Kai

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PLAYING WITH TIME – KAI

ABOUT KAI

THIS IS KAI Kai is an international street artist recognized for his single-frame storytelling, signature Imaginary Friend (IF) character, and unrivaled use of cement across most of his work. Kai has the ability to explore powerful messages and universal themes through any medium. His unique style and social commentary continue to set him apart from his contemporaries. For his efforts, Kai has received extensive media coverage and a fan following worldwide.

STRIKING A MATCH Kai was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Son to a French-Tunisian father and Mexican-American mother, he grew up surrounded by a unique blend of history, tradition, and celebrations. As a result, Kai developed an appreciation for culture and art early on. He found a medium for his interest at age 14 at which time he began to create original pieces throughout his sprawling hometown. The streets were his canvas.

Several years and countless pieces later, Kai accepted an offer to study at the California Institute of Arts and subsequently, L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France.

A GLOBAL MOVEMENT Kai works endlessly to bring IF to life in every corner of the world. His collections have been shown at countless, cultural events and art venues around the globe.

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PLAYING WITH TIME – KAI

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Kaï’s self-named ANTI-advertising harnesses commercial aesthetics to share positive, anti-consumerist messages. His multimedia approach spans painting, sculpture, mural and collage – created with a range of materials including spray-paint, acrylic, wood and cement. The protagonist of his work is a minimalist cartoon character named IF, or Imaginary Friend. Based on the archetypal WC sign, IF is designed to have no discernable race, gender or status, so as to symbolise social inclusivity. When realising new incarnations of IF, Kaï draws inspiration from elements of his cultural heritage and artistic upbringing, including the French comics his Tunisian father gave him as a child and traditional Mexican relief techniques passed on from his mother.

Kaï sees his art as a means to raise and sustain consciousness. Often exhibited in public spaces like train stations and car parks, the works are rooted heavily in street art traditions which seek to democratise art by making it free and accessible. By extension, Kaï sets out to make his subjects and the situations they find themselves in as universal as the contexts in which he places them. The result is a practice centred on critique of a world governed by money and power, realised through positive symbols of love and hope – a light-hearted yet urgent call for resistance.

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