Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Frank Kozik - SAM

Frank Kozik

Frank was born in Madrid, Spain in 1962.
At the age of 14 he moved to the United states and settled in Austin, Texas.
He is credited with single handedly reviving the 'lost' art of the concert poster, Franks creative career grew largely out of his enthusiasm for Austin's growing underground rock scene in the mid-eighties.

He started his career by making black and white flyers for his friends bands.

His reputation grew as an artist whose work was arresting and gripping.
Kozik has done over 60 gallery shows world wide with multiple exhibits in Tokyo and London.
Kozik has done graphic design for dozens of makor companies such as, Nike, BASF and gatorade.

He has also directed music videos for soundgarden and mint condition.
He is currently based in San Francisco, California
where he produces artwork and graphics, and formerly managed his own record label, mans ruin as well as Rise Records. His work is well known to devotees of album-cover art and concert flyer art. He has produced artwork for musicians such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails, Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Janes Addiction, Green Day and many more.
Kozik has also designed a pair of Artist Edition Oakley sunglasses.

Three volumes of his collected poster and album cover designs have been published and are widely available. A new Book, Plasticland, published by Dark Horse Publications was released in January 2008 and is a photo essay of his last 4 years work as a toy designer. Kozik also edited and published Panda Meat, a volume of contemporary gig poster designers.

Kozik has retired from poster design, He has teamed up numerous times with such entities as Kid Robot, Toy2R, Adfunture, Jamungo and others and is credited with such creations as Smokin Lorbits, the Hate Dunny, Dr. Bomb, Mongers, Chumps and more. He is currently one of the most prolific and popular designers in the genre. He has also done hand painted editions of several RealxHead Kaiju toys.

Most recently in 2008 in collaboration with Draven Shoes, Frank has issued a line of Footwear that bears his name and art work. The collection for now can be viewed as some items purchased on Draven's Official Website.

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