Viktor Koen

Viktor Koen is an award winning artist, curator and Chair of the BFA Illustration & BFA Comics departments at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He holds a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem and an MFA with honors from SVA. His client list includes The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Newsweek, Esquire, Nature, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Wired, ESPN, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, Fortune, Money, Forbes, Penguin Random House, Doubleday, Harper Collins, Rizzoli, Houghton Miflin, Tor Books, Atlantic Records, Virgin the BBC and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Frequently featured in books and publications, his work is exhibited in galleries and museums around the world and represented in private and institutional collections. Mr. Koen is a TED speaker and regularly lectures for academic and professional institutions and conferences.

Distinctions include: Communication Arts Award of Excellence, Graphis Gold Awards, Folio Awards, American Illustration, 3×3 Educator of the Year.

Archive Exhibitions Featuring Viktor Koen

Greetings from Pandemic Island

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2023

A personal record of the pandemic experience on the island of Manhattan connecting the 1918-19 influenza and COVID-19 outbreaks. Spanning a century, this visual essay documents the crises by questioning issues of individual and collective responsibility but also highlights new and long existing racial and socioeconomic disparities catalyzed by the epidemic.

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Martial Arts

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5 Uplands
 archive : 2013

Martial Arts is a combination of the “WarHeads” triptych and its sister series of alphabet prints, “Warphabet”. Both bodies of work cover the same subject matter from different directions, trying to better complete the way armed conflicts are presented and understood.

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Archive Sessions and Events Featuring Viktor Koen

Sep 292013

Artist Talk: Free Advice

This talk will regurgitate advice given to me through the years, especially pieces of it I found to apply well in the creative process, (or ones that make me sound intelligent) and try to explain how a sweet boy, good with a pencil (as my late father lovingly used to describe me) turned into a picture making maniac with workaholic tendencies and illusions of grandeur. A grueling Q&A session will follow.

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