Jakub Kukla, also known by his Czech nickname Kuba, is an international artist. While Jakub works in many mediums and experiments with many styles, including marble and porcelain sculpture, he primarily focuses on oil and acrylic painting. His style is lively and playful, sometimes impressionistic and abstract, while at other times fully representational and realistic. When looking at Jakub’s work, one may be filled with a sense of peace, excitement, nostalgia, curiosity or even energy and inspiration.

Painting outdoors, during a music performance, at a festival, a friend’s house, with a visitor in his studio, or in another country is where you can find Jakub. His artwork celebrates life in all its beauty, craziness, and randomness. He hopes to inspire people to connect with their surroundings and their inter child.

Born in Portland, Oregon to Immigrant parents from Czechoslovakia, Jakub has also lived in the Czech Republic, Oaxaca, Mexco and Changzhou, China. Having visited more than 30 countries in his life, Traveling has hugely influenced his world view and art.

 

Jakub graduated from Gymnazium Jana Palacha in Prague before returning to the US to attend the Univeristy of Redlands, in California. There he studied oil painting under Ben Bridgers, life drawing under Terry Long, and acrylics under Angela Wilcox. His education, however, included much more then just the technical aspect of being an artist. During his university years, he studied globalization, toursim and development as well as print making in Oaxaca, Mexico. He traveled to Dharmasala, India to interview His Holiness the 17th Karmapa with a small group of students; a trip that lead to the publication of The Heart is Noble. He sang in Carnegie Hall in New York City with his choir, raised pigs with left overs from the University Commons to raise awareness about food waste, developed and taught an Intro to Czech course, and taught kids art and music at nonprofit Music Changing Lives. Jakub graduated from the Johnston Center of Integrative Studies with a BA in Human Connection: Music, Language, and the Arts. If you are interested in learning more about his education, you can watch his graduation review here.

 

​Are you interested in collaborating with Jakub? He loves people and is always striving to find ways to connect with others through his work. He is actively seeking out other artists and enjoys collaborating with painters and musicians both locally and abroad.

Don't hesitate in reaching out to Jakub. He will be happy to invite you to his art studio in Portland, Oregon. There is nothing that makes him happier in life then connecting with a fellow human and hearing their story, so send him a message and start the connection today. 

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||  Galleries  ||​

 

Current    Milieu Gallery                                                                                                     Portland, Oregon

Current    Cannon Beach Arts Association & Cannon Beach Gallery                    Cannon Beach, Oregon

2019    Galería La Mano Mágica                                                                                       Oaxaca, Mexico

2019    Galería Ivonne Kennedy                                                                                        Oaxaca, México

2019    Arte de Oaxaca, Galeria                                                                                        Oaxaca, México​

2019    Galeria de Alexis Escobar                                                                                     Oaxaca, Mexico

 

||  Solo Exhibitions  ||​

2022    Private Showing                                                                    im=X Studio, Lake Oswego, Oregon​

2021    Community Art                                                                New Seasons Market, Portland, Oregon

2021    Community Art                                                                New Seasons Market, Portland, Oregon​

​2020    Painting Spring                                                                            Karma Bunny, Portland, Oregon

2019    Vistas de Oaxaca                                                                  Chrisman Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2019    Walk in the Park                                                                      Unicorn Brewing, Portland, Oregon

2019    Meditations on Red, White, and Blue                                    Mia Arroz, San Agustin Etla, Mexico

2018    A Walk Through Oaxaca                                                            Private Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2016    Faces of China                                                                                   Ugly Mug, Portland, Oregon

 

||  Group Exhibitions  ||​

2021    ​Infinite Connection                                                Sellwood Community House, Portland, Oregon

2019   Inauguration                                                                                   Casa Murguia, Oaxaca, Mexico

2019    Featured Local Artists                                                            Chrisman Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2018    Arbol de Mezquite                                                            Galeria Caballero, Oaxaca City, Mexico

​2017    画画&展览开幕                                                                                Urban Cross, Shanghai, China

​2017    Big Easter Fest  ​                                                                            Marco Polo, Changzhou, China

​2014    Johnston Art Show                                                                     University of Redlands, California

 

||  Installations  & Performance ||​

2021    In a Landscape Guest Artist​                                                                              Sumpter, Oregon

2017    Flamingos                                                                         52 Sky Restaurant, Changzhou, China

||  Experience  ||​

Artist Residency: Oaxaca, Mexico 2018-2019

Art Director: Music Changes Lives, Inc. 2011 - 2013

 

||  Education  ||​

 

2014 B.A. Human Connection: Music, Language,the Arts                          University of Redlands, CA

2018 Plein air Art Convention & Expo                                                                        San Francisco, CA

2019 Figurative Art Convention & Expo                                                                        Williamsburg, VA