Czech Teen’s Doodles Grab International Attention

Kristián Mensa is sharing his unique drawings – many of them done in math class – with the world

When is a pretzel not a pretzel? When it’s the lotus-splayed legs of a Buddha. Speaking of flowers, have you ever noticed the way certain blossoms resemble an old-fashioned gramophone? Welcome to the world of 17-year-old Kristián Mensa a Prague high school student whose clever sketches are winning the internet.

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When did you start drawing?

I was first introduced to a pencil when I was about two or three years old and I fell in love with the idea of expressing myself through a blank sheet of paper.

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Do you attend art school?

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I’ve never really studied art but I did art while studying at school. I am focused on finishing succesfully and graduating before I choose what I want to study at university and do for a living.

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When did your work start getting so much viral recognition?

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I was on study abroad in Denver, Colorado in January 2015 and [while there] I decided to post my illustrations on this website called boredpanda.com. When I woke up there were more than 5,000 shares. So I was like: “This is getting serious.” And I kept posting my illustrations.

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Who are your artistic heros?

Christoph Niemann, Jean Jullien, Victor Nunes, Stephen Mennamy, Dan Cretu.

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Where do you like to draw?

Anywhere where I feel calm and focused. Most of my excercise books are filled with sketches and drawings that were made during classes. (I am most productive during a math class).

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What projects are you currently working on?

I am working on a small exibithion in my home town Dolní Břežany near Prague. I will post more info on my website mrkriss.com soon.

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Do you think you’ll make a career in art & design?

I would love to. Because art is my passion and I love it. Whenever I draw, dance or play the piano I feel an inner satisfaction inside and I know that it is what I want to do in the future.

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You are also a dancer; any professional aspirations?

I practice few days a week with my crew Opatow Flavours and we as a crew or me as a solo dancer are attending dance battles and competitions. I was already competing outside of Prague in Amsterdam and LA this year.

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What are you favorites among the drawings you have done?

Very hard to tell, probably those that make me and other people happy.

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What is next for you?

I honestly don’t know… I will just follow my heart and do what I love.

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Why do you think these drawings have been so well received?

I think people, including me, generally like things that don’t really focus on reality but that plays with their mind. Something like books.

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Have you sold any of your works?

I am currently working on an online store on my website where I will offer prints, T-Shirts and other decorational objects with my illustrations. I will be turning 18 this October which means I can be fully reliable and independent with selling stuff online.

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For more about Kristián Mensa, or to see his latest creations, follow him on Facebook or Instagram or visit mrkriss.com.

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