Introducing Aslan Malik
EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF THE HYPE
PIXOMONDO’S Design Boutique in Shanghai
I always searched for beauty.
As a child, growing up in Berlin, I lived across the Berlin wall. Graffiti was the first art form I experienced and there was nothing like it. Those letters meant the world to me. It was the first thing I fell in love with.
Looking at some pieces gave me absolute peace and tuned out the noise surrounding me. To this day, when I see old pictures, I can recreate a memory of what I felt back then looking at them.
Growing up I watched dozens of movies each week. At times 3 or 4 movies a day.
Growing up I watched dozens of movies each week. At times 3 or 4 movies a day.Car Wash,Shaft,The Tango In Paris,Barfly,Taxi Driver,Annie Hall,Once Upon A Time In America. I think those movies had a profound impact on how I want to see the world.
I create less than I recreate. I create for a living but I recreate to live. There is this altered and adapted version I have of those things I’d seen growing up. I want to participate in those memories others let me experience. Whether it came from music, literature or movies. All of them still have a profound impact on my work and on me as a person.
I wanted to study Art ever since I can remember.
I prepared myself for a life in poverty because the common perception of an artist was just that.
But I studied design instead and managed to make a living.
When I was 14 my brother brought a DJ set home and I used to sneak into his room when he wasn’t there to play his records. For the next ten years, there was nothing but DJing and Graffiti for me.
I realized to become as good as I wanted to be I had to concentrate on visual art and stop DJing. I’m working as a Creative Director with a focus on Motion Design. Besides that, I have my Illustrations, Graphic design, and Photography. Therefore I consider myself a visual Artist.
In 2009 I decided to leave Berlin in order to move to Japan. I spent some months in Shanghai due to an invitation and created some connections. Soon after I moved to Tokyo the big earthquakes happened and I left the country to ultimately end up in New York with a couple of other places in the meantime. I worked for Pixo as a freelancer for a couple of years until I was offered to help set up a design Boutique in Shanghai in 2014.
The plan is to go back to New York after it can run by itself and open another boutique in Brooklyn.
My name is Aslan Malik.