Niels Shoe Meulman is an internationally known artist and graphic designer. He was born, raised and based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Meulman began tagging ‘Shoe’ in 1979 and became a graffiti legend by the time he was 18. In the Eighties he met New York artists like Dondi, Rammellzee, Haze, Quik and Keith Haring. He then formed the ‘Crime Time Kings’ with Bando from Paris and Mode2 from London. Together they gave graffiti in Europe its own distinctive style.
In the Nineties he furthered his technique by apprenticing under the Dutch graphic design master Anthon Beeke. In the years after, he ran his own design company, Caulfield & Tensing and was partner in advertising agency Unruly, which he later turned into a brand for silk scarves and a gallery.
Niels Shoe Meulman revolutionized the art of writing with Calligraffiti, an art form that fuses calligraphy and graffiti. He launched this movement in 2007 with a massive solo exhibition in Amsterdam. Since then, his Calligraffiti pieces (signed NSM) are shown in various international exhibitions and are part of several museum collections.
Since 2010 his painting style has become less graphic and is better described as Abstract Expressionism with a Calligraphic origin.