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b. 1975, USA

Craig Kucia Biography

Craig Kucia was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He received a BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art (Cleveland, Ohio) in 1999 and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts (London) in 2003. Kucia is known for his thought-provoking paintings with intricate and uncanny compositions which explore the visual and psychological spaces that arise between memory and imagination.

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Kucia's paintings integrate references from various historical movements such as Surrealism, Pattern & Decorations, and Cubism, to name a few, as well as draws from his own personal experiences. With varying subjects, the artist explores the possibilities of oil painting by using various techniques within his work by juxtaposing flat and graphic elements with materially rich impasto. Often using universally familiar imagery—such as sperm whales from his signature whale series or motifs of flora and fauna—Kucia's otherworldly paintings contain an allegorical and metaphorical resonance. The unexpected and intriguing narratives Kucia purposes, invites viewers to reflect, question, and create their own stories within each work.

The artist's recent solo exhibitions include a toucan, L21 (Islas Baleares, 2021); whales, The Pit (Glendale, 2021); paintings, AM Gallery (Los Angeles, 2018); and accidental documentaries, Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art (Cleveland, 2014). His work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions including Wild Frontiers, The Pit (Glendale, 2021); 36 Paintings, Harper's Book (East Hampton, 2021); and L.A. : Views, MAKI Gallery (Tokyo, 2020).

Text courtesy MAKI.

Craig Kucia Featured Artworks

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untitled by Craig Kucia contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Craig Kucia untitled, 2021 Oil on canvas in artist’s frame
36.2 x 31.8 cm
MAKI Contact Gallery
untitled by Craig Kucia contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Craig Kucia untitled, 2021 Oil on canvas in artist’s frame
36.2 x 31.8 cm (incl frame)
MAKI Contact Gallery
untitled by Craig Kucia contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Craig Kucia untitled, 2021 Oil on canvas in artist’s frame
36.2 x 31.8 cm (incl frame)
MAKI Contact Gallery
untitled by Craig Kucia contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Craig Kucia untitled, 2021 Oil on canvas in artist’s frame
36.2 x 31.8 cm (incl frame)
MAKI Contact Gallery
untitled by Craig Kucia contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Craig Kucia untitled, 2021 Oil on canvas in artist’s frame
36.2 x 31.8 cm (incl frame)
MAKI Contact Gallery
untitled by Craig Kucia contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Craig Kucia untitled, 2021 Oil on canvas in artist’s frame
36.2 x 31.8 cm (incl frame)
MAKI Contact Gallery
1975 by Craig Kucia contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Craig Kucia 1975, 2021 Oil on canvas
96.5 x 116.8 cm
MAKI Contact Gallery
absent landscape by Craig Kucia contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Craig Kucia absent landscape, 2021 Oil on canvas
121.9 x 121.9 cm
MAKI Contact Gallery

Craig Kucia Recent Exhibitions

Craig Kucia Represented By

MAKI contemporary art gallery in Omotesando, Tokyo, Japan
MAKI Tokyo
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