Shida /   Mik Shida

Australia 1990

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti

Mik Shida
December 3, 2014

Mik Shida is an Australian artist, born in 1990. He is best known for his large scale murals. Shida was interested in art since his early age but never had any formal art education. His involvement in Melbourne street art began in 2004 with work that can be seen in documentary titled RASH. Over time his work has become popular subject on international blogs covering street art.

Although he started his street art career in 2004, he says that he started painting properly in 2006. His inspiration during this period he found in artwork of various European artists that he had seen during his travels through Europe. Another source of inspiration for Shida was emerging stencil scene in Melbourne at that time. Shida has used almost every imaginable medium to create his art. He has done work on canvas, created sculptures, made stickers and painted colossal murals. As he says, he likes to paint anywhere he can get away with it. For his work he states: “Over time my pieces developed from doing quick continuous lines on the street, this then evolved as my works grew gradually larger and more intricate. The lines mimicked the movements of my body, using a spray can, which I then ran with, essentially utilizing my arm as a kind of a bodily protractor. My works continued to grow and now my style is just natural to me like speaking. I would best describe my style as expressive, psychedelic and fractal based.” In his opinion street art scene in Australia is of a higher caliber than anywhere else, and although he would say that they are under appreciated as a street artists, he is under a feeling that they are slowly breaking through. Shida started exhibiting his work since he was sixteen, and never had any other job. “I feel free, and I’m no one’s slave” he states. Painting murals on five continents, on various locations, sometimes he risked a lot for his art. He painted: “From New York where you can serve jail time for a sticker, São Paulo where strangers bring you food and beer all day just for doing their neighborhood a favor, jungle mountain tops in Cambodia, abandoned spy stations in Berlin, to the back alleys of Australia.”

Some of his more recent works include participation in the Galeria Urban Forms large format street project in Łódź, Poland in 2012, where he painted a five-story mural over twelve days. He has also been involved in multi-story mural projects in Phuket, Chicago, Berlin, Vienna, Brisbane, Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Mik Shida currently lives in Łódź, Poland.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Inner MythsBackwoods Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2014MythographiesBrisbane Powerhouse, BrisbaneSolo
2013SpiritsBlake House Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
2013Ecstasy in the AbyssBackwoods Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2013Higher PlanesTate Gallery, SydneySolo
2012Crystals of the ColossusInoperable Gallery, ViennaSolo
2011Nec Spe Nec MetuNine Lives Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
2011Crystals of the ColossusUntil Never Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2011Finding ParadiseComb Gallery, Gold CoastSolo
2009Fate’s FantasyInoperable Gallery, ViennaSolo
2009Crystals of the ColossusCylinder Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
2008Shida 2Cylinder Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
2007Shida 1Cylinder Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
2014InterrobangNo Vacancy Gallery, MelbourneGroup
2013King Brown, launch exhibitionKlughaus Gallery, New YorkGroup
2013Neon GoldenAbove Second Gallery, Hong KongGroup
201112 x 12Ambush Gallery, SydneyGroup
2011OutpostCockatoo Island, SydneyGroup
2010Stroke 0.2Urban Art Fair, MunichGroup