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Archaic Monsters - Kris Marko


Born in 1975 in France, Kris Marko embarked on a diverse artistic journey starting as a comic strip artist under the pseudonym Dikeuss. After this first checkered career and a short stint in Africa, he settled in Cambodia and transitioned to painting.

His art, characterized by collage and symbolism, explores the themes of life/death, beauty/ugliness, and eros/thanatos.

Through collages of golden ornaments and decorative jewelry, he seeks to make the characters beautiful, but at the same time reveals their contradictions, ugliness, or even death instinct and emancipation.
Each painting is a psychoanalytic piece woven with personal symbolism from the author’s life, reflecting themes of social and familial emancipation, guilt, and more. Originally from former Yugoslavia steeped in French culture, Kris Marko delves into what is hidden and on the persistence of buried memories, and is adept at employing poetry and surrealist automatic writing.


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