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Bright and Frantic Tiki Art by Ken Ruzic

A painting of a few tiki figures drinking at a barLast Call at the Kahuna Room, acrylic on wood

Ken Ruzic creates fantastically bright and frantic tiki art, merging pop-art and cartoon aesthetics Polynesian mythology. The artist’s portfolio is packed with densely detailed figurative imagery made in a range of traditional media.

A sculpted tiki ceramic glassCannibal King open line edition, ceramic


I love the amount of color that Ken packs into his works – even in drawings and paintings that are relatively de-saturated, the artist sticks to an enthralling palette of bright greens and blues, with pops of warmer color like red and orange to give each work a great sense of energy. The artist also creates tiki-themed trinkets in the form of glassware and ceramics, which are sculpted with an impressive attention to detail.

A screen capture of Ken Ruzic's art


As we discussed in our previous feature of Ken’s complex, grotesque mythological art, the artist’s works often feature Hawaiian and Polynesian legends. These mythologies factor prominently, but many other figures also appear in Ken’s portfolio. The artist packs enough detail into his scenes to rival the grandest ancient tapestries.

A painting of tiki mythological figures in a poolPool of the Ancestors, acrylic on wood

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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