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June 15th, 2022
Community-Portraits
3 min
Community-Portraits
3 min
June 15th, 2022

Creation rooted in transformation—change as a constant practice

Antwerp-based artist Romeo shares his insight on transformation and its omnipresence in life– from his adolescent years as a breakdancer to the creative hustler he is now. Wearing the Meta Statement Necklace, his air, in conjunction with the metamorphosis jewel, is amplified with each turning stone.


Stemming from his youth as a breakdancer, hip hop is the foundation of Romeo’s life philosophy. “It changed me on many levels,” shared Romeo. “My body, my state of mind, my way of thinking.” Now, wearing these shifting stones reminds him of when pushing his body and mind to the limit was a constant practice and how that groundwork aided his metamorphosis into the multi-hyphenate Romeo is today.

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I moved from Rotterdam to Antwerp and it’s a big difference, I have to really take ten steps back. This new location, city, country, forces me to chill and it transforms me as well.

“With breakdancing, I did a lot of crazy stuff with my body. I pushed myself to the point of injury, but I also asked myself if I would be doing this for the rest of my life because then I have to take it to another level,” shared Romeo. “Then life happened, and I became a dad.”

Today, these principles of evolution come through in his ever-changing space and artistic practices.

“I resonate with metamorphosis because if you look around in the space where I’m living, you can see many things that have changed. The sculptures I make, some things that I’ve found— everything I have is transformed or is going through a transformation. What I love about this jewel and what I feel is that it’s connecting the dots, but actually, it’s connecting the stones. Every stone grows gradually into a bigger stone. Every stone is changing literally but also figuratively. I feel that this is life.”

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Existing in the entities of Underground Studio, a tattoo studio and gallery, Atelier, a cultural hub of self-made objects and sculpture, and REAL, a project focusing on quality on wearables— Romeo’s entire existence centres around the constant intersectionality and change in oneself.

Follow Romeo at @knwng.

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