Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Art Auction: KofieJuxtapoz // Sunday, 04 Oct 2009
A true Los Angeles native, Kofie is unafraid of staying relevant though his continued artistic progression. This top-notch draftsman has moved to mixed media works over graffiti in recent years. Kofie is also our next featured artist part of the Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Art Auction.
“There is no specific point that explains my technique. So many ideas, people and movements inspired my constantly evolving aesthetic. Being an observant, creative and curious child helps very much. Learning how to paint the Graffiti was a primary factor for me. The art of cutting and chopping colors on a vertical surface with hardware store supplies. That's where I picked up color and layering, points of perspective and arrangement. All of that plays into my work today.
“My mom received a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from UCLA about the time I was conceived. Richard Diebenkorn was one of her teachers, and his aesthetic definitely inspired her style. Her works we always in and around the apartment and I feel I picked up from there. She didn't directly teach me techniques, but the genes definitely assisted in my creative drive. She had been passing down her art supplies to me as early as ‘88. My earlier works were illustration and marker technique based and all focused around my surroundings as a skateboarder from West LA.”
--Excerpt from Kofie interview with Greg Escalante and Nathan Spoor; online April 2009 at juxtapoz.com
All Auction info can be found at www.juxtapoz.com/Auction