From illegal graffiti to contemporary museums, Ard Doko has been taking the international art scene by storm since the age of 19. Armed with spray cans, markers and brushes the artist is not only tackling 900 square feet walls, but has also proven to sell his paintings around the world.

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From illegal graffiti to contemporary museums, Ard Doko has been taking the international art scene by storm since the age of 19. Armed with spray cans, markers and brushes the artist is not only tackling 900 square feet walls, but has also proven to sell his paintings around the world.

The works of Ard Doko combine melancholy with the desire of devouring the beauty of life.

His images and stories often depict romance, his rough childhood, freedom and the everlasting struggle of the millennial. In an interview with Peripheral Art he stated; “My style tends to be explosive and chaotic, just like myself.”. This can be seen by the use of heavy brush strokes, splatters and carvings in his canvas.

His paintings are shown in various exhibitions throughout Europe and the USA and are getting appreciated in multiple art segments. In 2015 he got invited by the Dutch museum ‘De Fundatie” to show his work alongside Joseph Klibansky, Niels Smits van Burgst , Ans Markus and many others. In the past Ard has worked with Magic Garage in Los Angeles, Lend9 Gallery (Austria), Go Gallery (Amsterdam) CIAO (USA) and Blooom Art fair (Cologne). 

The self proclaimed “Street Art Jihadi” is not only showcasing his artwork but is also setting up community projects. With “Blue” he ignited a spark in Peoria Illinois, making mental health issues less of a taboo and setting up multiple billboards with local artists their art. He also joined Californian music label Liquid Geometry as a live painter and visual artist, creating album covers for Sleeve, Eigenheimer, Pluto Dash and a artwork on Nick & Simon’s album “Open”. 

Artist Statement:

"The underpinning of my work is the story. I consider myself a teller of true tales in a society obsessed with a fake digital status. Call me a nihilist, a punk, a pornographic connoisseur or the everlasting pessimist; at least I’m not sugarcoating my life to the point of beyond all recognition. 

Chefs use salt in order to enhance the sweet flavor of their dish. Life is like that; you need to overcome sorrow to realize what beauty lies beneath. I try to create that feeling in my paintings for your enjoyment and as a way to cope with my own doubts in life. With heavy brushstrokes, splatters and carvings I want to visualize the layered-reality we live in. Just because we can choose what to show about ourselves in this society doesn’t mean it’s an accurate depiction of our true form, in a way we’re becoming our own version of McDonalds.

As for my subject matter, it’s all based on people that I know in this freakshow called life. The hookers that I met as a kid, the homeless guy giving me advice about happiness, friends filled with teenage-angst and my family who are from the war-torn Balkans, they all contributed to the images that I create. You will see images about war, love, cheesecake-erotica and the internal struggles of a kid who hasn’t figured it all out yet; aimed to entertain you and to show you that life can be one hell of a ride."