Art Van Kraft is an American artist specialising in realism and figuration. He is currently based in Los Angeles, California. Always fascinated by art, he pursued the subject academically at the University of Southern California and at the Paris American Academy.
From writing to painting
Kraft’s content-driven paintings reflect his former occupation as a News Director for National Public Radio in Southern California. Kraft prides himself in being a storyteller, previously expressing himself through words and now has transferred this to his paintings. The medium of expression has changed but his stories remain the same: he depicts the human condition, our personal identity and desires.
Kraft depicts bold paintings of humans in normal environments that exude energy of uneasiness and distortion. He is an instinctual painter, using a generic idea as a foundation, finishing the rest to his intuition. He uses strong, vivid colours to develop his orchestra of images, combining his role of being a social observer with his natural artistic skill.
Art Van Kraft has garnered global recognition by displaying his work all over the world. He has taken part in shows including: BIAF International Show Seoul, South Korea; the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and at NEXTGallery Palazzo Somaglia, Piacenza, Italy. He endeavours to extend his international reputation even further in the future.