Rasmus Nielsen was born in 1984 in a suburb of Copenhagen. Rasmus felt empowered by the 90's subculture and was greatly inspired by artists like Kurt Trampedach and Christian Lemmerz. At the age of 19, Rasmus received an apprenticeship with the Iraqi / Danish artist Mahmoud Alibadi. Over the following two years, Rasmus gained insight into Mahmoud's beautiful world of pictures and got an understanding of Mahmoud’s ecological approach to materials. With support from Ole Lindboe, editor of Magasinet Kunst, Rasmus debuted with his first solo exhibition in 2005. The artworks had a raw and aesthetic style and a focus on political issues. This laid the foundation for his future work.
In the following years, Rasmus had several solo shows, and participated in plenty of group shows. In collaboration with the Red Cross, he drew attention to the Geneva Conventions with an exhibition at Rådhuspladsen in Copenhagen. In 2006 he joined the artist collective "Ambassaden for Levende kunst” (Embassy of Living Art) with, among others, the poet Thorkil Jacobsen and the designer Dennis Andersen. The group arranged events in Copenhagen mixing their different styles, and invited artists from home and abroad to play along.
In 2007 Rasmus was invited by the Belgian museum SONS to do an artwork with a pair of his old working shoes. This was a new piece of work for their permanent collection. The painting "Child Labor" focuses on the opaque production chain that is the result of our consumption of shoes and clothing with major human and climate consequences. The same thoughts and themes led to the solo exhibition "Blood Diamonds" the following year.
Rasmus moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2008 and spent more than half a year photographing street art and creating new artworks. Some of the best photos are presented in Ole Lindboe's book "Kunstens Køtere” (The Mongrels of the Art). The front cover is a photo from Buenos Aires. The South American way of life, and the inspiration from Argentine artists like Leon Ferrari and Jorge de la Vega made a great impression on Rasmus. As a result, Rasmus’ artworks have, ever since, been more colorful.
In 2008 Rasmus Nielsen's book "Stem på gadekunsten” (Vote for the street art) was published. The book contains photos of election posters decorated with paint, all shot in 2007 in connection with the parliamentary elections. The book questions the distinction between vandalism and art in public spaces.
Rasmus continues to focus on politics and human rights. His "Guantanamo" poster for Amnesty is an example of this and it also becomes clear in his role as one of the curators behind the protest exhibition "Invasion". In 2011 Rasmus begins working with CKU, teaching and making exhibitions with an artist collaboration across Gambia, Kenya and Haiti
In 2017 Rasmus Nielsen finish the solo exhibition "Origin". This exhibition shows new sides of the artist and presents works Rasmus has been working on for years. The word "Origin" refers to the beginning and the origin. The collection is inspired by the refugee crisis as well as the climate crisis mixing fragments from News flows, minimalistic surfaces and humanistic forms. The motives are in contrast to the clear color palette, which is based on the "flat design" trend. Flat design is originally from tech giant’s control systems, which most people use every day. Artistically the artworks are a mixture of templates / paper clips and paint on canvas and paper. It is an investigation of the layers between human, art and empathy. The contrasts between motives and colors build on a philosophy the German fluxus artist Wolf Vostell worked on in the mid-1960s. "Origin" is Rasmus Nielsen's most ambitious project so far and it is still a work in progress.