Ken Fury's art explores the driving force of the dual polarities of existence - creation and destruction - and the relationship between humans and Nature. His art expands on multi-dimensional figurations, abstractions, and spaces derived from his dreams, subconscious, and life experiences. Love, mortality, transformation, eroticism, and spirituality are some subjects that permeate Ken's body of work. He expresses his vision through a multi-sensory output of channels, including painting, jewelry, music, dance, poetry, photography, and filmmaking.
Kenneth Marez Jr. (Ken Fury) is an artist working in multiple mediums, including painting, jewelry, music, dance, poetry, photography, and filmmaking. He is from Pueblo, Colorado, descending from Nuevomexicano and Indigenous (Genízaro) roots from southern Colorado and New Mexico. His artistic vision explores the dual polarities of existence – creation and destruction – and the relationship between humans and Nature. His art expands on multi-dimensional figurations, abstractions, and spaces derived from his dreams, subconscious, and life experiences. Love, mortality, transformation, eroticism, spirituality, and colonialism are some subjects that permeate Fury’s body of work. “My art is part of one expanding environment that focuses on stimulating all the senses. While also relying on intuition to create spontaneous works that attempt to pierce the core of emotion and spirit.”
Ken started painting at a young age, influenced by both his parents, who are artists. His paintings express the connection of emotions, movement, and energy using vibrant colors that reveal otherworldly scenes, landscapes, symbolism, and inter-dimensional characters that tie into his cultural roots. His jewelry is an extension of his artwork in sculptural form and is handmade using traditional metalsmithing techniques. Ken started teaching himself how to make jewelry in 2006. To further his skillset, he graduated from Studio Jewelers Ltd. in Manhattan. His jewelry and artwork have been in publications and exhibited in art galleries and museums.
His approach encompasses all his art forms, including dance. Ken started teaching himself how to dance at the age of eleven. By the time he was sixteen, he had won all the significant Breaking events in Colorado and competed in nearby states. After high school, Ken moved to New York City with an invitation to study and join the hip-hop theater company Full Circle Productions. While performing in theater, he also danced on the streets of New York City with the legendary dance crew, The NYC Float Committee. He also learned from Incredible Breakers. Ken's signature style has won him over 30 of the top Breaking competitions worldwide and more with his crew Supreme Beingz. He has been invited to judge many of the most influential dance events and has choreographed and performed in films and commercials. Knowing the positive impact art and dance have had on his life, Ken shares his multidisciplinary knowledge through his Breaking Insititute programs. He has taught at schools and universities, including New York University's TISCH School of the Arts and the Seoul Institute of the Arts, and has traveled as a Cultural Ambassador with the U.S. Department of State's Next Level and American Voices programs.
In 2010, with the inspiration to combine his poetry, the world of his paintings, and dance, Ken began producing music. He began experimenting with electronic instruments, including drum machines, synthesizers, theremin, bass, and guitar. He wrote and released Flowers Fall Asleep (2012). Followed by Moonlight Bloom (2013), The Cry of Nature's Birth (2016), and Rain over Clouds (2020). Ken Fury's sound explores surreal worlds that weave in and out of life on earth that directly link to the past and future. His poetic lyrics tie together romantic, sci-fi, and futuristic themes through atmospheric soundscapes with textured electronics and heavy drums. He's performed at music venues in NYC and on radio stations, including WFMU. The short films he directs present his music's theatrical nature in visual form. They have screened and received awards at film festivals, including the Portland Film Festival, Native Spirit Festival, Four Corners Film Festival, and the American Indian Film Festival. Ken is currently a Native American Music Awards 2022 nominee.
Ken Fury currently lives in New York City.