by Joyce de Gruiter in New Art on Friday 19 April 2013

French artist Ciou is inspired by a wonderful mix of music, pin ups, manga, primitive religious art, art nouveau, tattoos, old toys and Mexican culture. She combines her own marvellous lowbrow Necro Kawaï art style with forms from popular pictures and old techniques. The little girls and monsters are cute and sweet but with an ominous darkness. Ciou’s solo exhibition, Á Spell On You, can be seen until April 20 at the KochxBos gallery in Amsterdam.