Born in 1940 in Shostka, Ukraine, Konstantin Bokov immigrated to New York City in 1974. Bokov shares his whimsical style and endless imagination with New Yorkers in DIY public installations which has earned him a devoted following in neighborhoods around New York City.
Following the wishes of his father, a famous songwriter and poet, Bokov attended the Art Academy of Leningrad (St. Petersburg), where he studied music and was introduced to painting. After finishing school, he moved to Moscow, where he encountered Van Gogh’s Red Sunset, which ultimately inspired him to begin painting. When asked about the experience, Bokov explained how the piece struck so close to his heart, that he saw his own name signed on the piece, rather than Van Gogh’s. Upon viewing the painting, Bokov’s dreams were filled with canvases with his signature on them, as well as the music his father created.
Bokov’s passion to create transcends genre—“I live from my imagination”, is his common refrain. Unthreatened by conventions constructed by society, he revels in moments of vulnerability, subverts the relationship between the artist and muse and uses raw and provoking content, resulting in a piece filled with multiple dimensions. Additionally, his precise use of hues, forms and lines also culminates into layers of depth and often times a satirical tone.
Konstantin Bokov has appeared alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring at the Now Gallery and in other shows including the Emerging Collectors Gallery, Morin Miller Gallery, the Grant Gallery, and the Monique Goldstrum Gallery. He showed at the 2008 European Outsider Art Fair in Vienna and the Outsider Art Fair in New York.
Bokov is also the subject of an award winning independent documentary entitled, “Free” (2012) which follows his process from the discovery of raw trash through it’s transformation into art objects and then finally the placing of his new creations in public places for an unsuspecting to audience. “Free” has been screened and honored at numerous festivals around the globe.