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Kris Kuksi

NMSU Department of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series:

HSS 101

free to public

Kris Kuksi is an independent artist who lives and works in Lawrence, KS. His multimedia work is often called “fantastic realist” for its dreamlike forms, its mythical subject matter and its use of quotidian material. He uses found objects—like plastic toys—to create massive, disturbing and Baroque visions that are astonishing in terms of both their detail and scale. He claims to have been fascinated by the macabre and grotesque since childhood, and wants his art to explore the ways that these types of images can also be perceived as beautiful. His work has been exhibited in over 100 museum and gallery exhibitions around the world in such cities as Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Richmond, Miami, Basel, Edinburgh, Oxford, London, Bayonne, Paris, Utrecht and Toronto. Kuksi’s art has been featured in such online and print publications as Sculpture, American Craft, Architecture and Art, Hi Fructose, Artzine and Juxtapoz. Kuksi’s work is included in several public and private art collections, including that of visionary Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro, who writes, “A post-industrial Rococo master, Kris Kuksi obsessively arranges characters and architecture in asymmetric compositions with an exquisite sense of drama. Instead of stones and shells he uses screaming plastic soldiers, miniature engine blocks, towering spires and assorted debris to form his landscapes.”