Gen Atem, aka Gen-U-One, is a pioneer of the European urban art movement. His works in the early 80ies, paintings on subway trains and walls, and live performances in public areas were important in establishing the European street art culture. With his home base in Zurich, he’s been active in Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Barcelona. During the 80ies he lived in New York City where he realized several exhibitions and performances.
After graduating from the school of graphic arts, Gen Atem studied eastern calligraphy, philosophy and meditation in a Buddhist monastery for seven years and received the Zen priest ordination. Gen Atem is an international active artist with an impressive résumé of exhibitions and performances. He works and lives in Zurich, Switzerland.