Face Your Fears | RISK

Presented by Chase Contemporary

Multi-talented artist, sculptor, and graffiti pioneer Kelly "RISK" Graval has been synonymous with the Los Angeles art community for decades. With a career spanning over 30 years, RISK holds his place in the history books as a world-renowned graffiti legend and contemporary artist. From his early days as a founder of the West Coast Graffiti movement to gallery and museum exhibits around the globe, RISK transformed from a street artist into a rising star of the contemporary art world. Face Your Fears is inspired both by Damien Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991) and a conversation between the artist and the late painter Ed Moses, a seminal figure in the Post-War, West Coast art scene, about Buddhism. 

His work has been shown in top galleries in LA, San Francisco, Toronto, New York, Miami, and London. His work has also been featured in major museum exhibits including the 2012 "Art In The Streets" at the LA MoCA and the hugely successful “Beyond The Streets” exhibits in Los Angeles and New York. RISK has been compared to the Ferus Gallery movement by art academia. “Being called the new generation of the Ferus movement is the biggest compliment anyone could give me. They have been a huge inspiration to me. I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the original Ferus Gallery artists, Including his hero Ed Moses.


RISK - born Kelly Graval
DoB/Age - 1967 - age 54
Born in - Louisiana
Work: “Face Your Fears” Shark
Medium: Found metal objects