Growing up in an artistic household, graphic designer and creative director Kimou Meye, didn’t have much choice but to follow suit. “Both of my parents were architects, and because it was a Swiss household, my family was passionate about minimal design,” he explained in an interview with The Great Discontent.
Growing up, the Swiss-born creative used to hang out in his parents’ woodshop. “I spent time drawing with my brother and making things out of wood,” he recalled. It was there, in his parents’ shop that he formed the first connection with the world of art and illustration.
But as he grew up, so did his passion for all things creative. Having worked for the past 10 years with almost all the key players in New York’s brand underground, Meye draws on his classical training and outsider’s perspective to develop an iconic graphic language and style.
His art is an inspiring mixture that includes anything from digital illustrations and murals to sneaker design and sculpting. “I believe risk-taking is more about daring to try something new,” he says. “You don’t want to be pigeonholed as the person who’s only known for one thing.”
There’s no shortage of creativity on his Instagram page. Here’s a taste: