Artist Spotlight: Adi Kraus

Adi Kraus lives and works in New York, NY. Adi graduated from the Western Galilee Collage in Architectural Practical Engineering, with distinction. He worked with leading Israeli architect Ram Carmi in the years 1995-1997.Adi moved to New York in 1999 and worked as an architect while taking figurative sculpting classes at The Art Students League of New York. He received the Nessa Cohen grant and several Best of Show awards.Since 2014, he has been working in his own studio, using various mediums and self-developed techniques.

What or who inspired you to want to be an artist?
I used to do art for fun when I was younger, and I reconnected to this passion during my years of traveling in 1997-1998, with main inspirations being Rodin and Michelangelo.

What was your creative journey that has brought you to where you are in your career today?
When I was a little kid, I was interested in sculpture, but I didn’t think being an artist was an option for me. Years later, when I traveled at the age of 27, I re-discovered art and became passionate about it. When I moved to NYC, I started taking sculpting classes at The Art Students League as a hobby, and a few years later, I started renting an art studio and allowing my art to become a bigger part of my life.

What do you need as an artist today?

I need to find a way to become an artist full-time. Grants are helpful, as well as help with promoting my art. It would also be great to find a local mentor or community to help me grow.

What creative project are you working on now?
I’m developing my wire technique in a new way, and I am learning light/shade effects.

What does it mean to you to have an organization like the AICF?
Having AICF means having an organization that supports artists and culture.