by Gen Atem (aka Gen-U-One) and Miriam Bossard
Acclaimed Swiss artist Gen Atem (aka Gen-U-One) has been a pioneer of the European Urban Art Movement since 1982 beginning with public graffiti art. In the mid-eighties he got acquainted with „Old School“ graffiti legends Phase Two, Futura, Noc167, Dondie, Seen, and finally Rammellzee, who became his mentor. Until 1994 Gen Atem and Rammellzee collaborated on several art performances and exhibitions in New York and Amsterdam.
From the mid-nineties, Gen Atem studied the philosophy and aesthetics of Zen Buddism which climaxed when he entered a Buddhist monastery and became a Zen monk. This influenced an art form which he today defines as Meditated Vandalism. Gen Atem has had numerous exhibitions and art performances in New York, Amsterdam, Paris, Zurich, Istanbul and Tokyo. He is also the author of the book The Four Noble Truths, An Introduction To Buddhist Philosophy And Meditation as well as the founder of the artist groups Wild Writers and Attacking Vandalism Criminals. In 2014, he released his solo album Not Here. He lives and works as an artist and Zen teacher in Zurich, Switzerland.