Prestige 40 Under 40: Mohammad Azlan Ramlan aka Ceno2, Graffiti Fine Artist
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Mohammad Azlan Ramlan aka Ceno2

33, “GRAFFITI FINE ARTIST”

Ceno2 doesn’t refer to himself as an artist. “I am just a person who does art,” he says. And it just happens to be Graffiti Fine Art, as he calls it. The 33‐year‐old’s street artworks, some across the façades of buildings a few storeys high, are so detailed that they look hand‐ painted with brushes when they are in fact created solely with spray paint.

He got his big break in 2012 when he was invited to Meeting Of Styles, an international graffiti event in Chicago. That led to him painting in various cities in Europe and the us, where he has proliferated hundreds of graffiti artworks. He may be well known in the international graffiti scene, but is perhaps less so here. One man’s street art is another man’s vandalised wall, and he shares that he has had brushes with the law here and now sticks to commissions. In a sweet twist of fate, the Singapore Police Force has commissioned him to paint a mural at Chong Pang, in a collaboration with the Orita Sinclair School of Design & Music.

These days, he’s mostly based in Singapore, working on projects with the People’s Association and group representation constituencies. It’s part of his efforts to educate the public about graffiti and change the oft‐negative perception of it. At the same time, because he did not initially have the support of his parents or his art teachers when he was starting out, he hopes to inspire young people to push boundaries and not let the naysayers stop them from pursuing their passions. “I don’t care about fame, but at the end of the day, I just want to show that Singaporeans can create art as well,” he says.

Ultimately, he wants his art to reach as many people as possible – the reason he sticks to street art, rather than exhibit in galleries. “I want my art to be something people chance upon, and for it to distract them from their problems, even if it is just for a second. The more I paint, the more I realise I like making people happy through my art.”