — 14



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SOLO EXPOSITIONS

2011
08 RABIESTIKA, Neonchocolate, Berlin
04 TIKATHEK, Skalizers Gallery, Berlin
02 KAPTIKA, /A Word Of Art Space, Cape Town

2010
05 RIO TIKA, La Cucaracha, Rio de Janeiro

2008
10 RIOT IKA, Supalife, Berlin
06 ANIMALISTIKA, Inoperable Gallery, Vienna
03 HELVETIKA, Hana Zuki, Amsterdam



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GROUP EXPOSITIONS

2014
02 Art To Go No3, Ahoi Ahoi, Basel

2013
12 Reclaim Your City, Berlin
12 Art To Go No2, Ahoi Ahoi, Basel
09 Cityleaks, Cologne
08 Die Weinhalde, Küsnacht
08 Placebo 2, Büro Discount, Zürich
08 Viva Con Agua, Basel
08 The Circle Show, Urban Spree Gallery, Berlin
05 Stägehuus, curation & participation, in a stairway, Zürich
03 Bukruk, Art & Culture Center, Bangkok

2012
12 Rede Nami, Rio de Janeiro
11 Art To Go, Le Magaz-1, Basel
08 Ilovit, Copenhagen Art Festival, Copenhagen
08 Living Walls Conference, Atlanta G.A.
07 Get Freaky, Above Second Gallery, Hong Kong
06 Street Print, Galerie Modul, Kunsthalle Dresden,
06 Zwicky, Fällanden
04 TNT - an everyday changing expo, Zürich
03 Knock On Wood, Schau Fenster, Berlin
02 Get Freaky Tour, Le Micro Marché, Bruxelles
01 Get Freaky Tour, Le Monde Moderne, Lille

2011
12 Dia dos Muertos, Homegrown, Rio de Janeiro
12 Lessing groupshow, Zürich
12 Get Freaky Tour, L'Hotel de Guines, Arass
10 Reclaim your City, U-bhf Mehringdamm, Berlin
09 Art Cycle 5, Inoperable Gallery, Vienna
05 Papergirl, Milk Gallery, Istanbul
04 Swiss Caracter Design, Büro Discount, Zürich
04 Very Contemporary, Proger Bern
01 Guten Tag, /A Word Of Art space, Cape Town

2010
12 Le Grande Finale, ATM Gallery, Berlin
11 Optativo, West Berlin Gallery, Berlin
10 Stroke 0.3, Soon Art Gallery, Berlin
09 Art Cycle 4, Inoperable Gallery, Vienna
09 Reclaim Your City, Neurotitan Gallery, Berlin
06 Papergirl, Neurotitan Gallery, Berlin

2009
12 Salon Schwarzenberg, Neurotitan Galerie, Berlin
11 Go get your shinebox, Brooklynite Gallery, New York
11 Gentrification, Visarte Kunstetage, Zürich
10 Jungkunst, Winterthur
09 Art Cycle 3, Inoperable Gallery, Vienna
09 Old Skoolin' for the Children Art Whino, Washington DC
07 Freak Revolt, WIR Gallery, Berlin
07 Papergirl, Alte Post Neukölln, Berlin
06 Urban Affairs, Stadtbad Wedding, Berlin
01 Social Responsability Department, Schmuck Inc., Zürich

2008
09 Gruppenausstellung, Binz, Zürich
09 Very Contemporary, Stadtgalerie, Proger, Bern
03 2 years inoperable, Inoperable Gallery, Vienna
01 Permanent Gallery, Art Whino, Washington

2007
12 From... To…, Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles
07 Cocido Madrileño, Rojo Máquina Gallery, Madrid
02 Auswärts Zuhause, Jeunesse 6, Montpellier

2006
12 Woostercollective, 11 Spring Street, New York
11 Dia de los Muertos, Miss Hecker, Berlin
09 Brandwagen, Wiener Arsenal, Vienna
05 (ob)session, Gravis, Sofia
04 TGS worldwide, First Ladies, Zürich
02 Strange Creatures, Kuala Lumpur 

2005
04 Handmade, ZHdK Plakatsammlung, Zürich

2004
06 VK Diplomausstellung ZHdK, Zürich

2003
09 Collectiva, Centro Cultural, Mexico D.F.

2002
03 Wiesenzimmer, DUDA-Haus, Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich
02 Jeder kann Malen, solo, Galerie Limmatstrasse, Zürich

2001
12 Velcrofoto, solo, Walthi, Zürich



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MURALS / PROJECTS

1014
02 Bananas, Bangkok
01 Big Zis & TIKA, ep2/3 release, Helsinki Klub, Zürich
 
2013
12 Gentrification Monster, reclaim your city, Berlin
12 Verein Zitrone, on and behind glass painting, Altstetten
12 Velocitta, shutter painting, Zürich
11 TIKA skull, wallpainting, Zürich
11 Weingeist, wall & ceiling painting, privat residency, Höngg
10 Tim & Puma Mimi, woodcut for Flexirecord
09 Dog Days, mural, Cologne
09 Queen Of The Night, mural, Cologne
08 Rabenmädchen, shutter painting, Sonic Records, Zürich
07 KONTIKA, building a raft with friends, Berlin
07 Wave Festival, workshop & livepainting, Aubange
07 Sommer, mural, Zürich
06 several murals, Lisboa
02 Four Lotustrees, mural, BACC, Bangkok

2012
12 Big Zis & TIKA, ep1/3 release, Binz, Zürich
11 Binz Flag, with August Blum, Zürich
11 MORTALISTIKA, wax installation, White Squat, Zürich
10 Der Sommer stirbt jedes Jahr für den Winter, mural, Zürich
10 Argosleo, Skulpturenpark, Fällanden
09 Staibock & Hirtin, mural 7x2m, Chur
09 Binz bliibt Binz, mural, Zürich
09 Egghead, with Rimon Guimarães, mural, Zürich
09 Museumsnacht, mural 25x6m, Morant, St. Gallen
08 Mrs. Wendal, mural 100x20m, Center Stage, Atlanta, G.A.
07 ANIMALISTIKA, performance, Museumsquartier Vienna
07 Creation, minivan painting, Vienna
06 Birebaum, ceiling painting 7x25m, Restaurant Feldberg, Basel
05 Bird Tree, mural, Wallpainting Exchange, Goethe Institut, Sofia
02 Deu Zebra, mural 7x5m, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro
02 Graffiteiras Soltando Os Bixos, mural 8x8m, Cedim, Rio de Janeiro

2011
12 Zürich–West painting, Tiefbauamt Stadt Zürich
11 Wash Project, Viva Con Agua, Hamburg
09 Ridin' the animal within you, mural 18x3m, Bicycle Film Festival, Vienna
09 Steffi (&) the Swan, mural 2x9m, Naschmarkt, Vienna
08 Aeterna Vanitas, mural 20x7m, Grabowsee, Berlin
07 Ikarus sister, mural 20x12m, Parque del Sol, St. Pölten
06 Manegg, floor- & wallpainting 10x10x10m, Zürich
06 Wide Open Walls, various murals, Makasutu, Gambia
05 Stadtmusikanten, with Kowalski, mural 2x5m, Istanbul
05 Isis, crocodile & papyrusboat, mural 15x6m, Alexandria
03 Museumsnacht, livepainting, Kunsthaus Zürich
03 Woodstock Peacock, mural 5x5m, Cape Town
02 Lion & Peacock, mural 5x25m, Cape Town

2010
10 Partyanimals, mural 20x7m, Club Maria am Ostbahnhof, Berlin
06 Papergirl, mural 9x9m Neurotitan, Berlin
06 Scope, livepainting, Art Basel
04 Arvol Da Morte, ceiling- & wallpainting, privat residency, Buenos Aires
03 guerreiras soltando os bixos, mural 40x4m Salvador da Bahia
01 Waldmannli, mural 6x2m, privat residency, Sedrun

2009
12 Wolpertika, ceilling, floor & wallpainting, Gängeviertel, Hamburg
10 Uhu & Kerbel, mural 20x6m, privat residency, Netstal
09 We love Velove, with Lelo, mural 10x3m, Bicycle Film Festival, Vienna
08 Garden Secret, mural 1.5x3m, privat residency, Wallisellen
06 Goatflu, mural 5x3m goat, farm, Berner Oberland
06 Velove, with Bera White, mural, Creaturefest, Belgiardino, Lodi
05 Inoperable at Le Meridien, livepinting, Vienna
05 Coffee, mural, Henrici Cafe, Zürich

2008
08 I Luv Langstrass, Installation, Message Salon, Zürich
08 Heart & Hands, with Bera White, mural, Creaturefest, Belgardino, Lodi
02 Officewall, with M8, mural, Munich

2006
08 Grünipiraten, with M8, mural, privat residency, Berlin
01 Amzone, with Elak & Enta, mural, Overspray office, New York

2005
09 Dresser, with Enta, Jamarico, Winterthur



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COLLECTIONS / RESIDENCIES

2013
11 Sunne / Blueme, Collection Kanton Zürich
06-08 Residency, Die Weinhalde, Küsnacht

2012
07 Residency, Museumsquartier, Vienna 
06 Velove edition, Collection Kanton Zürich

2011
03 Residency, A Word Of Art through Pro Helvetia, Cape Town

2009
11 Residency, Kunstetage through Visarte, Zürich

2005
04 Plakatsammlung, ZHdK, Zürich



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EDUCATION

2004
06 Master, University of Art and Design Zürich, ZHdK



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