Vladimir Kato Explores the WildernessJuxtapoz // Saturday, 22 May 2010
As a child, Kato’s neighborhood consisted of punks and skins hanging out on basketball courts, political and vulgar graffiti on walls, and anarchy symbols scrawled on every mailbox; a formidable playground to encourage artistic production. His early influences were Italian comics like Alan Ford, Zagor and the horror comic Dylan Dog. Mixed with a young Eastern European outlook on Western pop culture, movie posters by Drew Struzan (Back to the Future, E.T., Indiana Jones), brands like Nike, Cross Colors, and album covers from Michael Jackson, Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden all stimulated his mind. Vladimir's early drawings depicting everything from skateboarding, gun toting, hip-hop punks, to flying, medieval beast men.
After moving to Canada in 1993, Vladimir had trouble adjusting socially. Continuously moving as a youth, he found it difficult to plant roots and meet new friends. Drawing was always a constant. Living in Canada allowed Vladimir to experience different cultures and take from different walks of life. Finding his place in the art world with graffiti, the urban environment from which Vladimir drew his inspiration now also acted as his canvas. At the age of 20 Vladimir was offered entrance in to the Interpretive Illustration and Classical Animation Programmes at the Sheridan College of Art and Design. Since graduating Vladimir has done design work for several recognized magazines and clothing companies, and has exhibited his fine art across the world. Vladimir currently lives and works in Toronto.
June 4th – June 27th, 2010
Show & Tell Gallery