Kurtis grew up in the small mining town of Ely, NV. There was never much culture or Art in the area but his Family and Mentors always encouraged him to pull from his creativity and create a world far better then his own. Kurtis then attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he studied Fine Art which he completed in 2006.
Growing up Kurtis had always had a fascination with fashion, history, and beauty. It is not till he left his small town to attend a university where he started to pull these elements together. “ I am not so much inspired by the history you learn in textbooks, but I am more drawn to the history of an individual, maybe never documented, and how that history has created such a beautiful or slightly eerie being.” Kurtis creates these visions of beauty whose stories appear to be shrouded in ornate clothing and effortless hair, but when observed at more then just a glance you will get a taste of what they have been through or perhaps what they lack.
In the Future Kurtis plans on pushing emotions even further, drawing inspiration from world where people live longer, experience more, and their emotions seem more raw despite their cosmetic appearance, and how this time lapse may affect the history of his imagery.www.rykovich.com