Artist John Kraft

Bio

Artist John Kraft was born in Los Angeles in 1967. After graduating in 1989 with degrees in both Mechanical and Marine Engineering, John decided to pursue an artistic path. Throughout the 1990s he developed a style and visual vocabulary punctuated by bright colors and whimsical themes. He was selected as a featured artist by Apple in 2001, and his art has been included in Better Homes and Gardens, The Artful Home and Modern Painters. He has received coverage by the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times and MacWorld UK. In 2010, John was selected to create a large heart for Heroes & Hearts, which benefits the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (SFGHF). John participated in the Amsterdam based Project eARTh, and his work was featured in recent live auctions for the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation and ArtSpan - in both cases the winning bids were nearly double the stated value.  A full-time artist, John lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and his work can be found in both private and corporate collections worldwide. He is also a current member of the Marin Open Studios Board of Directors.

Selected Exhibitions

Back to the Picture, Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2017
Norton Factory Studios, Group Exhibition, Oakland, CA 2017
Arc Gallery, Summer of Love Juried Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2017
MOS Gallery, Group Exhibition, Corte Madera, CA 2017 
SOMArts, ArtSpan Art Bridge [Live Auction], San Francisco, CA 2017
Terra Gallery, Art of Fire [Live Auction], San Francisco, CA  2017
Oyster Point, Corporate Group Exhibition, South San Francisco, CA 2017
Misho Gallery, JustDiggit Project eARTh Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA  2017
CITY ART Gallery, Group Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA  2017
Arc Gallery, Juried Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA  2017
Google, Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2016
Autodesk, Group Exhibition, San Rafael, CA 2016
CITY ART Gallery, Group Exhibitions, San Francisco 2016
SOMArts, ArtLaunch Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2016
Art for AIDS, Juried Benefit Art Auction, San Francisco 2016
Arc Gallery, SF Open Studios, San Francisco, CA 2016
Pacific Art League Gallery, Art of Love Juried Group Exhibition Palo Alto, CA 2016
Arc Gallery, Juried Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2016
Town's End, Solo Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2016
Arc Gallery, SF Open Studios, San Francisco, CA 2015
Art for AIDS, Juried Benefit Art Auction, San Francisco, CA 2015
Autodesk, Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2015
CITY ART Gallery, Group Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA 2015
SOMArts, ArtLaunch Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2015
Town's End, Solo Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2015
ArtSpan Juried Benefit Art Auction, San Francisco, CA 2015
IMVU Headquarters, Solo Exhibition, Mountain View, CA 2015
Ask.com, Group Exhibition, Oakland, CA 2015
Slate Contemporary, Small Works, Oakland, CA 2014
Arc Gallery, SF Open Studios, San Francisco, CA 2014
SOMArts, ArtLaunch Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2014
Art for AIDS Benefit Art Auction - San Francisco 2014
CITY ART Gallery, Group Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA 2014
Intel Corporation, Group Exhibition, Santa Clara, CA 2014 
Town’s End, Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2014
SOMArts, ArtSpan Juried Benefit Art Auction, San Francisco, CA 2014
Etcetera, Solo Show, San Francisco, CA November 2014
Art for AIDS, Juried Benefit Art Auction, San Francisco, CA 2013
Misho Gallery, Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2013
ArtSpan Open Studios Exhibition at SOMArts, San Francisco, CA 2013
CITY ART Gallery, Group Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA 2013
UCSF Medical Center Serenity Invitational, Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2013
Arc Gallery, Juried Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2013
SOMArts, ArtLaunch Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2012
Art for AIDS, Juried Benefit Art Auction, San Francisco, CA 2012
SF Travel HQ, San Francisco, CA December, 2012
SF International Arts Festival, Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2012
CITY ART Gallery, Exhibitions, San Francisco, 2012
Spring Open Studios, Arc Studios & Gallery, San Francisco, March 2012
Hotel Triton, Solo Show, San Francisco, CA 2011
SOMArts, Visual Aid's Art Auction, San Francisco, CA, 2011
111 Minna Gallery, Benefit Auction for SF Children's Art Center, San Francisco, CA 2011
Art for AIDS, Juried Benefit Art Auction, San Francisco, CA 2011
Sutter Pacific, Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2011
UCSF Medical Center, Serenity Spring Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2011
Arc Gallery, Juried Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2011
SF Chronicle, Hub SOMA Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2011
Zinfandel Art Festival, Featured Artist, San Francisco, CA 2011
CITY ART Gallery, Group Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA 2010
Visual Aid Exhibition & Fundraiser, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA 2010
Heroes & Hearts – Large Heart, SF General Hospital Foundation, San Francisco, CA 2010
Barber Lounge - SOMA, Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2010
Artist Xchange Gallery, Best in Show, Group Show, San Francisco, CA 2010
111 Minna Gallery, Art Auction & Benefit, San Francisco, CA 2009
Durban-Segnini Gallery, Step by Step Group Exhibition, Miami, FL 2008
Intel Corporation, Group Exhibition, Corporate Headquarters, Santa Clara, CA 2008 

Press and Publications

Art and Arias (Marin Arts & Culture Magazine)
Tech + Art (ArtSpan)
John Kraft Charts Artistic Course (CMA Magazine)
John Kraft - Artiste Fabuleux (More & More Paris)
California Artist Reaches Out to Students Who Studied Him (Sun)
Flying Dolphins Celebrate Ocean's Seven Swimmer (PR Web)
SF Open Studios Featured Artist (Huffington Post)
Honoring Heart & Soul, Heroes & Hearts (San Francisco Chronicle)
Art and Arias - (Marin Arts and Culture Magazine)
America's Cup Makes San Francisco Artist Dream in Color (PR Web)
John Kraft - Left & Right Brain Maestro (DP Magazine)
SF Heroes & Hearts Featured Heart (Where Magazine)
Creativity on the Course - Art at the San Francisco Marathon 
Artist John Kraft  (Interviewfest) 
Heart-works: SF General Hospital Foundation (SF Gate)
John Kraft’s Virtual Opening Reception at Intel  (Art History, about.com)
John Kraft Extends Reach of Intel Exhibition Via YouTube, Facebook, and Google – (Reuters)
Featured Artist Interview (The Artist’s Reality)
A Playful Balance, Featured Artist (Better Homes & Gardens)
Google Helps Emerging Artists Go Global (PR Newswire)
Apple’s Featured Artist Programme (MacWorld UK)
Artist You Should Know – John Kraft (Art History, about.com)
Lombard Street – Cover Page Feature (SF Apartment Magazine)
Apple Selects John Kraft as Featured Artist (Bloomberg)

Education

B.S. Mechanical Engineering (CMA)
B.S. Marine Engineering (CMA)