Los Angeles native and current resident, Kohshin Finley (b. 1989), earned his BFA from Otis College of Art and Design. Kohshin’s latest works depict people of color as they attempt to answer the question, ‘how do I survive in America?’ The subjects of these paintings are captured in a vulnerable state of being, at their most honest and revealing. Born and raised in the racial and social climate of South Central Los Angeles, Kohshin taps into his own history and experiences to create each painting. Prior to each painting he writes stories stemming from those experiences to tell a personal story that takes on new life within the canvas. These poems and phrases are then written in diaristic scrawls throughout the paintings as if the characters wrote them. Kohshin creates paintings in this way to showcase his own vulnerabilities, and to give the viewer permission to discover something about themselves when viewing his paintings.
New paintings by artist Kohshin Finley will be on display at The Brand Library and Art Center in Los Angeles, CA starting on November 18th, 2017.