Photo: Patrick Fraser




Inspired by the basic building blocks of the geometric world, Augustine Kofie has formed a retro-futuristic aesthetic which transplants these shapes and angles into a soulful, organic, yet highly mathematical form of abstraction. Merging his traditional graffiti education, his inclination toward “certain colour forms and certain application techniques”, with his deep love of illustration and preliminary design, his fondness for “drafts, architectural renderings and pre-production concepts”, Kofie plays with form and line, with balance and depth, twisting and manipulating his murals, his illustrations, his compositions, into ever new and dramatic arrangements.


Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kofie’s instinct to draw was cultivated through the creativity of his mother. Whilst she was studying fine arts at UCLA, Kofie was using the supplies that lay around his house to start experimenting on his own, he starting to excel in drawing by the time he had reached middle school. Whilst his art education never went further than high school, Kofie’s real training was garnered through his time spent painting graffiti, he coming to prominence in the Los Angeles graffiti scene by the mid 1990s. Giving him an extensive understanding of both “colour and layering, points of perspective and arrangement”, graffiti not only gave Kofie his technical foundation however, it also provided the underpinning for his love of construction and form: Through drafting and sketching wildstyle pieces, “stretching the letters out and rebuilding them, giving them varied points of perspective and basically building shapes out”, Kofie began to understand the architectural basis of writing, an understanding pushing him to focus on the linear rather than alphabetic aspects of his work. Having also felt that he had made an honest contribution to the LA graffiti scene, Kofie’s evolutionary drive meant he soon began to “distort and manipulate” his work, attempting to “re-contribute and redistribute something new”.


Developing his aesthetic into an almost pure abstraction then, dominated by the simple squares, triangles and circles that make up our structural universe, Kofie’s relentless desire to experiment and explore his visual surroundings meant he was forced to engage in a constant test of his own mindset and preconceived ideas, each work an attempt to find a geometrical solution to a graphical problem. Putting his entire soul into his work, into his craft, Kofie has thus formed an intensely layered, earthy, dynamic style of contemporary muralism, an illustrative practice which digs deep and looks forward, a practice, like the Roman God Janus, which surveys the future and the past at very the same time.


-Rafael Schacter , honorary research fellow at the Department of Anthropology at University College, London, 2013.







“Augustine Kofie is a guardian of the twisted path between the analog empire and the sugarcoded flytrap.  He continues to move forward by delving deeper into the fading resonance of the past. This is restitution, resurrection and reflection. He is a master craftsman so in tune with his process and his own self-determination that he simply surrenders to flow and builds from within outwardly. The artifacts he leaves behind are breadcrumbs to the soul. His tools are lines and shapes, the very things that so often divide, categorize and constrain us, yet when you look at the work of Augustine Kofie you realize these tools have become building blocks of perception that now radiate with a state of being. These lines and shapes have been reclaimed as agents of freedom, individuality and humanity. Maybe this is what “Working an Angle” is… taking something made for us and transforming it into something from us.”


      -Todd Mazer regarding Working An Angle

       Known Gallery, Los Angeles. Spring 2012




“A reoccurring theme in Kofie’s artwork is this interest in looking back in time for inspiration.  This motif manifests itself in several ways for this body of work.  First, you can see the inspiration several art historical styles have had on him, particularly as the title of the show suggests, Futurism and more specifically Futurist Architecture.  Futurism was an artistic and social movement that originated in Italy in the early 20th century.  It was characterized by an enthusiastic obsession with technology, particularly with its potential to be powerful, fast and dangerous. Though Kofie’s artwork does not address the same technology driven themes as the Futurists, he does work in a similar visual vocabulary which uses dynamic lines and shapes.”


       - Maggie Pike for  2011



  “Augustine Kofie, master of shapes and forms, plays with forgotten colors, flirts with the architecture of an idea, follows his pure instinct of balance. He certainly is a big name in our contemporary art landscape. His outstanding research in the construction of lines and geometrical power fields, lets us walk on a floorless space, teaches us to go back to our self primary construct of dreamt castles and unknown city shapes. Kofie argues with corners and circles, with sunwashed colors and the gap beetween now and yesterday. A post futuristic vision of a non existing urbanism where harmony should take over concrete squareness ….-

The work of Kofie is the approach to a parallel universe, far from materialistic shortsightedness and naive spiritualism. In Kofie ´s vision all forms are subsidiary through space and time, and are cohabiting with their own character and will. This should be the goal of our society.”


       -Jaybo Monk/ Berlin based Artist

        I Wish U Sun/ October 2010  



 ”I think Kofie’s work is extremely unique in the context of Urban Contemporary or Street Art as you don’t see anyone else of his standing in the community doing art like him. It’s very original in that setting and thus definitely sets him apart from his peers. I think his work shows people you can be a street artist in a completely new and fresh way. I actually think Kofie is a Modernist/Futurist painter first and street artist second… it’s all fine art but he shows you a way of doing it differently and really breaking rules and standards of what a street artist is. His work is extremely mature and well thought out and that inspires me.”


      -Justin Giarla Curator/Owner White Walls Gallery, San Francisco

       The Huffington Post/ October 2010





C u r r i c u l u m      V i t a e

Augustine Kofie/ Kofie’One (Juxtapox October 2010, #117)

b. November, 1973 in Los Angeles, CA.

Primarily self taught

Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Associated with: TPS [The Private Sektor], RF [Rapid Fire], UTI [Under The Influence], WCA [West Coast Art], Transcend, AOC, [Agents Of Change]







S e l e c t e d   S o l o   E x h i b i t i o n s /




Structurally Sound, White Walls, San Francisco, CA



California Soul / Graffuturism Paris, Galerie OpenSpace, Paris



Working An Angle, Known Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



Circulatory System, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA



Retrofitted & Other Forms Of Vintage Futurism, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA



Fall to Pieces, Noni Boutique, Los Angeles, CA

Vintage Futurism, Zero1 Gallery, Curated by Christina Ochoa, Los Angeles, CA



Kofie Vs SURU, SURU Store, Los Angeles,  CA



Electric Avenue, Bent Gallery, Pasadena,  CA

Drafted Soundcheck, Upon Shop, Silverlake, CA

Hands On, Transport Gallery, Solo Show, Downtown Los Angeles  CA




Recent Painting, Still Life Gallery, New York, NY



MOBILIZATION, 33 1/3 Gallery, Silver Lake CA





S e l e c t    C o l l e c t i v e   E x h i b i t i o n s /



Three The Hard Way, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR 



De La Ligne A L’abstraction, Yves Laroche Gallery, Montreal, Quebec 

Out With the Old, Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI 

Wider then a postcard, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR

Brit Week Urban Art Auction, Juliens Auctions, Beverly Hills, CA

Strictly Paper, SCHWALBE & SCHWALBE | Galerie München, Germany

Urban Art Biennale 2013, Völklingen Ironworks. Germany

10 Year Anniversary, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA

ARTSHARELA, Known Galery @ Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA




Graffuturism, Soze Galery @ Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA

Conversations: Kofie & Jaybo, SOZE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

Fear No Art 4, Forth Wall Project, Boston, Mass

Gather: A live art experiment with Paul Senyol, Lovell Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Futurism 2.0, Blackall Studios, London, England

GEOMETRICKS, Gallery Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Space/Form, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Marvelous Expeditions, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA

West Coast Artists Crew Exhibition, Mirror gallery, China Town, CA

Streets Of The World, Opera Gallery, New York, NY

Mission Accomplished, Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Discovery Exhibition, Well &Good, Toronto, Canada

LA Free Walls, LALAGallery, Los Angeles, CA

Affordable Art Fair, Edition One Hundred, Los Angeles, CA

Winter Group Show, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA



Affordable Art Fair, Edition One Hundred, LA Live event deck, Los Angeles, CA

Rudimentary Perfection, Recoat Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland   

Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA

Art in the Streets: Exhibition 01, via Steve Grody Photos, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Unintended Calculations, Becker Galleries, Vancouber, BC

Linear Empires, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA

AeroSoul 2: Urban Art Exhibition, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA

Edifice Cache: A Growing Installation, 5 Man Show, Morono Kiang Gallery, Bradburry Building, Downtown Los Angeles, CA



Los Angeles Art Show 2011, David Lawrence Gallery, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

Dreams Deferred: Artists Respond to Immigration, The Chinese American Museum (CAM), Los Angeles, CA

ART BASEL/ MIAMI, Primary Flight 2010, Fresh Produce Group Show, Miami, FL

HACER Presents: DUALITY Exhibition, CB GALLERY, Los Angeles, CA

SourceLA Modern Design Exhibition, L.A. Mart® Design Center, Los Angeles, CA

OP Straat, 3 man exhibition with Mear & Retna, Willem Kerseboom Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

L’ART URBAIN, Addict Gallery, Paris, France

ART BASEL/ Switzerland, Volta 6 Art Fair, Curated by The LA Art Machine, Switzerland

ART BASEL/ Switzerland, Scope Art Fair, Williem Kerseboom Gallery & LA Art Machine, Basel, Switzerland

Art Amsterdam Exhibition, Williem Kerseboom Gallery & LA Art Machine, RAI Exhibition Center, Amsterdam

Urban Avantgarde / STROKE 2.0 Urban Art Exhibition, Munich, Germany

Silver+Black, Group Exhibition Presented by Asha,  Melbourne, Australia

Never A Dull Moment, Group Show, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA

STREET LEGAL, Group Art Exhibition, Rivera & Rivera Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Vox Humana, Live Art Exhibition, LA Art Show 2010, Los Angeles Convention Center, CA  




SCION Installation 5. Traveling Group Art Exhibition & Benefit, NY, CA, MI, FL, AZ, MN, PA, OR

METALLUM, 2-man show with Codak, The Ronin Gallery, Echo Park CA

Octo Pusses, Group Show, Collaboration Piece with Cat Cult, New Image Art Gallery, Hollywood, CA

Fear No Art, Group Exhibition, Curator- Marka27, Boston, MA

Climb In The Back Window, Mural Installation & Install, Curator- Io Wright, Philadelphia, PA

MANIFEST HOPE:DC, Group Art Show for Barack Obama, Washington, DC



Oro Universal, Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA

El Mac y Kofie, 2-Man show, Red Letter 1 Gallery, Tampa, FL

Dumbo Incense Japan, Live showcase with Dragon 73, Kobe, Japan

I Am 8-BITT, World of Wonder, Hollywood, CA

LA STYLE 2, LA Contemporary, Culver City, CA

Trade Bloc, BLVD Gallery, Seattle, WA



THANKS With Frowhawk Two-Feathers, Unitard gallery, Los Angeles CA

SCION Installation 4. Traveling Group Art Exhibition & Benefit, NY, CA, TX, FL, MA, MN, PA, WA.

The Art Of Deception, The Progression Gallery, Pomona, CA

JIGSAW PAWS,  Mama Buzz, Oakland CA

LA STYLE, Group Show, LA Contemporary, Culver City, CA

Karak Karon, Meltdown Gallery,  Los Angeles, CA

Parco Gallery, Live Art Exhibition, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan



SCION Installation 3, Traveling Group Art Exhibition & Benefit, NY, CA, FL, WA, TX, PA, IL, GA

The Dolo Harvest, Group Show, Sol Sounds Record Shop,  Downtown Los Angeles, CA

SOUL SIGNIFICANCE, Crewest Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

MOVEMENT: Hip-Hop in L.A. - 1980’s to present, Department Of Cultural Affairs, KGB Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



Greg Craola Simkins & Kofie One, FIFTY24SF Gallery, San Francisco, CA

SCION Installation 2, Traveling Group Art Exhibition & Benefit,Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA

6875 Gallery/Showroom, Installation, Shibuya Ku, Tokyo, Japan



STREETWISE 3, 4 Man Show, Lab 101 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

GRA(FF)ITE, Crewest Gallery, Alhambra, CA

SLICK, JACK-IT! :Tag Teams on Denim, The Levi’s Store, Santa Monica, CA

SCION Installation 2, Traveling Group Art Exhibition & Benefit, CA, GA, TX, MA, IL, OH, CO, FL, NY, PA, WA.



Street Dreams, Ghetto Gloss Gallery, Curator- The Seventh Letter, Silverlake, CA

Beyond GRAFFITI Group show w/ Eder, Axis & Kajaya. Headquarters Gallery, In conjunction with Amnesty International. Hollywood, C

AYER…Still Alive, Benefit Show, Subject Matter Gallery, Curator_The Seventh Letter, Costa Mesa, CA

ASSEMBLAGE With Tony Kiem, Indigo Flower, Santa Monica, CA

TD.5 Show. Group Show, Indigo Flower, Santa Monica, CA

LA LA LA: Design By Design And Not By Design: LA Architecture, Mural Installations, Curator_Perlof/Webster, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA



Rock Fresh Renaissance: The Art of RF/TD.5 Designs & Kofie’one. Noni Gallery. Los Angeles,CA

HotsyDunk: The Produce Department Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Bulletin Board Show. Indigo Flower. Santa Monica, CA

Abstract Reality. Group Art Show, ICU Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



Program 12, Group Exhibition, Downtown Los Angeles, CA



CAPITAL ART, Group Art Exhibition, Track 16, Bergamot Station. Santa Monica, CA

Exhibition One,  Group Art Show, Indigo Flower. Santa Monica, CA

SPIT AND POLISH: Political art show with Robbie Conal, Axis. Art Place Gallery. West Los Angeles, CA



MILLENNIUM, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA

Police Brutality Exhibit, Live Art, Old County Jail, Los Angeles, CA

USTICE? JUST US, Curated by Robbie Conal. UCLA Wadswourth Theater, Westwood, CA

ARTSPEAKS: A concept against police brutality. Vision Theater, Leimert Park, Los Angeles, CA

WILD WILD WEST, ICU Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



S e l e c t e d   C o m m i s s i o n s,  I n s t a l l a t i o n s  &  C h a r i t y  B e n e f i t s /




The Hub & Herman Miller Foundation Mural, Commissioned by All City Canvas, Mexico City, D.F.   

Wild Card/ Creative space Mural Installation, Culver City, CA

CBRE/ West Coast Office Mural/ Commission, Los Angeles, CA

Gravillis Inc/ Creative space Mural Installation, Los Angeles, CA



Sesamee Street/ Known Gallery/ Group Benefit for City Of Hope, Dept. of Pediatrics, Los Angeles, CA

Central City Hospitality House 27th Anual Art Auction, Benefiting the Community Arts program, San Francisco, CA



SINGHA TransPortraits Artist Series/ Commission, San Francisco, CA 



Lexus/ Microsoft “Fresh Perspectives” Series/ Documentary, Los Angeles, CA 

Time Warner/ G4, Commissioned artwork + commercial usage in advertising, Los Angeles, CA

MANIFEST EQUALITY, Exterior Mural With El Mac & Retna, Hollywood ,CA 



Juxtapoz Magazine/ The Big Payback Show, Group Benefit Auction, Los Angeles, CA

HUGO BOSS, Window Installation for NYC store, New York, NY

CAT CULT Installation, Riverside Art Museum, Collaboration piece on display, Riverside, CA

Manuel Arts High School, Mural Installation, Los Angeles, CA

Parvus Gallery, Mural Installation with El Mac, Phoenix, AZ

De La Berracuda, Large Exterior, Mural Installation for Lionel Deluy, Los Angeles, CA

Engine Theatre, Experimental 4×4Tracktor Soundsystem/ DJ Set Performance. Hollywood, CA



Primary Flight, ‘Triangulation’s of KOF’ Mural Installation, Miami, FL

Dumbo Incense, Illustration commission for Custom incense packaging, Kobe Japan



Barack Obama Los Angeles Campaign Office Mural Comission, Curator- Yosi Sergant, Los Angeles, CA

THE GRIND: Charity Show, Foundation One Gallery, Atlanta, GA

TEMPT: Represent, Represent, Benefit Show, URB Gallery, Culver City, CA

GET: ART, Benefit Show, Bonhams & Butterfields Auction House, Hollywood, Ca

Pegasus Bookstore, Mural Comission, Oakland CA

From La With Love, Interior corner Installation, A+D Museum, Los Angeles, Ca

The GREEN, The Sundance Channel, Live Art Exhibition, Curator_Rabin Rodgers, Los Angeles ,CA



TARGET: Revolution Short Film, Live Art Installation, Tronic Studios, New York, NY

STUFF Magazine Awards, Live Art Exhibition, Curator_ Rabin Rodgers, Archlight Theater, Hollywood, CA

The Singles Table, Mural Installation for NBC Show, Commissioned by Charisse Cardenas, Los Angeles, CA



6785 Gallery, Live Art Exhibition, Cafe La Boheme. Aoyama, Tokyo Japan

Level Boutique, Mural Installation, Hiroshima Japan

Blow Your Head Tour With Stones Throw & Dj Muro, Club Air, Tokyo & Osaka, Japan

Claska Gallery, Mive Art Installation,  Meguro-Ku, Tokyo Japan

Gravillis Inc. Mural Installation, Los Angeles, CA

KEEP A BREAST:  Boarding For Breast Cancer Benefit, Lab 101 Gallery, Culver City, CA



Drafting Borough, BackWoods Store Live Art & Installation Exhibition, Backwoods Borough. Shibuya Ku, Tokyo Japan

AGNEDA Showroom, Mural Install, Fashion Mart Building, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Spiewak/ Rock The Vote/ Vapors,  Benefit Show, New York, NY

Hot Joint & Sound Eater Records, Interior & Exterior Mural Installation, Kiryu, Gunma, Japan

Corin Boutique, Interior & Exterior Mural, Kushiro City, Hokkaido, Japan

Stussy/Alife/Wu-Tang/Frank 151, Live Art, Shibuya Ku, Tokyo Japan



STUSSY, Comissioned design for LA themed skateboard &  T-shirt series


Crenshaw Wall, Black History Month Mural, Los Angeles, CA

5.1 Entertainment Office, Marvin Gaye Mural, West Los Angeles, CA

Stone Throw Records, Remixed logo for Japan tour



AMP showroom, Kareem Abdul Jabbar Mural.  Shibuya-ku, Japan

One World Access, Commissioned Hendrix Mural Installation, Malibu, CA

AWAKEN, Art director & lead illustrator for DVD/CD release. Curator_Poet Name Life



Charizmatik Flagship Store/ The Treehouse Endeavor. Large Exterior Mural. East Hollywood, CA

MALATHION, Commissioned illustrations for promotional flyers

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“Bizarre Beyond Belief”, Volume 1, Issue 6, Todd Mazer Interview, Fall 2012 

Graffiti Art magazine France, “Interview”, Issue #16, Summer 2012

“Monokrome: Volume 2″, Whitlocke, Robert, Monokrome Publishing, 2012

De L’Art Contemporarin Urbain: Le Guide 2012, France, Graffiti Art Magazine, 2012

”Walls & Frames: Fine Art from the Streets”, Maximilliano Ruiz, Gestaltan, 2011

Ji Myeong, ELLE Girl Korea, ”Walking with Art”, June 2011

“Street Art: The Best Urban Art From Around the World”, KET, Michael O’Mara Books LTD, 2011

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East Bay Express, Oakland CA, “Critics Choice” 2007

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”Graffiti LA by Steve Grody”, Abrams Publishing, 2007

Leopold, Shelley, LA Weekly, “Obamanation”, 2007

GRAB Magazine/ Italy, Volume 1, Spring, 2007

The KGH Magazine Japan “Spotlight”, Issue 1, 2007

COLOR magazine, ‘Cover Story”, AGENDA Exhibition Catalog Issue For Trade Show. 2007

”MOVEMENT: Hip-Hop in L.A. -1980’s to Present”, Department Of Cultural Affairs/ Exhibition Catalog, 2006

Warp Magazine JAPAN, ”L.A. Issue”, Volume 5, #62, 2004

Yonehara, Yasumasu, “Love Yone”, Office Samasama, August 2004

Free & Easy Japan, ‘Spotlight’,  Vol. 7 #74. 2004

Johnson, Reed, Los Angeles Times, “A Protest In Paint”, February 11, 2004

Urb Magazine, “NEXT 100″, Spring, 2003

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Flyer Magazine, Issue 6/ “Precision Bombing”,  Interview 2002

Rap Pages Magazine “Graff Pages”, February 1999

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