Kokian

Born in 1971 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Kokian, a French artist born in 1971, is a worthy heir of the Neo-expressionist inspiration of "Bad Painting", exemplified by Basquiat. After having spent his early childhood in Burma (2 years) and Morocco (4 years), Kokian and his family moved back to France and settled in the Paris region.

Following a period of graffiti and tags on the street of Paris, he moved to New York in 1995 where he found his own style, off beat, funny and disturbing. Since then, his colorful paintings with graffiti and interrogative slogans about society’s many injustices, have gained attention by the contemporary art critics.

Up until 2005, Kokian participated in numerous informal expositions around the world. Due to his provocative style, the medias started to pay more attention to him, dedicating more and more airtime to portraying him. Now, Kokian’s urban expressionism is well recognized and can be found in numerous international collections.

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EXHIBITIONS

2005

Rétrospective, Le Carré Blanc, Moscou (15 September 2004 au 15 January 2005) St-Art 10th Contemporary Art Fair of Strasbourg, Parc des Expositions, Strasbourg Wacken (25 to 28 November 2005) 2006

Contemporary Art Exhibition (22 to 26 November 2006)

2007

First listing at Drouot by Me Pierre Cornette de Saint Cyr (26 March 2007)

New York Biennial, Soho (1th to 30 September 2007)

2008 Exhibition with a Peter Klasen’s large formats serie, 105 rue du Faubourg saint Honoré, Paris Rétrospective, Fondation Taylor Gallerie, Paris (September 2008)

2009 Realisation of a 105m2 fresco to the benefit of Médecins du Monde

2010 Collaboration with Richard Orlinsky to the benefit of Make a Wish

association

2012 Personal exhibition “Show me the way”, Caplain Matignon Gallery, Paris (29 March to 19 May 2012)

2013 Exhibition at Gallery Lindengruen, Vienne, Autriche

2014 Performance Live with the Famous artist street art COPE 2 in Gallery Artemisia, Chelsea NYC

2015 Realisation of two frescoes and personal exhibition at La Cantine 105 / Lounge Gallery, Dubaï (Emirates Towers)

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