About Ian Kuali'i
Ian Kuali’i is a multi-disciplinary self-taught artist of Hawaiian/Apache ancestry working in the forms of murals, large-scale hand cut paper and site-specific installations. Ian fluidly merges urban contemporary art with his indigenous ancestral iconography and history, drawing from occult symbolism, mysticism, politics and themes of urban decay. From a single sheet of paper using only an xacto blade as his tool, Ian’s portraits, journal entries and scenes are masterfully rendered in hand cut paper with a blend of loose urban contemporary techniques and collaged found materials. Ian describes his creative process as “The meditative process of destroying to create.”
Ian has a studio practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is sought after nationally and internationally for his one-of-a-kind, site-specific art pieces, touring exhibitions and programs. His career spans over two decades including works in Winona LaDuke’s Art of Indigenous Resistance, WallTherapy, UrbanArt Biennale 2017, Universal Pictures, Art Basel Miami, National Museum of Mexican Art, National Hispanic Cultural Center, National Trust for Historic Preservation, a featured artist in Moniker Art Fair UK, the Millicent Rogers Museum and the Heard Museum. Ian has also been the recipient of prominent art residencies and fellowships with institutions such as, Red Bull House of Art, de Young Museum, Hawaii State Foundation, the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Dubin Native Arts Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research.