Kris Kuksi, 1973. Sculptor.
Kris Kuksi is an American artist in the genre of Fantastic Realism. Specializing in creating complex artistic installations, his work has been described as “a study in timelessness and intricacies, reminiscent of lost civilizations, deities and ruins – perfectly preserved.” Kuksi’s work has been displayed at more than 100 exhibitions worldwide, including satellite art fairs of Art Basel, Pulse (Los Angeles and Miami) and Scope (Basel and Miami), Liste Köln during the Cologne Art Fair in Germany and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. He has also been featured on the front covers of Philosophie and Bl!sss Magazine, and his work is owned by collectors ranging from film director Guillermo del Toro to the Ellis County Bar Association in Kansas.
Kuksi’s influences include the Baroque and Rococo periods. He has described how he feels more in belonging to the ‘Old World’ and that his artwork is very much a reaction to “the corrupt and demoralized fall of modern-day society – a place where new beginnings, new wars, new philosophies, and new endings exist.” In an interview, Kuksi named Bernini, Bosch and Bruegel as some of the artists he admired and was influenced by saying, “Nothing beats landscapes of hell, twisted contorted figures, hedonism, and flowers sprouting from anuses.”
Kuksi’s work has been described as “mind-blowing, macabre and beautifully grotesque art…[that] will taunt you by the sheer complexity of detail, leaving you even more baffled as you stare for hours at all the figurines that were smacked into coexistence.” The end result has been described as “intricately polarized narratives of the balance between good and evil, left and right, night and day, past and future”.