Emil Kozak, 1980, Denmark

Emil is from a small town in Denmark, and was inspired to take on graphic design as a result of his life long passion for skateboarding. He began at an early age to develop his skills, inspired by skateboard-art and album covers. Growing up in Denmark, the long tradition of scandinavian functional minimalism, is inevitable in his work.

He is now running his studio in Barcelona, artdirecting a clothing/surfing brand and exhibiting in art-galleries all over the world. The style is fresh and positive, but often with a message that digs deeper. Master of composition, an eye for detail, typographic, clean lines and few colors is often how Emil`s work is described. Yet, there is always an unexpected surprise in form of obscure references, wordplays, codes and hints.

He is motivated by a simple goal that resonates throughout his work:

”I hope that my work can remind us that imagination can defy gravity and bend time. It is our own responsibility to enjoy every second of the day. Nobody else can do that for us. Have fun, do what you love, love what you do. We might get thrown off this spinning ball of iron and mantle tomorrow.”

Selected clients:
Vans, 2013 – present
Vans Outerwear, 2007 – 2009
Twothirds, 2010 – present
Kelly Slater (CI surfboards) 2008 – present
Element Skateboards, 2007 – present
Nike, 2009 – 2011
Salamon Snowboards, 2009
ESPN, 2009
Burton Snowboards, 2008 – 2010
Dell (RED), 2009
LG, 2009
Gorilla/FCS, 2008
Endomondo, Identity, 2008
Zune, Microsoft, 2007
Duvel, 2011
Wonderful Copenhagen, Identity, 2007
Lab Skateboards, 2005 – present
Braun, 2010 – present
Ferm Living, 2010
IDN, 2011
Norse, 2009
ASP Europe, 2011
Uniqlo, 2007 – present

Solo Exhibitions:
2014 Box, Aarhus, Denmark
2014 Nina Sagt, Dusseldorf, Germany
2013 Miscellanea, Barcelona, Spain
2012 M3 Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
2011 Dias Nordicos, Madrid, Spain
2010 Bright, Berlin, Germany
2010 Nina Sagt, Dusseldorf, Germany
2009 Galleri Cosmo, Barcelona, Spain
2008 Vallery, Barcelona, Spain
2008 Flow, San Sebastian, Spain

Group Exhibitions:
2015 The Current Gallery, Spain
2013 Twothirds, Surf in Barcelona, Spain
2013 Cosmo Reskate, Barcelona, Spain
2012 Subtext, San Diego, USA
2011 Galleri Cosmo, Barcelona, Spain
2011 Sopa De letras, Barcelona, Spain
2010 Monster Children Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2010 Libros Mutantes, Madrid, Spain
2009 Panos, Lyon France
2008 RAS, Barcelona, Spain
2008 Miscellanea, Barcelona, Spain
2008 Fashion Dogs, Barcelona, Spain
2007 Human Empire, Hamburg, Germany
2007 Vallery, Barcelona, Spain
2007 Wurst gallery, Portland, USA

Self-published books:
2011 Small Pencils, Big dreams
2010 Little White Plastic Bird
2010 Habana Libre
2010 Greetings From The C-31
2010 Der hvor kragerne vender

Authoring:
2011 Mid Fi – Published by Indexbook
2009 One Day – Published by Indexbook

Conferences/Speaks/lectures:
2012 WLGD, Copenhagen, Denmark
2012 GDFB, Breda, The Netherlands
2012 OFFF Conference, DHUB, Barcelona, Spain
2012 Teaching Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany
2012 Lecture, Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany
2012 Blue tomato workshop, Wien, Austria
2011 Blanc Festival, Vilanova, Spain
2009 A!, Ixtapa, Mexico

Collections:
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

RNE4 Spanish national radio (interview)
Los Logos (Book)
Beautiful Decay (Interview/magazine)
Experimenta Design Magazine (feature/magazine)
Transition Magazine (Interview/magazine)
Kelvin – Die gestalten (Book)
IDN (feature/magazine)
IDN – the black and white issue (feature/magazine)
IDN – 15th anniversary book (Book)
Muse (interview/online)
Tres Logos (book)
ONO skatemag (Interview/magazine)
Exit strategy (Interview/magazine)
Feed me cool shit (interview/online)
Visual (Interview/magazine)
WWD07 (Book)
IDpure (Interview/magazine)

El Pais (interview/newspaper)
Luksus (Interview/magazine)
UNO (Interview/magazine)
Pictoplasma (Book)
S.M.L. Victionary (Book)
Logo Victionary (Book)
Logology (book)
Behance (interview/online)
Pestol (interview/online)
Human (Book)
BAK magazine – issue 10 (Interview/magazine)
Creative Circle 2004 (Jury-member)
Computer Arts – Various issues (Interview/magazine)
Danmarks Radio (P1) (Interview/radio)
DesignFreak (interview/online)
Terminal B (interview/book)
UnderSpray (interview/online)

Shoes Up (feature/magazine)
Sireh & Cengkeh (interview/online)
F’kn Mayhem (interview/online)
RevolverLover (interview/online)
Tacky DK (feature/online)
Tacky world (interview/online)
International Design Yearbook 2007 (Book)
PIG Magazine (feature/magazine)
Metro – Spanish edition (feature/newspaper)
Illustration Mundo (interview/online)
Berlingske Tidende 1 (feature/newspaper)
Berlingske Tidende 2 (feature/newspaper)
La Mono (interview/magazine)
Fashionmag (feature/magazine)
Diseco (feature/online)
Euroman (Interview)
Streetwear today (Interview/feature/magazine)

Huck Magazine (feature/magazine)
The Outsiders (feature/book)
On Board (feature/interview/book)
Vice (feature)
Dogway (feature/magazine)
Swell (feature/magazine)
Freeze (Interview/feature/magazine)
Nordic surfers (Interview/magazine)
Urban Magazine (feature/magazine)
SVRF (feature/magazine)
6AM Mag (Interview/feature/magazine)
Clark (Interview/feature/magazine)
ELLE (Interview/feature/magazine)
Slanted (Interview/feature/magazine)
Code (Interview/feature/magazine)
Blue, japan (Interview/feature/magazine)
Arteuparte (Interview/feature/magazine)
Etc.