Working as a non-representational painter in mixed media, Laks creates modular works, blasting with industrial grade tools onto birch panels. Creating layer after layer, sanding in between each plane, resulting in large-scale and even colossal, highly theatrical works that are smooth, yet rich with depth. The marks spread across multiple panels, clothing, objects, and instruments, creating intimate moments of space and simultaneously, the magnanimous total experience of a galaxy.
Laks’ works are part of numerous private collections and have shown
internationally in galleries, public spaces, and private exhibitions. ilan Laks now
lives and works in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters.
For nearly 20 years, instruction has been an important part of ilan's practice. ilan teaches students of any age, one on one, small groups, and in schools. Specializing in studio practices and the artistic process, Laks is an experienced and dynamic teacher who helps students find their mark.
ilan has a BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute (2005).
His studio is in Culver City.
He is the founder and director of AudioCinema, an art and music production facility in Portland Oregon. For nearly 10 years AudioCinema has served the art/music/culture community.