The streets of Jungbusch in Mannheim Germany are hot and sweaty. Not just because it is summer, but also because the Austrian artists NYCHOS is in town. Or at least, he was at the end of June 2021 for the annual STADT.WAND.KUNST (SWK) open-air mural festival. Attracting attention from not only the locals, SWK​ also beeps on the radars of street art audiences worldwide. Rolling out the red carpet as it does for all its artists, SWK ensured that all NYCHOS had to concentrate on was doing what he does best. Painting world classed murals with his broad spectrum of Montana BLACK and GOLD can colors.

The making of “Primal Truth”

In a recent post that went live on the Montana-Cans blog at the start of July, NYCHOS’s statement, “I belong to myself again”, was clarified as we learned about the path of self-development and self-realization NYCHOS had been on to reach the point he had arrived at to achieve his mural titled, “PRIMAL TRUTH“. Although transparent in nature, this artwork steers away from some of the gruesomeness in the anatomically orientated work he is famous for. With PRIMAL TRUTH”, NYCHOS brings his creative and spiritual self into a new light.

Captured on film, we are now able to see the unfolding of the mural through the lens of the moving image. Seeing the scale, challenges, and achievements of the work in progress. On the flat black background of the multi-story house facade, ​the painting explores the connection between man and nature, displaying it as something positive, and not connected to fear. As NYCHOS mentioned in our post on July 1st, “This has become a very personal mural”. In his own opinion coming full circle, NYCHOS not only created an artwork that reflects where his mindset is but also being able to do it with his favorite medium the spray can, which is the only tool that can keep up with the speed of his mind. It took 3 consecutive days to complete Primal Truth, with his long-term friend David Leitner. Primal Truth projects the idea of man and animals experiencing healing together. Something to give us hope in a time where all we hear about is viruses, tragedies, and death.


Photography by Alexander Krziwanie / MontanaCansText by René van Kan