Publicado por: Gabriela Sáenz
Publico el trabajo artístico de este joven pintor francés, curiosa por la biografía del mismo: nacido en Francia en 1971, con una infancia transcurrida entre Birmania, y Marruecos, en donde los enfrentamientos entre los grupos étnicos locales y el poder gubernamental (Chino) influenciarían -de modo contundente- el trabajo de este artista. Su natural rebeldía lo llevará hasta Nueva York, donde su trabajo habrá de tomar notoriedad, al ubicarse principalmente en espacios públicos tales como bardas y paredes de edificios industriales, ubicados muchas veces en los barrios más complicados de la urbe estadounidense.
A modo de graffitti, Kokian, provocativo y quizá aún atormentado por el recuerdo de la violencia que atestiguó y marcó su infancia en Asia, propondrá nuevos caminos para la expresión de la emoción humana, y el mundo complejo del hombre moderno.
KOKIAN is French and was born in Paris in 1971. After having spent his early childhood in Burma and Morocco, Kokian and his family moved back to France and settled in the Paris region. The cultural shock was quite violent for Kokian due to the contrast between the Burmese and Moroccan cultures he had grown up with, and this new Western European culture.
Already as a child, Kokian was solitary, with the habit of expressing himself exclusively through painting. Various local exhibitions from 1989 to 1994 allowed Kokian to gain some notoriety. In 1994, his artistic expression migrated to the streets, as he discovered tagging and graffiti in Paris. His first small pieces had as a focus the denunciation of contemporary injustices. In 1995, Kokian left Paris to find refuge in New York, where he was reborn artistically. In the streets of New York, Kokian forged his identity and art and learned to glue drawings with small messages, starting what would become a recognizable feature and trademark of him.
Up until 1997, Kokian participated in numerous informal exhibitions around the world. Due to his provocative style, the medias started to pay more attention to him. In 2001, Kokian’s artwork was for the first time exhibited on canvases at the ARTOZA gallery in Paris. Kokian has since then continued painting. His frequent exhibitions are set up where least expected, with the same need to make people think about society’s many injustices. His works are now reknown worldwide, and can be found in numerous collections.