Daniel Kalinski​, also known as Chazme, was born in Laufen, Switzerland in 1980. He received his degree in Architecture from the Warsaw University of Technology. During this time, he formed part of the Warsaw graffiti scene, whose lasting influence is evident today in the work.

Drawing inspiration from the likes of Escher and De Chirico, Kalinksi soon became a catalyst for formal abstraction, executing and exhibiting these works in shows such as the Five Year Anniversary of Graffuterism in San Francisco. His innovative juxtapositions of formal and urban styles are celebrated throughout Europe and the United States, winning the ARTAQ urban art award in 2011.