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 Jakub

Kukla

My name is Jakub, Kuba for short. I was born in Portland, Oregon to immigrant parents from what used to be called Czechoslovakia. Growing up I was blessed to be able to spend my summers in Czech, catching butterflies at my grandparents cottage, instilling a life-long love of nature, culture, and travel.

 

I have visited more than 30 countries and lived for extended periods in Czech, Mexico, and China. Since February of 2020 when I had to evacuate from China, I have been living and painting in Portland, Oregon. After more than 10 years of globe trotting it was such a blessing to see all four seasons in Portland. Oregon is so beautiful!

My largely nomadic lifestyle greatly influences my art, giving it a lively, vibrant, playful quality. Gallery owners sometimes say that I should pick one style and stick with it, but I never will. To those people who have a keen eye, my essence will shine through all my work, whether it is representational or abstract.

I speak Czech, English, Spanish and some basic Mandarin. I love language and if I could have a super power it would be to speak all languages. Fortunately, through art I can connect with anyone!

The first photo of me with a paintbrush in my hand standing in front on an easel is from Kindergarten, and I haven't stopped since. Some of my most influential art teachers over the years have been people whose names I don't even remember and artists who spoke to me through their art in museums from all over the world.

I want to thank Ms. Capps for being the first teacher to encourage me to become an artist when I was just 11 and all the other amazing teacher's I have had: Christina EricksonBen Bridgers, Angela Wilcocks, Marco Schindelmann, Mario Guzman, Daniela Foltynova to name a few as well as workshops by some of my own contemporaries such as Teresa Oaxaca, Yescka, and many others through The FACE and PACE conventions where I volunteer.

I am also blessed to have the best parents in the world who have been incredibly supportive throughout my life and an incredibly widespread and loving adoptive family. From neighbors like Leslie and Mike, to host parents like Tico in Oaxaca and Gabinka in Prague, the list of people to thank in supporting me is endless. Thank you for being part of that support!

My goal is to inspire people to become more aware of the beauty in their current surroundings through his art, and aspires to connect people from different cultures and all walks of life and through a common interest in art. 

||  Solo Exhibitions  ||

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 Augustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico

2018    A Walk Through Oaxaca                                                                                                                      Private Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2016    Faces of China                                                                                                                                            Ugly Mug, Portland, Oregon

||  Group Exhibitions  ||

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  ||

2017    Flamingos                                                                                                                                   52 Sky Restaurant, Changzhou, China

||  Education  ||

2014  BA, Human Connection: Music, Language, and the Arts.                                                                     University of Redlands, CA. USA