King Kuka

King Kuka's unique style of painting and sculpting captures the spirituality of his rich Native American, Blackfeet heritage. King Kuka's art, know as kukagraphs,  is the result of a creative process that preserves part of a great culture; a culture that's now sprouting new growth after years of oppression. The artist's purpose is to involve you the viewer, so that you may enter another world or time. Perhaps you'll make a connection and gain an understanding to a different way of life.

Biography

King Kuka was born and raised on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana. Creating art was the spiritual essence of King's life. During the early years of his life King suffered from poverty and many other challenges of life on the reservation. However, a strong creative mind rose up to meet these challenges. After many spirit quests King Kuka was able to find his creative spirit. He believed in dreams, the vision kind, and also in the invisible voices that sustained him during these difficult times.

Through it all King Kuka remained dedicated to his art, his people, and his family. His supportive wife, Marietta, worked side by side with him, and five of his seven children were also active in the arts as well.

His embossed lithographs are called Kukagraphs - a printing process he developed and perfected.

Sadly, King Kuka passed away in December, 2003. His legacy, however, lives on through his creative spirit as represented in his unique "Kukagraphs" that are offered here. Fortunately, some of these beautiful and ethereal embossed lithographs have survived his passing.

"His artistry is a testimony to the resilence of the human spirit and a lesson to the commonality of all peoples."
Dr. Cheryl Reichert, Collector

King's own words probably express the magic and mystery of his creative expressions:

"Paintings are made with tools and our experiences, but art is made with our heart."
King Kuka, Oct., 1993

And, In Memorium...

"I will send my heart with the eagle carried on winds of trust to be blessed by the Sun and baptized in rain beneath nature's rainbow alter."

King Kuka, Dec., 1991
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