Frank Kozik, born in 1962, has been credited with “single handedly reviving the lost art of the concert poster.” In 1981, as part of Austin’s growing underground punk rock scene in the early eighties. he began designing and posting black and white flyers for friends’ bands on telephone poles. His reputation quickly grew as an artist whose work was graphically compelling and culturally gripping. He transitioned into producing large, colorful silkscreen concert posters for a wide range of musicians such as Pearl Jam, The White Stripes, The Beastie Boys, Green Day, Neil Young and Nirvana.
In 1995, while living in San Francisco, he started his own record label, Man’s Ruin Records. The majority of his posters and album art during this era were hand silkscreened and numbered at his studio. During this time he designed and released over 200 singles and full-length albums including an album by the Sex Pistols and the first Queens of the Stone Age single.
Frank works closely with Kidrobot and many other boutique toy companies to produce his toys, including many versions of his iconic Labbit character. To date he has designed over 500 different limited edition figures. He also creates hand painted toy editions and still designs posters.
Under the Ultraviolence imprint, Kozik produces limited edition art objects in vinyl, fiberglass, bronze and Limoges porcelain that are often more complex in content and larger in scale than his other vinyl toys. Kozik’s work has been exhibited in over 40 group shows and 35 one-man gallery exhibits worldwide.