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niels shoe meulman

Known as "Shoe", Meulman is a visual artist, known for his gestural paintings which reveal vivid traces of Graffiti and Calligraphy. He revolutionized the art of writing when he initiated the Calligraffiti movement, claiming “a word is an image and writing is painting”.

Being a graffiti pioneer from Amsterdam, Shoe worked with New York counterparts like Dondi White, Rammellzee and Keith Haring in the 1980s. Equally influenced by the great painters of Abstract Expressionism, he gradually found his own way to translate street attitude to gallery walls. Experimenting within the traditional medium of paint-on-canvas, but also unafraid to venture into new realms like conceptual installations and poetry, Niels Shoe Meulman keeps pushing the limits of Urban Contemporary.


2017 Unidenticals and Reverse Paintings, Galerie Droste, Wuppertal, DE
2016 Nissa la Bella, GCA gallery, Nice, FR Uncontrolled Substances, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, NL
2014 The Unearthly Paintings, White Walls gallery, San Francisco, US Shoegazing, A4LW gallery, Soest, DE Shoe at Flow, Make Your Mark gallery, Helsinki, FI
2013 Unism, White Walls gallery, San Francisco, US Unbelieve, Unit 44 gallery, Newcastle, UK
2012 Upside Down, Saatchi & Saatchi gallery, Auckland, NZ Justified Scriptures, 941 Geary gallery, San Francisco, US 2011 Calligraffiti, Arty Farty Gallery, Cologne, DE
2010 Throw-Ups, Arkitip project space, Los Angeles, US 2009 Le Miroir Vivant, Tenue de Nîmes, Amsterdam, NL 2008 Different Strokes, Rush Hour, Amsterdam, NL
2007 Calligraffiti, Post BG, Amsterdam, NL


Oesh, Black Rainbow gallery, Paris, FR
2018 art is where the heart is Vol.1, Galerie Droste, Paris, FR
2016 Work in Progress, St+Art, New Delhi, IN Brick to Canvas, Tinney Gallery, Nashville, US
2015 Surface, Allouche Gallery, New York, US Abstract Vandalism, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, NL New York Meets The Dam, The Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam, NL
2014 Urbanism, Moscow Museum, Moscow, RU Alphabet Show, White Walls gallery, San Francisco, US Crime Time Kings, Unruly Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
2013 Calligraffiti 1984/2013, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, US Caleidoscoop, Dutch pavilion in Wyn- wood, Miami, US
2012 Comma, Pallazo della Penna, Perugia, IT &friends, Galerie Le Feuvre, Paris, FR
2011 Off Canvas, Beijing, CN
2009 Flying Eyeball, London, UK