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Born March 2, 1973, in Springfield Missouri and growing up in neighboring Kansas, Kris spent his youth in rural seclusion and isolation along with a blue-collar, working mother, two significantly older brothers, and an absent father. Open country, sparse trees, and alcoholic stepfather, all paving the way for an individual saturated in imagination and introversion. His propensity for the unusual has been a constant since childhood, a lifelong fascination that lent itself to his macabre art later in life. The grotesque to him, as it seemed, was beautiful.
Kris Kuksi garners recognition and acclaim for the intricate sculptures that result from his unique and meticulous technique. A process that requires countless hours to assemble, collect, manipulate, cut, and re-shape thousands of individual parts, finally uniting them into an orchestral-like seamless cohesion that defines the historical rise and fall of civilization and envisions the possible future(s) of humanity. Each sculpture embodies the trademarks of his philosophy and practice, while serving as a testament to the multifaceted nature of perception – From timeless iconic references of Gods and Goddess, to challenging ideas of organized religion and morality, to the struggle to understand, and bend, the limits of mortality. None is complete without a final and brilliant touch of satire and rebuke all conceived in the aesthetic essence of the Baroque fused with the modern day industrial world.
"Let's face it—Kris Kuksi's work is scary, and a reaction (positive or negative) is guaranteed. It's made up of a very intricate network of machines, people, skulls, ornate frames, etc. You could spend hours looking at his sculptures, finding some new figure, animal or element each time. The final composition of found objects looks as if they left their own creepy purpose for a higher unsettling one. As you can tell, my reaction was positive."
"I distinctly remember the first time I saw Kris Kuksi's work. He sent a submission to my gallery back in 2005 when it was located in Philadelphia under the name Lineage Gallery. I was blown away, it was something I had never seen before, and was immediately intrigued by the work. The attention to detail is second to none. The concepts and ideas seemed so original to me. I knew this was a special artist and I asked him to participate in a group show that summer. We have been working together ever since and every time I see a new work I get the same feeling as the first time I saw one of his creations."
"The work of Kris Kuksi is astonishing for the details and the overall balance. His works could be seen really at various levels, from a distant perspective to a macro detail, everything is wonderful and fascinating. It is like to travel inside a sculpted world, where fantasy is the Queen."
"Kris is another artist that I've gotten to know a little bit over the past couple of years, we usually will hang out a little down in Miami at the Art Miami basel craziness. His work always reminds me of some of religious relics from an alternate reality. His work is like a hundred little pieces and details all held together in a unifying tone.You could literally look at his work for hours and always find something new."