Beautiful mural by Sudio Giftig at the former Heavens Kitchen in the Piushaven. Sadly the mural has been removed some years ago.
Kaspar van Leek (1983, Philipsburg St. Maarten) en Niels van Swaemen (1981, Eindhoven) are the founders of Studio Giftig, an urban artist duo based in the Netherlands. They specialize in photorealistic paintings and murals, often with a surrealistic twist. Each work they make is unique, because they photograph their own models to use for their paintings. Kaspar and Niels met in 2007, when both of them were already active in street art for some time. From 2007 the first collaboration projects were picked up and a vacant warehouse served as base for their studio. Within this warehouse there was a storage room for toxic substances and chemicals, where they kept their paint and spray cans. The name Studio Giftig refers to this storage room (because giftig in Dutch means Toxic). In 2012 they decided to fully devote themselves to murals.