Apocalyptic Sculptures are the sculptures which are made using discarded toys, old mechanical items and tossed away items. 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 much-older brothers and an absent father.
Open country, sparse trees, and alcoholic stepfather, perhaps paved the way for an individual saturated in imagination and introversion. Kris Kuksi is an award winning American artist in the genre of Fantastic Realism. Specializing in creating complex artistic installations, his work has been described as “a study in timelessness and intricacies, reminiscent of lost civilizations, deities and ruins – perfectly preserved.
Kuksi’s work has been displayed at more than 100 exhibitions worldwide, including satellite art fairs of Art Basel, Pulse and Scope Liste Koln during the Cologne Art Fair in Germany and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in the juried show “The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Exhibition.” He has also been featured on the front covers of Philosophie and Bliss Magazine, and his work is owned by collectors ranging from film director Guillermo del Toro to the Ellis County Bar Association in Kansas.
Kris claims not to be holy but all the same a spiritual person. The edition of hell described in the bible is, in his view, symptomatic of today’s world, created and sustained by the human mind. Realizing that all suffering is caused by the bad beliefs and that prejudices in human minds could make the world a different place, Kris says that he tries to express these feelings through his art.
It has been in maturity that Kris really developed the enthusiasm for the weird that allowed him to finally leave a negative childhood behind him. He uses other people’s trash items for creating breathtaking sculptures with otherworldly qualities, each one crammed full of the strangest characters, machines and creatures. He proves time and again that trash really can become treasure in the right hands.
With each piece fanatically constructed from sometimes thousands of individual parts, some works over 10 ft long, it can take a long time to ponder the stories and symbolism of any one sculpture.
Kris Kuksi is, without doubt, an incredible talent, and his prodigious output continues to excite and delight audiences around the globe, eager for every new creation to appear. With an imagination that we mortals can only envy, and artistic ability to die for, this superb sculptor goes from strength to strength.
He discovered his distaste for the typical American life and pop culture, feeling that he has always belonged to the ‘Old World’. Yet, Kris’ work is about a new wilderness, refined and elevated, visualized as a cultivation emerging from the corrupt and demoralized fall of modern-day society. A place where new beginnings, new wars, new philosophies, and new endings exist. Have a look at this amazing art.