Art Koch

Title: Owner
Company: AKstudio
Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Art Koch, Owner at  AKstudio, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mural painting.

With more than 40  years of experience to his credit, Mr. Koch has excelled as a videographer and photographer with Welcome to the Jungle France since 2022, a food and real estate photographer. the videographer and drone pilot with OCUS since 2019 and the owner of AKstudio since 2002. During this time, he was additionally active in various design, artistry and academic roles with The Foundry, Volkswagen Electronic Research Laboratory, Bigpoint Inc., The Onag Group, SonicJam Inc., Expression College for Digital Arts and Maya Instructor, Art Institute of California-San Francisco, to name only a few. He previously served as a 2D/3D artist, digital artist and animator with such companies as Blue Shift, Electronic Arts, Epyx and Spectrum Holobyte between 1987 and 2002. Mr. Koch began his career as an illustrator and process camera operator with the Columbia Daily Tribune from 1982 to 1984 before working as an illustrator and layout artist with Krames Communications from 1985 to 1987.

Completing coursework in printmaking at the City Literary Institute of London and coursework in fine art at the Rutherford School of Art prior to embarking on his professional path, Mr. Koch subsequently earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and photography, cum laude, from Columbia College in 1983. He continued his academic efforts with coursework in digital production studio and digital effects for film and television at the Academy of Art between 1996 and 1997 before concluding his studies at the City College of San Francisco with coursework in numerous disciplines between 2001 and 2015. Beyond his primary responsibilities within the field, he has contributed to his community through Faith in Action, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and Poor People’s Army, The Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center, SF Quakers, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, among other organizations. In light of his exceptional undertakings, Mr. Koch has been notably presented with the 1996 State of the Arts Award, the 1995 Award for Tenacity and the 1992 Rookie of the Year Award from Electronic Arts.

The son of a painter and a corporate executive, Mr. Koch attributes his success to his parents for supporting him in his endeavors as well as his ability to parlay his practical work experience to his creative endeavors. Harboring a lifelong passion for art, he believes his most notable accomplishment has been bridging the gap between traditional and digital art in addition to his opportunity to teach academically and conduct both documentary photography and landscape painting. In the coming years, Mr. Koch hopes to sell his business and retire while painting large-scale public murals in his spare time.

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