Autodidact: self-taught


Kris Kuksi: Sculptor of Beautiful Nightmares

by V. L. Craven

My husband shared this image with me on Google +:

Kris Kuksi The Guardian

The Guardian by Kris Kuksi

Which, of course, wasn’t bloody attributed. Happily, you can drag and drop images into the Google Images search bar and it will show you matches.

And that’s how I discovered Kris Kuksi , who does some of the most incredibly intricate artwork I’ve seen. In his sculptures, he uses mixed media and, from what I can tell, bits of Neil Gaiman’s nightmares.

His sculptures tend to fall into themes:


Kuksi Neo-Dionysian

Kris Kuksi Neo-Dionysian


Kuksi Hercules vs Diana

Kris Kuksi Hercules vs Diana


Kuksi The Emperor

Kris Kuksi The Emperor



[These are Christian in origin, but Kuksi explores other religions, as well]

Kris Kuksi Seven Deadly Sins

Kris Kuksi Seven Deadly Sins


Kuksi Sins Detail

Kuksi Sins Detail

The full size piece is available as a completely kick-assĀ  iPhone skin .

Kuksi Eden

Kris Kuksi Eden


Kuksi The Last Judgement

Kris Kuksi The Last Judgement



Kuksi Admiral Otto von Howitzerhead

Kris Kuksi Admiral Otto von Howitzerhead


Kuksi Sub-Sonic Dissidence Propulsion Device

Kris Kuksi Sub-Sonic Dissidence Propulsion Device

But, of course, my favourites are the:


Kuksi Tribute to the Madness of Beethoven

Kris Kuksi Tribute to the Madness of Beethoven


Kuksi Beethoven Detail

Kuksi Beethoven Detail


Kuksi The Decision

Kris Kuksi The Decision


Kuksi Surrealist Carnival

Kris Kuksi Surrealist Carnival


Kuksi Surrealist Carnival Detail

Kris Kuksi Surrealist Carnival Detail

My favourite of the macabre is Through Death United, because it reminds me of memento mori and charnel houses and such.

Kuksi Through Death United

Kris Kuksi Through Death United


Kuksi Through Death Detail 1

Kris Kuksi United Through Death Detail 1

I also like how they appear to be flirting, even in death. Whether they were together or apart in life, they’re practically blushing and giggling at one another on the other side of decay. Warms the heart, it does.

Kuksi Through Death Detail 2

Kris Kuksi United Through Death Detail 2

All of his works are quite large–several feet wide and high. You can click on any of the images above to see larger versions, which still don’t capture all of the detail. Luckily, his website has multiple details of the sculptures so you can see more of the all the little bits and bobs. And there are myriad bits and bobs.

If you want to give the gift of beautiful nightmares (and who wouldn’t?) then you could pick up his book Kris Kuksi: Divination and Delusion , available on Amazon for $33 USD. I would love anyone who gave me this.

His paintings are nearly photorealistic, which is always technically impressive, and his drawings are intricate and handle shadow well, but they’re not as mind-blowing as his sculptures.


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