Originally from the United States, Kris Kuksi has spent most of his childhood in the countryside with his mother and two siblings, that were much older than him. His father abandoned him and his stepfather hadn’t given him much attention or an education. More than that, he had to endure the severe treatments applied by his alcoholic stepfather .
Many consider that the artist’s works are very gruesome, but you can’t just stay indiferent when facing them. Attention to detail, carefulness and making order out of chaos are just some typical elements of Kris Kuksi.
In personal reflection, Kris feels that in the world today much of mankind is oftentimes frivolous and fragile, being driven primarily by greed and materialism. He hopes that his art exposes the fallacies of Man, unveiling a new level of awareness to the viewer.
His work has received several awards and prizes and has been featured in over 100 exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide including the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
Kris’ art can also be seen in a number of international art magazines, book covers and theatrical posters. Kris’ art is featured in both public and private collections in the United States, Europe, and Australia that include individuals such as Mark Parker (Nike CEO), Kay Alden (three time Emmy award winning writer for Young and the Restless & Bold and the Beautiful), Fred Durst (musician, and film director), Chris Weitz (movie director The Golden Compass & Twilight: New Moon) Guillermo del Toro (movie director Pan’s Labyrinth & Hell Boy 2) and Robin Williams (Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actor).
(All images via Kris Kuksi)