Frank Kozik was born in Madrid, Spain. At the age of 14 he moved to the United States and settled in Austin, Texas. Credited with single handedly reviving the “lost” art of the concert poster, Frank’s creative career grew largely out of his enthusiasm for Austin’s growing underground rock scene in the mid-eighties. Starting with black and white flyers for friends’ bands posted on telephone poles, his reputation grew as an artist whose work was arresting as well as gripping. Kozik has done over 60 gallery shows worldwide, with multiple exhibits in Tokyo and London. Kozik has done graphic design for dozens of major companies such as Nike, BASF and Gatorade. He also directed music videos for Soundgarden and Mint Condition.
Kozik is currently based in San Francisco, California, where he produces artwork and graphics, and formerly managed his own record label, Man’s Ruin as well as Rise Records. His work is well known to devotees of album-cover art and concert flyer art. He has produced artwork for musicians such as Pearl Jam,Nirvana, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails, Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, Ice T, George Clinton, Green Day, Beck, The Offspring, The Melvins and many more. Kozik has also designed a pair of Artist Edition Oakley sunglasses.
Three volumes of his collected poster and album cover designs have been published and are widely available. A new Book, Plasticland, published by Dark Horse Publications was released in January 2008 and is a photo essay of his last 4 years work as a toy designer. Kozik also edited and published Panda Meat, a volume of contemporary gig poster designers.
Kozik has retired from poster design and is currently involved in the designing and production of vinyl toys. He has teamed up numerous times with such entities as Kid Robot, Toy2R, Adfunture, Jamungo and others and is credited with such creations as Smorkin’ Labbits, the Hate Dunny, Dr. Bomb, Mongers, Chumps and more. He is currently one of the most prolific and popular designers in the genre. He has also done hand painted editions of several RealxHead Kaiju toys.
Kozik founded a new company, Ultraviolence, in 2007 and regularly releases higher priced limited art editions of vinyl sculptures.
Frank Kozik’s website: http://www.frankkozik.net/